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Dr. William Rallie Liston (SC '95)


Spartanburg School District Four
Woodruff, SC

At the time of the Award, Dr. William Rallie Liston was:

Woodruff High School
Woodruff, SC

Biographical Information

When William Liston became principal of Woodruff High School in Woodruff, his job entailed recreating a school that had been destroyed by fire. Dr. Liston saw this circumstance as an "opportunity to help rebuild the total school program from the ground up." In meeting this challenge, Dr. Liston implemented several programs that would ensure the school's commitment to academic excellence. Exit Enrichment, an after- school tutorial program, is mandatory for students who have failed to pass all sections of the South Carolina Exit Exam. Students who do not complete homework assignments attend Homework Center, a compulsory after-school study hall. Another program initiated by Dr. Liston is the Academic Assistance Program, which requires parents to meet with their child's student-mentor and faculty advisor during the summer months, thus ensuring a tailor-made program of instruction for each student's upcoming school year.