Spartanburg High Ranked Among America's Top High Schools
So what does it mean to be named one of the top high schools in the nation? If you ask District 7 Superintendent Russell Booker (who also happens to be a SC Superintendent of the Year) the answer is one of unabashed pride. “This is big for us. In its survey of top high schools, The Washington Post produces their list taking into account criteria that include graduation rates and performance indicators such as AP scores.”
For the 7th consecutive year, Spartanburg High School (SHS) has been named by The Washington Post as one of America’s Most Challenging High Schools. SHS is one of 11 in the state to make the Post's annual list, which identifies high schools that are excelling in preparing students for college-level work. The news magazine collected data on more than 22,000 schools for the report, which for the third time included graduation rates as a factor in the rankings.
The 2017-2018 academic year at Spartanburg High School is one for the history books. On Friday, May 25, 423 deserving young men and women marched across the stage in the stunning new Jerry Richardson Indoor Stadium at Wofford College. A little more than an hour later, with diplomas in hand and tassels turned, graduates flashed victorious smiles and impressive credentials which occured in and out of the classroom.
During the 2017-18 school year, SHS athletic teams won 5 Region Championships in boys tennis, girls tennis, boys soccer, girls lacrosse and girls track, an Upper State Championship and State Championship in boys tennis (for the 5th consecutive year!) and the Envirothon team won the State Championship (3rd consecutive year). 32 members of the Class of 2018 earned Palmetto Fellows Scholarship, 110 qualified for Life Scholarships, 138 received Hope Scholarships, 11 were recognized by the National Merit scholarship program as finalists, semifinalists, or commended students. One student was recognized as a US Presidential Scholar Candidate. In total, 289 students, or 67% of the Class, earned clos3 to $23 million in merit scholarships from colleges and universities - a new school record - which surpasses the amount earned by the Class of 2014. Eighteen graduating seniors from the Viking Early College earned an associates degree from Spartanburg Community College.
Students exceeded national and state averages on SAT and recorded one of the state's highest percentage passage rates on Advanced Placement tests. The College Board reported SHS’s graduating class posted an average score of 1078 on the new SAT exam – 24 points above the national public school average and 20 points above the state’s; and that the average passage rate on AP tests jumped to 83% (up from last year's impressive 79%), which was well above the state and national passage rate and one of the highest in the state. The District gave 598 exams in 24 subject areas. For this coming school year, SHS has been approved by the College Board to offer 25 AP courses, more than any other high school in South Carolina.
The Washington Post ranks Spartanburg High School in the top 8% of all high schools in the nation.
We congratulate everyone in our school community whose hard work makes these impressive results possible.