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Encyclopedia > Eastside High School (Taylors, South Carolina)

Eastside High School is a high school located in Taylors, a suburb of Greenville, South Carolina. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Taylors is a census-designated place located in Greenville County, South Carolina. ... Greenville is the sixth largest city in the state of South Carolina. ...

It is a public school under jurisdiction of the Greenville County School District. Size – 58th largest in the nation (65,287 students and growing!) Square Miles – 800+ Service Area – Most of Greenville County and Parts of Spartanburg and Laurens Counties 12 National Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence 17 Palmettos Finest Schools (State’s Top Schools) 33 Red Carpet Schools (Customer Friendly Award...



Eastside first opened its doors to 650 students in August of 1970. The students came from Wade Hampton, Lincoln, Greer, and J.L. Mann High Schools. Mr. John Durr, Eastside's first principal, welcomed Eastside's first student body and shared his vision of a strong, united, spirited,and comprehensive community high school whose students could realize their goals and reach their full potential. During its first year, Eastside established school colors of royal blue and gold, chose the eagle as its mascot, decided upon its motto, printed its first school newspaper (The Eagle's Cry), and began its first yearbook (Aurea Aquila). Eastside also formed its chapter of the National Honor Society and began its marching band (without uniforms).

By 1973, Eastside's student body had doubled in size; the building had also been enlarged to accommodate this growth. Mr. Eddie Jones became Eastside's second principal at the beginning of the 1973-1974 academic year. In the fall of 1975, Dr. Leonard Pellicer became Eastside's third principal. By 1977 athletics became the focus for school spirit and pride. The football team, under the direction of John Carlisle, won Eastside's first state championship. Mr. J. Brodie Bricker became Eastside's fourth principal beginning in 1977 and remained in that position longer than any other principal. Mr. Bricker established the slogan "PRIDE OF THE UPCOUNTRY" to designate Eastside's achievements.

The 1980's saw Eastside's student population increase to over 1400. Dr. Alexia Latimer established the first computer lab in the School District of Greenville County. Natural Helpers, a national peer counseling organization, was established as the first in Greenville County as well as in South Carolina. In 1987 Eastside was entered in the Guinness Book of World Records for the world's largest car wash (over 1000 cars in a single day.) 1987 also brought Betty Workman as Eastside's first female principal. Mrs. Workman, who had been at Eastside since it's opening, continued the leadership of Eastside with excellence. Dr. Lacy Wilkins began his stewardship at Eastside in the fall of 1988 and initiated students reciting the Pledge of Allegiance at the beginning of the school day.

The 1990's witnessed the reconstruction of Eastside's football stadium and also ushered in the concept of Site-Based Management. Eastside's seventh principal, Ken Peake, began his leadership role in 1993. Eastside celebrated its twenty-fifth anniversary at the time Mr. Peake was principal. Mr. Dave Quick served as principal between 1995 and 1998 and was followed by Mr. Buddy Blackmon at the beginning of the 1998 school year. Mrs. Sheryl Taylor became the interim principal beginning in August, 2000, and thus is Eastside's second female principal.


Eastside's athletic teams compete under the nickname "The Eagles." The school's teams have won 22 state championships including: 1977 4A Boys Football coached by John Carlisle,
1980 4A Girls Tennis,
1983, 1985, 1986 4A Boys Soccer coached by Frank Riddlehoover,
2005 3A Boys Soccer coached by David Craig,
1987, 1988 4A Boys Cross Country coached by Ed Boehmke,
1998, 2000, 2003, 2007 3A Girls Soccer,
2000, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 3A Boys Wrestling. Coached by: Jack Kosmicki,
2005 AAU Club State Wrestling Champions. Coached by: Ed Coles


Eastside has many clubs and societies students can join such as National Honor Society, National Art Honor Society, Sierra Club, Student Government, Key Club, Dance Team, Natural Helpers, Newspaper (Eagle's Cry), Yearbook, Multicultural Awareness Club and many more.

External link

  • Eastside High School Website
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