The hard work and dedication of many have allowed Marlboro Academy to educate students for 50 years.
"One thing about our school is we have had a lot of long hours of hard and dedicated work and enthusiasm from many people who have been associated with this school," said Carol Stanton, a current teacher and former student.
On April 21, 1969, 175 people from Marlboro, Scotland, and Richmond counties met to discuss forming an independent school.
Originally, the group tried to procure the Fletcher School building near McColl but after the details could not be worked out, local farmer L.E. Pence donated 10 acres of land where the school is currently located.
"They gathered donations from interested people," Stanton said. "It took a lot of donations."