Pete Hollis Showcase

 

 

 

Dr. L. P. “Pete” Hollis was the first superintendent of the Parker School District (1924–1951) and is revered in the Upstate as a revolutionary educator. Dr. Hollis met the inventor of basketball, Dr. James Naismith, and was inspired to organize the first basketball game in SC as an activity for the mill villages in West Greenville.

 

“Basketball,” Dr. Hollis said, “just kind of revolutionized things here.”

Dr Hollis also formed the Singing Christmas Tree and the first Boy Scout troop in South Carolina. He believed in the advantages of fitness and when he met the inventor of basketball, Dr. James Naismith,  he recognized an opportunity to provide a recreational activity to the mill families of Parker. Dr. Hollis organized the first basketball game in South Carolina, which grew quickly with intense competition between the mill teams.