Dutch Fork High School

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Dutch Fork High School
Irmo, South Carolina
United States
Coordinates 34°9′12″N 81°12′4″W / 34.15333°N 81.20111°W / 34.15333; -81.20111Coordinates: 34°9′12″N 81°12′4″W / 34.15333°N 81.20111°W / 34.15333; -81.20111
Type Public High School
Motto "Enter to Learn... Go Forth to Serve"
Established 1992
School district Lexington-Richland School District 5
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 2,392
Color(s) Green and Silver
Athletics conference 5A - Region V
Mascot Silver Fox
Newspaper The Renaissance
Yearbook The Legacy

Dutch Fork High School is a school in the Lexington & Richland County School District Five system, located in Irmo, South Carolina, United States. In 2009 it had approximately 1,956 students.[1]Built to contain no more than about 1,600 students, it has been expanded to accommodate a little over 1,900, and has faced severe overcrowding. Portable classrooms have been installed for the 2005-2006 school year. During the 12-13 school year, the population has expanded to over 2,000 students.

Class breakdown:

  • 9th - 21
  • 10th - 18
  • 11th - 12
  • 12th - 4

Dutch Fork has been named in Newsweek's List of the 100 Best Schools in the United States for five years in a row. In 2009, Dutch Fork reached its highest ranking at #91.[2]

Dutch Fork High school is ranked 199 out of 244 in South Carolina, 2011.

Classes and curriculum[edit]

Dutch Fork High School offers grade level, advanced, honors, and AP level courses. The STEM accelerated learning program offers science and math courses for students to take an intensive AP/Honors curriculum before moving on to similar studies in college.

Twenty-four Advanced Placement courses are offered in liberal arts and science/math fields.


DFHS offers sports and athletic programs to students, as well as intramurals and in-school tournaments. The school mascot is "Foxy" the Silver Fox and teams are known as the Dutch Fork Silver Foxes, with the exception of the district-wide hockey team: The District Five Fusion. In 2012, Dutch Fork High School started a boys and girls lacrosse team. Cheerleading won the school's first and then consecutive state titles in 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2014, was runner-up in 2015, and won the first 5A title in 2016. The DFHS varsity girls basketball team has won the Upper and Lower State Championship in consecutive years 2012, 2013, and 2014.The Dutch Fork Varsity Football Team won the 2013 South Carolina Class 4A Division 1 State Championship and the 2016 South Carolina Class 5A State Championship. The Dutch Fork Varsity Wrestling team won the 2003 South Carolina 4A State Championship and was runner-up in 1996 (3A), 1997, 1999, 2001, and 2002. The DFHS varsity girls tennis team won state in 2014 and was runner-up in 2016. The Varsity Dutch Fork Track and Field team won the 2016 South Carolina Class 4A State Championship.

Clubs and organizations[edit]

Dutch Fork has chapters of state and national organizations such as Key Club, Beta Club, and Junior Civitans.

Feeder patterns[edit]

The following elementary schools feed into Dutch Fork High School:

  • Ballentine Elementary School
  • H. E. Corley Elementary School
  • Dutch Fork Elementary School
  • Oak Pointe Elementary School
  • River Springs Elementary School

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ http://www.lex5.k12.sc.us/files/489/2009%20-%2010%20Dutch%20Fork%20High%20School%20Profile.pdf
  2. ^ http://www.lex5.k12.sc.us/DutchForkHS.cfm?subpage=47473

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