Gaffney High School

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Gaffney High School
149 Twin Lake Rd.
Gaffney, South Carolina, 29341
United States
Coordinates 35°4′4″N 81°40′57″W / 35.06778°N 81.68250°W / 35.06778; -81.68250Coordinates: 35°4′4″N 81°40′57″W / 35.06778°N 81.68250°W / 35.06778; -81.68250
Type Public
Established 1924
School district Cherokee County School District
Superintendent Dr. Quincie L. Moore
Principal Dr. RaaShad Fitzpatrick
Faculty 144
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 2061
Campus Suburban
Color(s)          Black and Vegas Gold
Mascot Indian
Nickname GHS
Rival James F. Byrnes High School
Newspaper The Indian Post
Yearbook The Cherokeean
Student:teacher ratio 17:1
The entrance to Gaffney High School, February 2006

Gaffney High School is a public high school in Gaffney, South Carolina, United States, and is part of the Cherokee County School District. It is located at 149 Twin Lake Road. The school was founded in 1924. Prior to 2000, the school was located at 805 East Frederick Street; 2.5 miles away. There are about 2,100 students. Gaffney High School is the 14th largest high school in South Carolina.

The principal is Dr. RaaShad Fitzpatrick. The percentage of 2004 graduates entering post-secondary education is 60%.

The school has 97 classrooms, and six computer labs. The size of the campus is 63 acres (250,000 m2).

Staff profile[edit]

  • 7 administrators.
  • 124 teachers.
  • 21 support staff members.
  • 5 guidance counselors.
  • 73 teachers with a master's degree or above.
  • The Media Center has 2 media specialists and 1 DELC Coordinator.

Academic achievements[edit]

  • 82% of students passed HSAP ELA on first attempt in spring 2006
  • 80.8% of students passed HSAP math on first attempt in spring 2006
  • 94% of student athletes passed HSAP in spring 2006
  • More than $30,000,000 awarded in academic scholarships for the 2002/2006 graduating class.[1]


The high school building was opened at its 65-acre (260,000 m2) campus in 2000 at a cost of $22 million. But faulty construction work led to the district suing the bonding company, architects and construction company. The district received a $10 million settlement, $6 million of it for replacing brickwork and $4 million for mediation and architectural fees.[2]

Extracurricular activities[edit]

Gaffney High Band of Gold, Jazz Band, Brass Ensemble, Wind Ensemble, Robotics Team, Concert Band, Concert Choir, boys and girls track, boys and girls soccer, boys and girls cross country, boys and girls tennis, boys and girls basketball, boys golf, girls softball, boys baseball, football, cheerleading, JROTC, volleyball, swimming, wrestling, Miss Cherokean Pageant, Mr. GHS, Gospel Choir, and Step Team.

Clubs include the Writing Club, Green Teens, Model UN, Drama Club, Delta Society, Kappa Society, Spanish Club, and French Club.

Achievements and awards[edit]

Awards received by Gaffney High School include:[1]

  • South Carolina's Palmetto's Finest Award
  • 2002-2003 Red Carpet School
  • Annual Regional Science Fair Winners/International Science Fair
  • Odyssey of the Mind World Champions 1997
  • Odyssey of the Mind State Champions in 2001-2002
  • 2000-2001 Schools of Promise Flagship Award, Renewal of status in 2003


Gaffney High School's athletic teams have won AAAA state championships. Its boys' varsity basketball team won this honor six times (in the 2002-2003 season, the 2003-2004 season, the 2004-2005 season, the 2005-2006 season, the 2009-2010 season and the 2011-2012 season); its boys' golf team won the same award in 2003; and its varsity football team was the AAAA State Champion in 2003, 2005, 2006 and 2012.

  • The football team has the most South Carolina High School League State Football Championships with a total of 16 championships.[3]
  • 2003, 2005, 2006 and 2012 Big 16 AAAA State Football Champions. This marks the 16th State Championship for Gaffney.
  • 2003, 2004, 2005, 2010 and 2012 Boys Basketball State Champions, becoming the first SC 4A high school to win three in a row.
  • The baseball and softball teams State Titles in the 2008-2009 school year. These are the 1st State Championships for either sport at Gaffney High School.

State Championships

Football - 1927,1928,1929,1931,1934,1960,1963,1964,1965,1985,1992,1997,2003,2005,2006,2012

Baseball - 2009

Basketball - 1949,2003,2004,2005,2010,2012

Softball - 2009

Boys Golf - 2003

Volleyball - 1982

Boys Cross Country - 1976

Track - Joe Craig - 2010(100M) Leah Fair - 2013(400M)

Wrestling - Trentonian Richburgh - 1999(171 lbs.) Thomas Mabry - 2013(160 lbs.) Zack Clary - 2013(106 lbs.)Zack Clary - 2014(113 lbs.)

Notable alumni[edit]


SAT scores
Year Average score
2001 918
2002 926
2003 947
2004 952
2005 939
2006 980


  1. ^ a b Achievements / Awards, accessed April 21, 2007.
  2. ^ Spencer, Janet S. "Masonry project at high school nearly over", Spartanburg Herald News, January 24, 2007.
  3. ^ STUDENT SPORTS FAB 50 NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL RANKINGS, accessed April 21, 2007. "Quarterback Malcolm Long finished the game with 254 yards (232 m) and three touchdown passes in Gaffney’s 45-0 victory over Irmo in the state championship game. The title marks a state-record 15 championships for Gaffney"

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