GCS and Community Leaders Break Ground at FIHS
Greenville County Schools administrators, trustees and community leaders broke ground at the site of the new Fountain Inn High School at 600 Quillen Avenue in Fountain Inn. The event was held in the area that will house the cafeteria and commons. A crane is in place when the main school building will site and work has begun to construct the gymnasium. Superintendent Dr. Burke Royster said, “Not only are we building part of this community, we are providing the opportunity for the community to help build the school. As the school is built bricks and mortar everything affiliated with this school will also be built, the academics, arts and athletics programs, all of those things that are so vitally important to the life of a high school. This community will have a chance to be a part of every one of those firsts.” Fountain Inn High School Principal Maureen Tiller began work in July to oversee construction, build relationships in the community and help develop the curriculum. Tiller is the former principal of Clinton High School in Laurens County. “Fountain Inn High will be considered a comprehensive high school,” Tiller said. “We will have all of the traditional programs but we will also have a specific focus for the Institute for Automation and Engineering. Students can study engineering, computer science and mechatronics. There will be work based learning opportunities, internships, apprenticeships and connections with business and industry in the area to provide pathways to the future for students.” Fountain Inn High School will open to freshmen in August, 2021. In October, Greenville County Schools trustees unanimously passed an assignment plan to populate the high school. Fountain Inn High will relieve overcrowding and accommodate growth at Mauldin and Hillcrest High Schools. FIHS is the first high school created in the district since the opening of Mauldin and Riverside High Schools in 1973.