Hartsville High School

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Hartsville High School
Hartsville High School Seal.png
701 Lewellyn Drive
Hartsville, South Carolina

United States
Coordinates 34°21′41″N 80°05′09″W / 34.36143°N 80.08597°W / 34.36143; -80.08597
Type Public
Motto "Preparing for the Future by learning Every Day"
Established 1961
School district Darlington County School District
CEEB code 410995
Principal Dr. Charlie Burry
Grades 9 to 12
Gender Coeducational
Enrollment 1,254 (2012-2013 School Year)
Campus Suburban/rural
Color(s) Red, black and white             
Athletics conference 6 - AAAA
Mascot Red fox
Accreditation Southern Association for Secondary Schools and Colleges and South Carolina Department of Education
Newspaper Paw Prints
Yearbook Retrospect

Hartsville High School is a public secondary school serving grades 9–12 located in Hartsville, South Carolina. 1,254 students attended Hartsville High for the 2012-2013 school year.[1]

Hartsville High is governed by the Darlington County School District and is accredited by the Southern Association for Secondary Schools and Colleges, as well as the South Carolina Department of Education.

Hartsville High's curriculum offers advanced placement, International Baccalaureate, honors, college preparatory, academic, and applied technology courses. Fine arts programs in band, chorus, drama, orchestra and visual arts are available, and the athletic department produces 22 varsity and junior varsity teams in 14 sports.


In the 2012-2013 school year, 1,254 students attended Hartsville High School. About 51% were male and about 49% were female. 52% of students at HHS were White/Caucasian, 44% were African-American, 0.4% were Asian, 0.1% were Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, 0.1% were American Indian/Alaskan Native, 2% were Hispanic, and 1% were mixed (two or more races). 48% of students were considered to be a part of a minority. 55% of students were considered economically disadvantaged, with 51% receiving free lunches and 4% receiving reduced-price lunches.[1]

In the 2012-2013 school year, there were 426 ninth-grade students, 311 tenth-grade students, 279 eleventh-grade students, and 238 twelfth-grade students.[1]


Hartsville High School offers a wide array of classes that include:

  • Business Education
  • English Language Arts
  • Family & Consumer Sciences
  • Fine Arts including band, chorus, and orchestra
  • Foreign Languages including French, Spanish, and Mandarin Chinese
  • Mathematics including Algebra I, II, Pre-calculous, Probability and Statistics, and Calculous
  • Physical Education I & II
  • Sciences including Astronomy, Anatomy & Physiology, Biology I & II, Chemistry I & II, Earth Science, Environmental Science, Marine Biology, Science, and Physical Science
  • Social Studies
  • Various technology courses

Clubs and organizations[edit]

Hartsville High also offers a vast selection of clubs and organizations. They include:

  • Academic Challenge Team
  • Anchor Club
  • Band and Choral Ensembles
  • Culture Club
  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes
  • French Club
  • Future Educators of America
  • Key Club
  • National Beta Club
  • National Honor Society
  • Paw Prints school newspaper
  • Retail Operations Program
  • Retrospect yearbook
  • Spanish Club
  • Student Government Association

Ronald Rouse[edit]

In October 2012, Ronald Rouse, a lineman for the school's football team, collapsed twice and ultimately died at the school's homecoming football game (he was revived and was able to speak after the first collapse and started walking, but could not be revived after the second collapse, and was declared dead at a nearby hospital) against a rival team from Crestwood High School in Hartsville, South Carolina. An autopsy by Darlington County Coroner J. Todd Hardee revealed the ultimate cause of death as a fatal, sudden cardiac arrhythmia resulting from a congenitally enlarged heart (congenital cardiac hypertrophy). Rouse's jersey is framed in the entrance of the Red Fox arena.[2] Other sudden, catastrophically fatal incidents of cardiac arrest similar to this at high schools and colleges have been recorded in the U.S. in recent years, and the issue is beginning to receive more attention.

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