Front Page Main

Published on October 17th, 2018 | by Millennium Magazine Staff



Pictured from left Reverend Dr. Solomon Jackson, Jr.; Edna Grace and Robin Grace, sister and wife of the late Freddie E. Grace, Jr.; Jim Hockman; and Vince Ford.

Richland One will induct four new members into the school district’s Hall of Fame in February, district officials announced.

The Richland One Hall of Fame was created to recognize graduates of Richland One schools and other persons throughout the district’s history who have made significant contributions to Richland One, their communities, their professions and society as a whole.

Induction into the Hall of Fame is the highest honor bestowed upon individuals by the Richland One Board of School Commissioners. Eighty-one men and women have been inducted since the Hall of Fame was established in 2004.

The 15th Anniversary Richland One Hall of Fame Induction Gala will be held Saturday, February 2, 2019 at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. The red carpet reception will begin at 5:00 p.m. and the program/dinner will begin at 6:00 p.m. Additional details about the gala, including ticket information, will be announced later.

The four members of the 2018 Richland One Hall of Fame induction class are:

Vince Ford, a graduate of A.C. Flora High School and chief community health services officer for Palmetto Health who served on the Richland One Board of School Commissioners for 24 years and advocated for several key district policies, programs and initiatives, including the board’s passage of the landmark Healthy and Nutritious School Environment policy which removed soft drinks and unhealthy snacks from school vending machines accessible by students;

Freddie E. Grace, Jr., who was Richland One’s lead orchestra teacher and an assistant high school band director and was instrumental in starting the district’s string program, later creating what is now known as the Richland One Honors Orchestra – Mr. Grace passed away in 2009;

Jim Hockman, a retired Richland One teacher and administrator who helped introduce Richland One teachers to the use of technology as coordinator of the #1 Teacher Center and later established the district’s instructional technology program; and

Reverend Dr. Solomon Jackson, Jr., a graduate of Booker T. Washington High School whose foundation has awarded $1 million in scholarships to Richland One students and funded the restoration of the historic Booker T. Washington High School auditorium.

For more information about the Richland One Hall of Fame, go to or contact Karen York in the Richland One Office of Communications at (803) 231-7504.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

17 − 11 =

Back to Top ↑

Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!