Thomas Sanders, 1860-1945, was an educator and a humanitarian. His parents had been slaves, but he obtained an education and came to Laurens in 1895 to teach. Sanders' achievements included bringing education for Laurens' black citizens from almost nothing to a very organized system. Sanders was featured in Ripley's "Believe It or Not" for not missing a single day of school in 53 years.
We are very proud that our school bears the name of someone who overcame adversity to make such a positive difference in our community.