Equalization Schools: South Carolina’s History of Unequal Education

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About the Author

Rebekah Dobrasko has spent over 15 years researching and documenting equalization schools in South Carolina. Her research began as part of her Public History master’s degree program at the University of South Carolina. Researching these schools led to a comprehensive survey of Charleston County’s equalization schools, a thesis, a Multiple Property Submission on the schools for the National Register of Historic Places, and a website, South Carolina's Equalization Schools 1951-1960. Dobrasko’s work led to great opportunities to increase awareness of these schools and their history on a statewide scale. Now, these schools are being listed in the National Register of Historic Places, recognized with historical markers, and visited by history tours. Dobrasko currently lives in Austin, Texas, where she is working with alumni to record the history of Austin’s L.C. Anderson High School equalization school and finding others throughout the state of Texas.

Editorial Reviewers

Laura Blokker, Tulane University, School of Architecture, Louisiana equalization schools researcher and preservationist. 

David Wilson, Chestnut Consolidated High School alum, retired engineer, community and South Carolina equalization schools researcher.


Thank you to LDHI Graduate Assistants Abigail Rice and Brenna Reilley for creating the map and graphs as well as providing feedback on the text.