Sumter High School

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Sumter High School
Type Public High School
Principal Dana Fall
Students approx 2,931
Grades 9–12
Location 2580 McCray's Mill Road,
Sumter, South Carolina, USA
Oversight Sumter School District
Accreditation South Carolina Department of Education and Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
Campus Suburb
Colors           Royal Blue and Gold
Mascot Gamecocks
Yearbook "The Paragon"
Newspaper The Cocks Quill"
Phone (803) 481-4480
Website [1]

Sumter High School is a co-educational four-year public high school serving grades 9 through 12 in Sumter School District located in the south side of Sumter, South Carolina, United States. With a current enrollment of 2,931 Sumter High is the largest school in the Midlands of South Carolina. In 2004 Sumter High School was designated The Model School for SC and one of thirty model schools nationwide by a national organization funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.


The school on McCray's Mill Road was founded in 1971 with the merging of the student bodies of the two formally racially segregated city schools, Lincoln High School and Edmunds High Schools. The original Sumter High School ("Boys High School") was on the corner of Haynesworth & Purdy Streets and was named Edmunds High School in memory of Superintendent Dr. Samuel Henry Edmunds. The colors were purple and white. This color combination represented the merging of the two Junior High schools; McLaurin Junior High whose colors were red and white, and Alice Drive Middle with colors blue and white. In 1971, the name was again changed to Sumter High School and the colors became the current blue and gold

The original building was which opened in 1983 has undergone many expansions and renovations. First expansion came in 1987 in what is now known as B Hall math department and C halls computer and social studies where added to the building. Again in 2003 when a new main entrance and office was built, a second gym, new science wing and a new auditorium for the arts; the 2003 additions opened to students in fall 2005 for the Class of 2006. The 2003 renovations included a new guidance office and attendance office.

The Sumter High campus is also home to the largest Environmental Center in the state which currently has four classroom sites, walking paths and three boardwalks.[1] The campus is home to the Sumter County Career Center, this center is used by Sumter School District for teaching environmental and technical skills to young men and women for workforce or Post-Secondary Education.

Sumter's feeder middle schools are Chestnut Oaks Middle, Alice Drive Middle and Bates Middle Schools.


For athletics the Sumter mascot is the Gamecock. The Gamecock's main rivals are Crestwood High School. Sumter offers many sports to its student athletes during the fall, winter and spring. Sumter High has enjoyed a long rich and successful history while in the South Carolina High School League 4A Division I. Success include many state championships in multiple sports such as soccer, track, tennis, golf, football and baseball.

Men's Sports at Sumter include Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Track, and Wrestling.

Women's Sports at Sumter High include Basketball, Bowling, Cheerleading, Cross Country, Golf, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Volleyball, Track, Tennis, and Wrestling.

In the 08-09 year, SHS'S football team made it to the 4A Division I State Championships against James F. Byrnes High School, where it was held at Clemson University.

In spring 2006 the SHS baseball team beat Dorman High School for the State 4A Baseball Championship. In spring 2011 the SHS baseball team beat Byrnes High School for the State 4A Baseball Championship.

For football and track and field Sumter High teams play at Memorial Stadium located in the to the east of the campus off Stadium Road. Adjacent to the school on the campus are the newly renovated baseball and softball stadiums, along with tennis and soccer. Golf is played at Sunset Country Club and swimming at the Sumter YMCA off Miller Road


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Coordinates: 33°53′51″N 80°23′34″W / 33.8973797°N 80.3928597°W / 33.8973797; -80.3928597