HONORING THE LEGACY OF DR. MURIEL BATTLE
Battle High School was named in honor of the late Dr. Muriel Battle, an inspiring woman and educator who served Columbia Public Schools for 40 years. A pioneer in the desegregation of Columbia Public Schools and in the community at large, Dr. Battle began her career as a social studies teacher at Douglass High School. Thirty years of her career were spent at West Junior High School where she worked as a teacher, department chairperson, assistant principal and principal. She retired as the first female associate superintendent of Columbia Public Schools.
Despite her many academic and professional achievements, one of Dr. Battle’s most notable accomplishments was making people of all ages feel valued and welcome. During her tenure at West Junior High School, the school motto was, “We’re glad you’re here.” We look forward to carrying forth her legacy as we open Battle’s doors to students, families and community members.