Emmett Scott Recreation Center

Emmett Scott Collage

801 Crawford Road   

Center Supervisor: Donna Smarr
Open Gym Hours:    Center Office Phone: 803-329-5661
Mon - Thurs. 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM                                                        
Office Hours: Mon. - Fri. 2 PM - 5 PM
Sat. 10 AM - 2 PM  
  Park Rules

Emmett Scott Recreation Center offers classes to get your muscles moving and your creative juices flowing. From hip hop dance to ceramics, there is always something to learn at Emmett Scott Center. The center consists of a gym, community room, craft room, classroom and game room. Many of these rooms can be rented for group functions. Upcoming classes, activities and events at Emmett Scott Center are listed on the PRT Calendar.


Emmett Scott Center offers an after school program for youth during the school year as well as camps and outreach programs to youth to provide role models and positive messages for these young people.

Emmett Scott After School Program
Emmett Scott Summer Camp
Dance & Exercise
Facility Rental

Facility Features:

Emmett Scott RecEmmett Scott Center includes a 10.3 acre park with great features such as a walking trail and McGirt Auditorium. Emmett Scott is also home to one of Rock Hill’s four public swimming pools which offer free swimming lessons in the summer. The picnic shelter and pool are available to rent for group functions.

  • Outdoor Basketball Court
  • Outdoor Pool with Handicapped Access
  • Multi-purpose Field
  • Walking Trail
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Tot Lot
  • Auditorium
  • Community Room
  • Gymnasium
  • Boxing Room

Emmett Scott School

Emmett Scott Center History

Built in the early 1930s, Emmett Scott Center was originally the Emmett Scott High School for African-American students. When the school was closed in 1970, the City of Rock Hill purchased the property and over 20 years renovated the school into a recreation center. Parts of the original school were kept to honor the past, especially McGirt Auditorium.

The 1,100 seat auditorium currently hosts events such as theatrical plays, gospel concerts, and pageants. McGirt Auditorium is a complete mixture of the old and the new that continues to keep Emmett Scott Center part of the Rock Hill’s past, present and future.

The Rock Hill Boxing Club

The Rock Hill Boxing Club operates its program in the boxing room at Emmett Scott Center. Marge Hammond manages the program for ages 8-34. Hammond's husband, Charlie Hammond was a certified boxing instructor and official and winner of The Grassroots Award 2003, a national boxing award given to an outstanding member of the USA Boxing Federation. The program teaches self-discipline and positive self-image through the physical fitness and competition of boxing. The motto for the boxing club is "Safety First." For more information on the boxing program, contact Alonzo Lumpkin at 803-984-3698.

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