"B" is for Busbee, Cyril B. (1908-2001

Aug 17, 2018

Credit SC Public Radio

"B" is for Busbee, Cyril B. (1908-2001). Educator. In his early years Busbee was a teacher, coach, and administrator in various schools in Georgia and South Carolina. In 1943 he moved to Brookland-Cayce Schools (later Lexington District Two), where he rose to superintendent. After service in World War II he returned to the district where he remained as superintendent for twenty-one years. As an administrator, he was considered quite teacher-oriented. In 1966, he was elected state Superintendent of Education and was twice re-elected—serving until 1979. During his tenure the state had to create a unitary school system instead of the racially separate systems that had been in place prior to the 1954 Brown decision. Cyril B. Busbee’s calm, moderate leadership as superintendent proved a great asset that helped school districts make a relatively calm transition.