Our school was named after Michael Christopher Riley (1873-1966), the only son of Jack and Louise Riley and a native Blufftonian.
He received his high school education at Beach High School in Savannah, Georgia. Mr. Riley graduated from Georgia State Industrial College, now Savannah State University.
He owned and operated a restaurant and general store, and was instrumental in organizing the Wage Earner's Bank of Savannah. Mr. Riley was a Sunday school superintendent, deacon and choir member of First Zion Baptist Church. He was the first black to be appointed as trustee to the Beaufort County Board of Education, District #2.
He was married to Daisy McDowell of Charleston, South Carolina, and together they raised six children. Because of his untiring efforts to have a school built, and putting the school term on a nine-month basis; a high school was named in his honor.
The present Michael C. Riley Elementary School was built in 1991, with the Early Childhood Center following in 2009.