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 9th consecutive year, Spartanburg High School (SHS) has been named as one of America’s Most Challenging High Schools. The annual list, originally published by The Washington Post and continuing on under its founder as the Jay Mathews Challenge Index, identifies high schools that are excelling in preparing students for college-level work based on data collected on more than 22,000 schools. Additionally, U.S. News & World Report ranks Spartanburg High School among the top 12% of its best high schools in the nation.
The Class of 2019 achieved many impressive accolades. In athletics, this includes 13 individual All-State honorees, 4 individual state champions, 2 individual state runner-ups, a state championship win for the girls tennis team (the first in 25 years), and the 6th consecutive state championship win for the boys tennis team. The Envirothon team won the state championship for the 4th consecutive year and will compete in the nationals this summer, and the Envirothon B team finished 2nd in the state. Notably, 38 seniors earned the Palmetto Fellows Scholarship, 106 qualified for Life Scholarships, 16 seniors finished their high school careers with GPAs of over 5.0, 8 were recognized as National Merit Finalists and 1 was commended, 13 seniors attended the Viking Early College or the Spartanburg County High School Early College and earned Associates Degrees from Spartanburg Community College, and 103 SHS students - of which 50 were seniors - were named to the 2018 College Board AP Scholars. The Class of 2019 set the second place all-time record for college scholarship totals with 283 seniors earning merit scholarship awards totaling $22 million!
We congratulate everyone in our school community whose hard work makes these impressive results possible!