Born in Pinopolis, South Carolina, William “Bill” Cain graduated from the University of South Carolina, where he later received a master’s degree in education. He came to Darlington in 1934 when he began his teaching career at St. John’s High School, where, later, he served as principal from 1947 until his retirement in 1972. After retiring from St. John’s, he also taught English at James F. Byrnes Academy for more than a decade.
In addition to being a topnotch educator, Cain was an avid tennis player. He coached the tennis at St. John’s for a number of years, and he was the chairman of the S.C. Closed Tennis Tournament, which was held, for a time, in Darlington. He actually won the State Men’s Doubles Championship, and in 1984, he was inducted into the S.C. Tennis Hall of Fame.
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I really enjoyed the article on Mr. Cain. I can remember like it was yesterday hearing him exclaim “dumb bunny” after someone gave a stupid answer in Latin class. Mr. Cain was a good teacher and principal.
Thanks for checking out our blog, Mr. Sims. I enjoyed learning about Mr. Cain as I wrote this article. I, too, played tennis in college and taught English before I got this job.
Mr. Cain was a fabulous educator, a fine gentleman, and a wonderful human being. Many of our lives were enriched by the countless lessons he taught us about life and language. I always enjoyed hearing him recite Robert Frost. I consider myself blessed to have know him, and been in some of his classes.