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Fountain Inn High School set to open in 2021 with innovative curriculum

Maureen Tiller, Principal at Clinton High School named to Fountain Inn post – Greenville County Schools has announced that Fountain Inn High School will open for freshmen in August 2021. Construction will begin in 2019 along Quillen Avenue. FIHS will be built for 1000 students and expanded to house 2000 students. The school will offer traditional high school curriculum, advanced placement and college level courses. Additionally, it will house a wing for advanced manufacturing and engineering. Public input will be sought for attendance and zoning. Community meetings will be held approximately 18 months before opening. A mascot and school colors are yet to be decided. Athletics will begin in the first year with some varsity sports and some “C” level and JV teams. Greenville County Schools expect to have a full roster of varsity sports at FIHS by 2024.

With 20 years of experience, Principal Maureen Tiller will take on the exciting task of leading Fountain Inn High School, the district’s first school to focus on manufacturing and technology. The original Fountain Inn High School closed its doors in 1957 to merge with Hillcrest High School. Sixty-two years later, a new Fountain Inn High will open with an innovative curriculum and provide the town with a new facet to their identity.

Principal Maureen Tiller

Principal Tiller grew up just outside of Aiken, SC in a home full of teachers. At Winthrop University, she stumbled upon a special education class and found her purpose, “It was like lighting struck from above,” she says. Afterwards, she went on to obtain her master’s degree in education administration. Currently, she lives in Clinton with her husband, John. They have two children, Bowen and Sam. Precious breaks between school years aren’t taken for granted. Every summer, she’s grateful for family trips to the beautiful, uncommercialized shores of Edisto Beach and quality time with extended family. Principal Tiller is a huge fan of all kinds of music – particularly songs with a strong female lead. As a driven educator, she’s got a powerful voice of her own.

Her current position is Principal at Clinton High School. She has been principal there for the last eight years. The reason she took the position at Fountain Inn High School is to become a part of South Carolina’s education history, “The biggest factor was the opportunity of building this new and innovative school. It’s a whole redesign of what high school is,” she says. Freshmen will begin in ninth grade and finish as 12th grade seniors. However, tradition stops there. The refreshing program will allow each student to develop a personalized learning path throughout his or her entire high school experience. Students can choose any area of focus including fine art, music, robotics, technology, engineering and advance manufacturing. Once the plan is designed, they can also spend school time at apprenticeships or with mentors. Instead of traditional class times, students will also have block schedules. That means the duration of class times will vary from 30 minutes to an hour and a half depending on the type of subject. It will feel more like prep for college. Attendees will be given the privilege of getting to class like adults at a University. Principal Tiller loves being apart of this academic adventure, “The biggest thing I love about being Principal is building relationships with students and families, and seeing those families take advantage of what’s happening in the community. Children will be better for having that experience. It’s a pretty unbelievable opportunity,” she explains.

Projected student population will be about 1,000 and attendance lines are in the process of being drawn within Fountain Inn. However, anyone can attend the school if they live in Greenville County. Although there is an application process there is a chance an application will not be accepted.

Previously, the old Fountain Inn High mascot was the Blue Devils, but a final decision on colors and mascot have not been made. No matter what’s chosen, Fountain Inn will finally have the teams that they can identify as their very own. Principal Tiller explains, “It gives that whole community a school as a hub for ball games, music events and robotic competitions. It will give this small town back the pride of having their own High School again.”

As a historical moment in Fountain Inn’s and Greenville’s history, it truly is an exciting time to see the impact it will have on the town’s future. Principal Tiller reveals she is determined to make it successful, “To start from scratch and build it the right way. It’s really wonderful.” Community members have no doubt it will re-define the heartbeat of their hometown. ♦

14 Comments

  1. Exciting News! Fountain Inn will become a highly sought place to live.

  2. Diane Fuller Brown

    Amen Nancy!!
    They are my parents. Their whole life has been turned upside down.
    This has taken a toll on their health. It was declining as it was…now…u wouldn’t believe the affect.
    They were the LAST to know after the surrounding owners had already been compensated.
    It had already been decided.
    That’s what people mean to government in this day & time & what “neighbors” are that lined their pockets.
    As long as they got what they wanted & Fountain Inn can rake in the taxes etc from it…the elderly don’t matter.
    But 56 yrs.of love & raising family there would mean something to Greenville County Scools AND Fountain Inn if it were their family.
    Thank you Nancy for caring & having a heart.
    They seem to let what they call “progress” be their conciences!!!
    People think just becamy.parents were paid for the place that $$$ are supposed to be compensation…can everyone be compensated for hurt…health..& destruction of their lives @ 81 yrs of age???
    I think not.
    Prayers please. They are heartbroken.
    NOTE: before anyone sends nasty or sarcastic comments walk in their shoes first…then we will talk!

  3. Diane Fuller Brown

    Amen Nancy!!
    They are my patents. Their whole life has been turned upside down.
    This has taken a toll on their health. It was declining as it was…now…u wouldn’t believe the affect.
    They were the LAST to know after the surrounding owners had already been compensated.
    It had already been decided.
    That’s what people mean to government in this day & time & what “neighbors” are that lined their pockets.
    As long as they got what they wanted & Fountain Inn can rake in the taxes etc from it…the elderly don’t matter.
    But 56 yrs.of love & raising family there would mean something to Greenville County Scools AND Fountain Inn if it were their family.
    Thank you Nancy for caring & having a heart.
    They seem to let what they call “progress” be their conciences!!!
    People think just becamy.parents were paid for the place that $$$ are supposed to be compensation…can everyone be compensated for hurt…health..& destruction of their lives @ 81 yrs of age???
    I think not.
    Prayers please. They are heartbroken.
    NOTE: before anyone sends nasty or sarcastic comments walk in their shoes first…then we will talk!

  4. Michael GARRETT

    Yeah, I am related to the elderly couple that lost their home to the new school and I have a story to tell you. The Fuller’s had the house built in 1963 and preceeded to raise their family there. They were both hard working and made a lot of sacrefices for their home and family. Their grandchildren and great grandchildren have joined them in holiday celebrations, birthdays, happiness, love, and death have been lived out in that home. Fifty six years is a lifetime of memories. And then it was just taken away. There was a lot of tears when they left the house for the last time.

    • Diane Fuller Brown

      Thank you Michael. You also spent time with us there.
      Just wait & see ….God has His ways of bringing things back around full circle when it affects HIS CHILDREN negatively.
      Time will tell. Sit back & watch. It’s not in our hands but in His.
      You dont do people like that & not have consequences.
      God bless you!!!

  5. Jackie Lloyd

    Will homes on Speedway Dr. be affected with this big project for building this school so close?

  6. Cynthia Bass Searfoss

    Also disappointed that a local, highly qualified candidate was not chosen in spite of the community’s support.

  7. Tom Thaxton

    Has an Architect and or contractor been selected ?

  8. Couldn’t find a local administrator worthy of the post huh??? Ohhh greenville, you will never change!

  9. Nancy Goodwin

    I guess a new high school us needed. But at what cost? It cost an elderly couple, who are not in good health, their home. They have lived there for as long as I can remember and I’m 75. I guess these kind of people don’t matter anymore. Just doesn’t seem right.

  10. What about Laurens County side of Fountain Inn? Is it possible to attend?

  11. How will it be applied to study?

  12. Larae Hudson

    I think the resident of Fountain Inn should
    Get to thow out some mascots

  13. Brittney Ann Kennedy

    Will there be a possibility that spartaburg county students in woodruff, close to ft inn to be enrolled? Maybe with an extra fee for out of county?

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