Irmo High School

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Irmo High School
6671 St. Andrews Road
Irmo, South Carolina, 29212
United States
Coordinates 34°4′2″N 81°10′22″W / 34.06722°N 81.17278°W / 34.06722; -81.17278Coordinates: 34°4′2″N 81°10′22″W / 34.06722°N 81.17278°W / 34.06722; -81.17278
Type Public High School
Motto "In Ourselves, Our Future Lies"
Established 1928
School district Lexington & Richland County School District Five
Principal David Riegel
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 2,040
Color(s) Black and gold
Athletics conference 4A - Region IV
Nickname Yellow Jackets
Newspaper The Stinger

Irmo High School is a public high school in Irmo, South Carolina, USA, a suburb of the state capital, Columbia. Around 2,000 students are enrolled in any single year. Irmo High School falls under the administrative jurisdiction of District 5 of Lexington and Richland Counties, which encompasses Irmo, Dutch Fork, Chapin, and Spring Hill.


Irmo student awards include the National Academic Championship in 1986, 2001, and 2002 (at Loyola University New Orleans and Pepperdine University), the ASCN Tournament of Champions in Chicago, Illinois in 2002, and the National Science Olympiad in 1987, 1989, and 1990. Irmo placed second at the National Academic Quiz Tournaments national tournament in Austin, Texas in 2002. Irmo has also competed in the Department of Energy's National Science Bowl, and NOAA's National Ocean Sciences Bowl.

Irmo High School has received national accolades, including the National Blue Ribbon Award.

The Bands of Irmo have been awarded the Sudler Flag, an award recognizing the band as elite among secondary music programs in the United States, Canada, and Japan. The Bands of Irmo won 10 consecutive 5A state marching band championships from 1994 to 2003 and an eleventh previous state championship in class 5A in 1991. In 2004 The Bands of Irmo performed at Carnegie Hall earning a Gold Medal Award (one of the two bands that did so out of six).

Irmo students contend in the national essay contest sponsored by the United States Institute of Peace. Irmo students contend in the SkillsUSA/VICA national skills competitions.

In 2004, Irmo High School implemented the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, an internationally recognized program of college courses. The first IB class in the history of Irmo, which graduated in May 2006, contained 25 candidates (of whom 15 received the IB diploma). Irmo High School has also produced National Merit Scholars. Irmo High School's Air Force Junior ROTC detachment, SC-071, won the Sword of Excellence, indicating their position as the best JROTC unit in South Carolina.


Irmo's sports teams compete as the Yellow Jackets and participate in the 4A division, the highest classification of the SCHSL[2]. The school has won 66 team state championships.[1]

Although Irmo had been the "Yellow Jackets" for many years, in 1978 a new logo was introduced. Prior to 1978, Irmo used a yellow jacket image for a logo, similar to most schools that are known as yellow jackets.


The Irmo Yellow Jacket football team won a state championship in 1980.[2]

Boy’s Soccer[edit]

The Irmo Boy’s soccer team is the most successful athletic program that the school has produced. The Jackets are the most successful team in South Carolina history, boasting a .897 win percentage, the 4th best overall win percentage in the nation.[3] The Yellow Jackets have won 15 state championships and appeared in 25 state championship games since 1978,[4] boasting 2 4-peats during this time span. They have also been crowned National Champions by the NSCAA multiple times in their history.[citation needed]

State Championships[edit]

Champions (16): 1978, 1979, 1982, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2004, 2013[4]

Boy’s basketball[edit]

The Irmo boy’s basketball team won state championship in 1991, 1994, 1995, 2011, and most recently in 2013[5]

Boy's tennis[edit]

Champions (10): 1983, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 2001[6]

Girl's tennis[edit]

Champions: 1990, 1991, 1992, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2004 [7]


Champions(3): 1985, 1987, 1998 [8]

Girl's basketball[edit]

Boys Cross Country[edit]

Team Champions (5): 1977, 1978, 1979, 1992, 1998 [9]

Girl's cross country[edit]

Champions (6): 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982 [10]

Men's golf[edit]

Champions (5): 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1987[11]

Girl's golf[edit]

Champions (1): 1999[12]

Girl's soccer[edit]

Girl's swimming[edit]

Champions (3): 1998, 1999, 2000[13]

Boy's track and field[edit]

Girl's track and field[edit]

Champions (2): 1997, 1999 [14]


Champions (2): 1998, 1999 [15]


Champions (1): 1980 [16]

Notable alumni[edit]

Feeder patterns[edit]

The following middle schools feed into Irmo High School:[17]


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