Inspiration, determination, imagination, faith. All four have been pillar principles in Voorhees College’s century-long history of changing minds and changing lives. That history started with Elizabeth Evelyn Wright, who at 23, came to Bamberg County after studying at Booker T. Washington’s famed Tuskegee Institute. Knowing the importance of education, and envisioning a better future for blacks through education, she founded Denmark Industrial School in 1897, modeling it after Tuskegee. New Jersey philanthropist Ralph Voorhees and his wife later donated $5,000 to buy the land and build the first building, allowing the school to open in 1902 with Wright as principal. It was the only high school for blacks in the area. In 1947, the school became Voorhees School and Junior College, and in 1962, it was accredited as four-year Voorhees College. In accordance with its mission statement, Voorhees students today combine intellect and faith as they prepared for professional careers. They learn to thrive in a diverse global society while pursuing life-long learning, healthy living and an abiding faith in God. They aim to improve their communities, society and themselves. Those long-held values set the standard by which the college judges its teaching, scholarship and service programs today.
Notable Alumni Include: Professional Chicago Bulls Basketball player, Jackie Dinkins