A plaque bearing the name of Steven Brinson describes the late Fort Dorchester High alumnus as a spirited swimmer who was co-captain of the Patriots’ swim team in 2008.
He once messaged North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey that North Charleston needed a competitive swimming complex, “’like Columbia or Rock Hill – but better,’” Summey read aloud to a gathered crowd outside the school Tuesday afternoon.
Summey went on to read that Steven was an ardent outdoorsman who enjoyed caring for rescue dogs and leading baby sharks safely away from the rising tides of area inlets. He was an artisan fisherman, creating his own colorful lures. He graduated from The Fort in 2009.
In November 2013, Steven died in an industrial accident.
City of North Charleston and Dorchester District Two officials joined together Oct. 2 to dedicate the new roadway between Fort Dorchester High and the future aquatics center that is being built off Patriot Boulevard. Steven’s parents, Peggy and North Charleston Councilman Ron Brinson, were joined by the school’s current swim team to unveil the sign that now bears their late son’s name: Steven Brinson Way, with a subtext that reads “…but better.”
The new road was completed before the start of the school year; the aquatics center is scheduled to be completed in August 2019. Officials broke ground in August 2018.
Ron and Peggy thanked the crowd for their support.
“Steven is looking down now repeating three things: ‘Go, Patriots. ... Nice job, Mom, and thank you, Mr. Mayor,’” Ron said.
Ed Barfield, director of the city’s recreation department, said he looked at what “road,” “way” and “street” meant – “they all take you somewhere,” he said.
“And Steven Brinson Way will take us to one of the finest facilities – and he had a hand in it,” he said.