Camp Road Middle School staff members and students, Charleston County School District (CCSD) officials, and community leaders gathered for a dedication ceremony to highlight the newly-constructed school building at 1825 Camp Road on James Island last night. The celebration included the dedication of the David Parler Gymnasium and J. Arthur Brown Media Center.
David Parler retired as principal of Camp Road earlier this school year. He was previously the principal of Fort Johnson Middle School for 16 years and has held various administrative and teaching roles in CCSD throughout his career as an educator.
J. Arthur Brown, who served as president of the NAACP in South Carolina, was involved in the desegregation of Edisto State Park and other public locations in the late 1950s, desegregation of the Charleston Municipal Golf Course in 1961, desegregation of Charleston School District in 1963, as well as organizing and leading multiple social movements such as sit-ins, boycotts, and participating in crucial court cases throughout the state of South Carolina.
The $52 million project, which was funded by a “Yes” vote of the Charleston Education Capital Improvements Sales and Use Tax Referendum of 2014, is built to serve 900 students in a 137,000 square-foot building. The facility has a core and expansion space for a future capacity of 1,200 students, if needed.