Travelers Rest, Fountain Inn high schools get new principals

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Greenville County Schools announced new principals for Travelers Rest High School as well as the new Fountain Inn High School at a board meeting Tuesday night.

Dan Bruce, current principal of Greer Middle School, will lead Travelers Rest High once Lou Lavely, the current principal, retires at the end of this school year.

Maureen Tiller, currently the principal of Clinton High School in Laurens County School District 56, was named principal of the new Fountain Inn High School, which is scheduled to open in 2021.

Fountain Inn High will be the first entirely new school in the district in nearly 50 years.

Bruce, who is a graduate of Travelers Rest High and was inducted into the school’s athletic hall of fame in 2011, has been at Greer Middle for four years. Before leading Greer Middle, he’d been assistant principal at Hillcrest High School and Berea High School.

“He has done an outstanding job in that role,” GCS superintendent Burke Royster told board members Tuesday. “We look forward to great things coming out of his leadership in Travelers Rest.”

Bruce received his bachelor’s degree from Wingate University in 2000 and his master’s in education from Tennessee Tech University in 2002.

Tiller has been the principal of Clinton High for eight years. Previously, she was principal at M.S. Bailey Elementary School and Bell Street Middle School in Laurens County. She has also taught special education in York County School District 2 and served as executive director of instruction in Laurens 56.

“[She] has the unique distinction, which is very rare these days, of having served successfully as elementary principal, middle school principal, and high school principal,” Royster said.

Tiller received her bachelor’s from Winthrop University in 1993 and also her master’s in education in 1996. She has a specialist degree in educational leadership from the University of South Carolina.

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