Hall of Fame
The Greenville County Schools Hall of Fame honors those men and women who have graduated from or worked at Greenville County Schools and made a substantial or significant contributions at the local, regional, national, or international levels in areas such as academia and education, arts, athletics, business, media, public service, philanthropy, medicine, military, or science.
Membership in the Hall of Fame has been expanded to include former educators who enhanced our community and contributed to the success of countless students through their years as a GCS employee.
The Hall of Fame Gala is Thursday, November 9 at 5:30 p.m. at the Greenville Convention Center. It is for ticketed guests only. Tickets and sponsorships must be purchased by Friday, October 27.
Summa Cum Laude - $7,500
Magna Cum Laude - $5,000
Dean's List - $1,000
Cum Laude - $2,500
Honor Roll - $500
Special Thanks to our PTA Table Hosts for our Inductees
- Bethel Elementary
- Monarch Elementary
- Riverside High/Riverside Middle/Beck Academy/Buena Vista
- Sara Collins Elementary
- Stone Academy
- Taylors Elementary
Mike Chibbaro (graduate)
Mike Chibbaro is a 1977 Wade Hampton High School graduate. He is a Senior Facilitator with Battlefield Leadership LLC, an experiential leadership development company that utilizes history’s greatest lessons to equip and encourage leaders. He is a former senior partner with the global accounting and advisory firm of Ernst & Young LLC, where he held several key leadership positions, including Quality and Risk Management Leader and Learning and Development Leader for their Americas Consulting Practice. He is a recipient of Ernst and Young’s Distinguished Educator Award. Mike is a storyteller and an author of several sports-history books: Voices From Meadowbrook Park: Memories of Greenville, South Carolina’s Historic Baseball Park (1938 – 1972), The Mighty Generals: A Story of Basketball Championships and Racial Unity in the Deep South, and The Cadillac: The Life Story of University of South Carolina Football Legend Steve Wadiak. He serves on the Board of Directors for the South Carolina Christian Foundation and Upward Sports.
Betty Farr (graduate)
Business Owner/CEO (retired)
Betty Farr is a Greenville native and a 1951 Greenville High School graduate. She has committed her life to positively impacting others in the community. After school, Betty started her own business, Betty's School of Dance. Along with teaching dance, she is a renowned storyteller across South Carolina. She tells stories at schools, nursing homes, children's hospitals, and many other places, dressing in costumes to entertain for the holidays. Betty serves on many nonprofit Board of Directors and continues to give her time and talents. She has received numerous awards, including the Order of the Palmetto in 2003. Grandma Betty’s Farm at the Children’s Museum of the Upstate and the Betty & Judd Farr Music Garden at Unity Park are both named in her honor. Betty became CEO of her family business in 2008 after her husband's passing. She retired in 2021 after the business was sold, but continues to stay actively involved in the community. Betty is the mother of seven, grandmother of 15, and great-grandmother of 10.
Ray Lattimore (graduate)
Business Owner, President/CEO
Ray Lattimore is a 1978 Wade Hampton High graduate. He is the Founder and President of Marketplace Professional Staffing, Inc., a staffing and employment agency headquartered in Greenville. Ray grew up in Nicholtown where he played basketball, football, and baseball and became the first member of his family to attend college. He played basketball at Spartanburg Methodist University and Southern Wesleyan University. After graduating with a business degree, Ray earned two associate degrees in marketing and computer technology from Greenville Technical College. Ray worked for Metropolitan Life Insurance Company for 15 years before starting Marketplace Services, a small business that prepared citizens for successful entry into the corporate workforce. Now, Marketplace Professional Staffing enjoys a client portfolio with companies like Procter & Gamble, Michelin Tires North America, and Verizon Wireless. Ray has served on several local boards, including Southern First Bank, Artisphere, Phillis Wheatley Community Center, and United Way of Greenville County.
Krish Patel (graduate)
Krish Patel, a 2004 Mauldin High School graduate, is an entrepreneur and the Founder and CEO of KVP INC., a private equity management and real estate development firm. Krish opened his first Verizon Wireless store just months after graduating from the University of South Carolina Upstate in 2008. Four years later, KVP INC. was named one of the fastest-growing businesses in South Carolina by Greenville Business Magazine and was ranked 25th nationally for INC 500. As President and CEO, he oversaw 50 Verizon Wireless retail stores and nearly 300 employees across five states. He opened Soul Yoga in Greenville in 2015 and a second Soul Yoga in Simpsonville in 2019. Krish is a member of the Entrepreneurs Organization and Young Presidents’ Organization, a global leadership community of chief executives to effect positive change in lives and businesses. He serves on the Board of Directors for Urban League of the Upstate, the Advisory Board for United Community Bank, and City of Greenville’s Board of Zoning Appeals.
J. Brodie Bricker, Ph.D. (educator)
Teacher and Administrator
Dr. Brodie Bricker began his career in education at Wade Hampton High School in 1968, where he served as a social studies teacher and the school’s first soccer coach. A year later, he became an Assistant Principal and would go on to be the Principal at Eastside High and Carolina High before he was named Area Superintendent for Southwest Area Schools in 1988. He also served the district as the Executive Director of Administrative Leadership and the Executive Director of Professional Growth and Leadership. Brodie came out of retirement to serve as Principal at Beck Academy from 2002 to 2010 and as Interim Principal at Riverside Middle from 2011-2012. During his time with Greenville County Schools, Brodie received the First Union Outstanding Educator’s Award, the SCASA State Administrator of the Year Award, the South Carolina Business Center for Excellence in Education’s Administrator of the Year award, the Greater Greenville Association of Educational Professionals’ Administrator of the Year award and the South Carolina Association of Educational Office Professionals’ Administrator of the Year award.
Clark Woods – Awarded Posthumously (educator)
Clark Woods, a 1965 Hillcrest High School graduate, returned 15 years after graduation to teach Agriculture for over three decades. While teaching, Clark was active in Future Farmers of America. He started Farm City Day for elementary students and expanded the agriculture program to include AP credit classes through Clemson University. Clark was the three-time Teacher of the Year for Hillcrest High School in 1988, 1995, and 2001, and the school’s FFA chapter was picked as the best in the state in 1998. He received commendations from South Carolina’s House of Representatives in 1999 and 2001 and was named the SCAEA Outstanding Educator in 2006. He received the North American Association for Environmental Education’s Gold Award and Teacher Mentor Award twice. In 2014, Clark was posthumously given the South Carolina Association of Agricultural Educators Distinguished Teacher Award, a recognition that would later be renamed the Clark Woods Distinguished Teacher Award. Clark passed away on November 4, 2013, following a six-month battle with esophageal cancer.