Richland One to Induct Five into District's Hall of Fame in February
Four Richland One graduates and a retired Richland One educator will be inducted into the Richland One Hall of Fame in February, district officials announced at a November 16 news conference.
The Richland One Hall of Fame was created to recognize Richland One alumni 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 awarded to individuals by the Richland One Board of School Commissioners. Eighty-seven men and women have been inducted since the Hall of Fame was established in 2004.
The members of the 2021 Richland One Hall of Fame induction class are:
Kay Spann Byrd is a 1971 graduate of C.A. Johnson High School. Ms. Spann Byrd is an accomplished author who taught adult education in Richland One but spent most of her teaching career at two-year and four-year colleges and universities, and as an Army education counselor at Fort Jackson.
She created and had built the first park in South Carolina dedicated in honor of persons affected by mental illness – The Star of Hope Park on the grounds of the William S. Hall Psychiatric Institute. The Star currently sits on the grounds of the G. Werber Bryan Psychiatric Institute.
Ms. Spann Byrd continues to serve the community through several organizations and initiatives, and she recently embarked on a new career in the field of real estate.
Dr. Tanya C. Dillihay is a 1975 graduate of Lower Richland High School. Dr. Dillihay has dedicated her professional career to serving patients and families in Richland County. She retired as the medical director for the Division of Inpatient Services at the South Carolina Department of Mental Health.
Dr. Dillihay works part-time with Columbia Area Mental Health Center, and she serves on the Admissions Committee at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. She also volunteers her time to help bring awareness to the issues surrounding mental health.
She and her sisters established The Zack and Rachel Clarkson Foundation which has awarded more than 35 college scholarships for graduates of Lower Richland High School.
Alex English is a 1972 graduate of Dreher High School. Mr. English played basketball at Dreher and at the University of South Carolina and he is the Gamecocks’ second all-time scorer.
He was drafted into the NBA in the second round to the Milwaukee Bucks and spent one year with the Indiana Pacers, but most of his career was with the Denver Nuggets. He retired from the NBA as the league’s seventh-leading scorer, and he is enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
After his retirement, Mr. English was named the first director of player programs for the National Basketball Players Association. He currently travels around the world as an ambassador for the NBA, and he has garnered attention for his successful philanthropic and business endeavors.
Dr. Deborah D. Hazzard is a 1986 graduate of Lower Richland High School. Dr. Hazzard is the associate dean of diversity and inclusion and a clinical associate professor at the University of South Carolina’s Darla Moore School of Business. She is the first African-American academic professional in a leadership role in the Moore School’s 100-year history.
Through her position, Dr. Hazzard championed an effort that led to the creation of the Dominion Energy Power Forward Program, an innovative pipeline program between the Moore School and high school students in Richland School Districts One and Two.
The program, which formally launched in September 2021, includes career mentoring and informational sessions, field studies and networking events.
Henry C. Young is a native of Chester, South Carolina. Mr. Young began his 32-year tenure as an educator in Richland One in 1969 as a teacher, and he went on to serve the district in many capacities, including as a coach, administrative assistant, assistant principal and principal.
He was principal of C.A. Johnson High School for 12 years and helped to coin the phrase “Hornet Pride.” He also was the first African-American principal at Virginia Pack Elementary School and at St. Andrews Middle School. His many contributions include helping to bring calm during the period following the desegregation of schools.
Mr. Young continues his service to education as the special education coordinator for FACES (Foreign Academic and Cultural Exchange Services).
The Richland One Hall of Fame Induction Gala will be held Saturday, February 12, 2022 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.
For more information about the Richland One Hall of Fame, contact Karen York in the Richland One Office of Communications at (803) 231-7504.