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2016 mather history & education day


The Technical College of the Lowcountry is hosting its inaugural Mather History and Education Day at 9:30 a.m., Friday, February 19 at the TCL Beaufort Campus. Mather alumni, Beaufort Middle School students, current TCL students and TCL alumni will gather to share stories and lunch. Mather School alumni who are interested in participating should RSVP to Alvesta Robertson at alvesta.robertson@gmail.com.


The event culminates with the Mather School Bell Ringing at 1 p.m., which is open to the public.


“TCL wants the Mather School to be more than our history,” TCL Vice President Mary Lee Carns said. “The Mather School’s leadership in education can be an active example to today’s TCL students, TCL alumni and future students. This year’s inaugural event perpetuates the Mather legacy by making it a part of the TCL student experience.”


For more information, please call 843.525.8294 or email foundation@tcl.edu.




Mrs. Rachel Crane Mather created a school to educate the daughters of liberated slaves back in 1867. She was a firm believer that everyone deserved the chance to get a good education, which is why she acted on her belief and began to teach and raise funds for a women’s dormitory.


In 1901, the Mather School graduated its first three students from elementary school. Throughout the years, the school grows and then in 1932, the Mather School high school program was approved by the South Carolina State Department of Education as Mather Industrial School.


By 1954, the School increased its educational opportunities by adding the Junior College Department and allowing boys to enroll. More sustained growth and support allowed for an accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools in 1955. One year later Mather Junior College graduates its first class.


By 1968 – 100 years after starting- the Mather School had been designated by the Office of Economic Opportunity for a pilot program to assist high school graduates in the Lowcountry to overcome certain academic deficiencies before entering college, had begun a merger relationship with Benedict College in Columbia and the Beaufort campus had been given to the State of South Carolina as an area trade school.


In 1970 the school becomes known as the Beaufort Regional Training Center which then became part of the State Technical College System two years later with a name change to the Beaufort Technical Education Center.  In 1974, the State Board designates a four-county service area of Beaufort, Hampton, Jasper and Colleton counties and in 1978 the Center is accredited by the Southern Association for Colleges and Schools.


The Center’s name changed again in 1979 to Beaufort Technical College. Nine years pass, where the College continues to grow and add programs like the Upward Bound Program. In 1988 there’s another renaming effort, this time to the Technical College of the Lowcountry. In 1990, an associate of arts and associate of science degrees were added and most recently in 2006 the New River Campus opens its doors for classes.


So since its inception back in 1867, the school has seen many changes. But one thing remains constant – the belief that every human being deserves a chance to further their education.


2015 Mather Day

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2014 Mather Day Highlights

In the Mather Spirit: Click here to view the 2014 Mather video.

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2013 Mather Day highlights

Unforgettable & Everlasting: Please click here to view the 2013 Mather video.

A Look Back: Click here to view a video of photos from the 2013 Ceremony.

2012 Mather Day Highlights

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Alumni Group Shot - February 2012

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