Mather Academy was founded in 1887 by the New England Southern Conference of the Women's Home Missionary Society of the Methodist Church.
Mather Academy educated black girls, and later boys, in grades 1-11 until grade 12 was added in 1928. In 1959 Mather merged with the Boylan Haven School of Jacksonville , Fla., to become Boylan-Haven Mather Academy.
The school closed in 1983. Among South Carolina notables educated at Mather is Congressman James Clyburn.