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History of  W. I. Thames Elementary School (formerly Junior High and Elementary), Built 1962-1964

Named for educator W. I. Thames. In 1906 he established South Mississippi College (where William Carey University stands today). He was principal and superintendent in several Mississippi towns. He served as Hattiesburg Superintendent of Schools from 1922-1939. Today, Thames Elementary serves students grades Pre-K through 5th grade. 
(Source: Hattiesburg Area Historical Society, Spring 2016, Vol. 19, No. 1)