Located in the upper western corner of South Carolina, Westminster became a thriving railroad and textile town at the end of the nineteenth century. Established as a water stop along the Southern Railway, the town soon became a booming textile manufacturing village when Oconee Mills set up shop here in the late 1800s. Beacon Manufacturing, a cotton blanket mill, was established here in 1904 and is still in operation. Westminster High School was built in 1924 in the “Mill Hill” section of Westminster – the mill village – to educate the children of mill workers as well as other area students as the town progressed.
When built, Westminster High School boasted an auditorium that could seat 1,300 people. The main building included eight classrooms, a domestic sciences suite, and an agricultural sciences suite. The school served local high school students until it consolidated with Oakway High School in 1983 to form West Oak High School. Westminster High School has sat vacant since the construction of the larger West Oak High School.