"The roots of the present lie deep in the past, and nothing in the past is dead
to man who could learn how this present comes to be what it is."
Dr. Thomas Marion Davis, M.D. - Founding Board Member
In August 1971 the 20 acre tract on Old Georgetown Road was purchased with the simple goal of starting a private school to meet the needs of families in the area. That 20 acre tract of land, along with the dedication of the founding members and families, became Laurence Manning Academy, founded under the Manning Educational Association. This year we celebrate our past and our present, as we look towards the future.
Groundbreaking - March 1972
The first spade of dirt was turned by board members in March 1972.
David Goldsmith (Chairman)
Dr. Marion Davis
Founding Faculty Members
Headmaster: Mr. Q. Curtis Lee
Mrs. Barbara Jean Poe
Mrs. Nell Sprott
Mrs. Rena Nelson
Mrs. Martha Lee Rose
Mrs. Cecelia Eadon
Mrs. Ann Goldsmith
Mrs. Kay Davis
Mrs. Barbara Mishoe
Mr. Wayne Griffin
Mrs. Kathleen Rogers
Mrs. Peggy Gardner
Mrs. Jane Wilson
Mrs. Charlotte Lee
Secretary: Mrs. Jennie DuRant
Registration for the newly formed school began in December of 1971.
The projected opening date was set for August 1972.
The registration fee was $35 and each family was required to purchase a $300 building fund certificate.
Tuition was $400 for the first child and $375 for the second child.
The school opened on September 3, 1972 with 250 students enrolled.