In 1912 school trustees decided to establish a public school in Moncks Corner and had a small house built on the south side of Main Street, west of California Branch,.
The nucleus of the old high school was a small brick building erected in 1916, near the current intersection of Highway 17-A and Main Street.
A girls’ dormitory was built in 1921 and a boys’ dormitory in 1922. Some time later, a dining hall was built with several rooms above it providing an additional dormitory. Students from all parts of the county would arrive on Monday morning and stay in the dormitories with free room and board until Friday when they returned home.
In 1925 an auditorium with seating for eight hundred was constructed, complete with a “moving picture” outfit. Shows were run four times a week with the proceeds benefiting the school, as well as, community and athletic events.
By 1928 there were about 450 pupils enrolled and sixty-five of them took advantage of the dormitory services. The building had seventeen classrooms, an office and a library.
Construction of a new building, the one illustrated in this 2017 ornament, for the high school was begun in 1929 but it was not ready for use until January of 1930.
Records show that 1,050 students were enrolled for the 1949-1950 school year. By then, the student population was outgrowing their building.
In 1955, construction was begun on the first phase of a new campus to accommodate the 7th and 8th grades, at 406 West Main Street. Over the next few years, and as students from Berkeley Training School merged with the student body of Berkeley High, construction of a much larger and modern facility was begun in 2001. The Class of 2004 were the first to graduate from the new Berkeley High School.
Currently, the 1929 building is being restored and refurbished inside and outside to be readied for a long and useful life well into the 21st century.
Today, Berkeley High is home to the Berkeley Stags Football Team and offers a wide variety of competitive sports—golf, tennis, swimming, volleyball, cross country, basketball. wrestling, baseball, soccer, track and softball.
Berkeley High School has been recognized by the SC Department of Education and the Education Oversight Committee as a 2014-15 Palmetto Gold Award winner in General Performance. General Performance reflects Absolute and Growth ratings on the school report card.