History

The story of where this legacy of a school began is shared in the following excerpt that was taken from “A HISTORY OF GLADES DAY SCHOOL” written by Mrs. Betty Thiebaud in 1972:

During the early 1960’s interested and foresighted citizens began to realize the urgent need for private education in the Glades area.  After extensive research and consideration, the PAHOKEE DAY SCHOOL was organized and granted a Certificate of Incorporation by the State of Florida on June 1, 1965, by the Secretary of State, Tom Adams.

The First Organizational Meeting of the Pahokee Day School, Inc. was held at the Elks Club in Pahokee on June 7, 1965.  Don Griffith was selected as the Headmaster of the School.  The Methodist Church Sunday School area in Pahokee was rented for $300 per school month.  Three teachers were selected for combined grades, one through six, with the feasibility of adding a seventh grade being considered.  The Belle Glade parents donated a small bus to the School for the transportation of their thirteen (13) children. 

The First Annual Meeting of the School was held May 30, 1966, in the Social Hall of the Methodist Church in Pahokee.  Progress charts of the children and awards were presented for the students, grades one through seven, as the extra grade was added in September.  Thus, the dream of many had actually blossomed into a reality, and the completion of the first school year had been successfully accomplished. 

The second school year found the classes again meeting in the Sunday School rooms of the Pahokee Methodist Church.  The eighth grade was added to the school.  The faculty consisted of Don Griffith, the Headmaster, with five teachers.  A crisis was appearing as the Trustees were informed that the Sunday School rooms could not be used another year for classes of the School. 

In May, 1967, the name of the School was changed to DAY SCHOOL OF THE GLADES, INC., since the School was drawing students from Canal Point, Belle Glade and South Bay.  

On June 8, 1967, a Special Membership Meeting was called at the Belle Glade Civic Center.  The main problem for the School was the location for the ensuing year.  Dr. R. L. Hatton moved that he School purchase the old Everglades Memorial Hospital in Pahokee and renovate it for the fall opening.  The motion carried, and the proper steps were taken to complete the action.

This entire document will be shared through a 50 year commemorative book in the Spring.

Headmasters, Headmistresses and Heads of School

Don Griffith: 1965-1967

Miriam Burgess: 1967-1979

William Branyon: 1979-1984

O.J. Mitchell: 1984-1985

Tinky Nason: 1985-1990

Byron Walker: 1990-1993

Buddy Sizemore: 1993-1998

Armando Perez: 1998-2006

James C. Teets: 2007-2009

Diana Seider Williams: Interim 2009

Robert J. Egley: 2009-2013

Amie Pitts: 2013-present