Rotary Peace Award Presented
On June 2, 2013, Battle High School in Columbia was officially dedicated. The fourth high school in the Columbia school district is a 300,000 square foot facility located in northeast Columbia. The school is named after Dr. Muriel Williams Battle, who served four decades in the Columbia school district and was its first female associate superintendent. Dr. Battle died in 2003 at age 73.
One of the highlights of the day included the presentation of the Rotary Peace Award. Dr. John DeSpain, President of Sunrise Southwest Rotary Club, presented the award to the Battle family, with Dr. Eliot Battle, Sr. accepting on behalf of the family. Eliot and Muriel served as teachers and administrators during their respective careers, and they were pioneers in the integration of Columbia’s schools.
Children of Eliot and Muriel shared stories of growing up in the Battle family and the positive values that were stressed by their parents. Local dignitaries spoke of the importance of the new school, and school administrators outlined plans for the future. The event concluded with facility tours being conducted by staff and students.