James F. Byrnes High School

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James F. Byrnes High School
JFBHS logo.jpg
150 East Main Street
Duncan, South Carolina 29334
United States
Coordinates 34°56′2″N 82°7′39″W / 34.93389°N 82.12750°W / 34.93389; -82.12750Coordinates: 34°56′2″N 82°7′39″W / 34.93389°N 82.12750°W / 34.93389; -82.12750
Funding type Public
Motto Discere est Vincere
School district Spartanburg County School District 5
Superintendent Scott Turner
CEEB code 410670
Principal Todd Hardy
Faculty 97
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 1,654
Student to teacher ratio 17:1
Color(s)          Blue and Gray
Mascot Rebel
Newspaper The Spotlight

James F. Byrnes High School is located in Duncan, South Carolina. The James F. Byrnes Freshman Academy is situated at the former location of D. R. Hill Middle School. Currently, there are 1,560 students served by 139 faculty and staff members, with approximately 600 students in the Byrnes Freshman Academy. Throughout its history, Byrnes has experienced a large amount of success in athletics, most notably their football team, who have won 11 State Championships in Football.[1]


James F. Byrnes High School was built in 1955 at a cost of $1,000,000. The school was named after James F. Byrnes, the most distinguished South Carolinian of his time. He served in the U.S. House of Representatives, the U.S. Senate, was a U.S. Supreme Court Justice, Director of War Mobilization during World War II, U.S. Secretary of State under President Harry Truman and completed his political career as Governor of South Carolina 1951–1955. When the school was built there were 21 teachers and 500 students in grades 9–12. In 1969, the school integrated, moving all the African-American students from Florence Chapel School to Byrnes. In 2007, the ninth grade moved to a separate facility.[2]

Extracurricular activities[edit]

Fine Arts[edit]

James F. Byrnes High School has recently become one of the most prestigious schools in South Carolina for the Fine Arts. Most prominent is the marching band nicknamed "The Rebel Regiment" which has won 11 State Championships. The school is also starting to become highly recognized for its theater department nicknamed"The Rebel Theater Company". They have won state four times in five years, most recently in 2014. They have competed at SETC (South Eastern Theater Convention) against 20 of the best schools from ten states. In 2013, Their show Women of Troy won second at SETC, including All Star Cast Awards and the Best Actress award.


Throughout the school's history, the Rebels have won a total of thirty-six state championships in all sports.[1]


The Byrnes High School football team has experienced a large amount of success throughout its history. The Rebels have won 11 state championships in football, including four under Bobby Bentley.[1] The Rebel football team competes on Nixon Field, located behind J. F. Byrnes High School. The field is named in honor of D. M. Nixon. Mr. Nixon was a former superintendent of District Five Schools and served from 1956 until his retirement in 1965.[3]

In 2008 the Rebels began the season as the number one team in the country according to The USA Today newspaper and held that spot until a regular season loss dropped them in the polls. They regrouped and won their ninth state championship to finish that season. In 2009, Byrnes began the season as the No. 2 ranked team in the nation according to MaxPreps.com. Also in 2009, the Rebels played the defending national champions, St. Thomas Aquinas High School of Fort Lauderdale, FL on October 2, 2009. St. Thomas Aquinas defeated Byrnes by a score of 42–34. Byrnes won their 11th state title in 2011.[4]


Introduced in 2016, Colonel Rhea Dobson started Marksmanship at Byrnes for AFJROTC.

State championships[edit]

State Championships[1]
Season Sport Number of Championships Year
Fall Marching band 11 1983, 1988, 1994, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2006, 2016
Football 11 1976, 1982, 1986, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011
Cross Country, Boys 2 2000, 2001
Volleyball 4 1979, 1982, 1986, 2008
Winter Wrestling 1 1981
Basketball, Boys 3 1976, 1990, 2016
Basketball, Girls 4 1960, 1961, 1962, 1965
Spring Softball 2 1991, 2005, 2006, 2014
Total 38

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d "Byrnes Athletic Website". Archived from the original on September 12, 2012. Retrieved March 18, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Our School". Archived from the original on September 27, 2008. Retrieved March 18, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Honored at Byrnes". Archived from the original on July 24, 2011. Retrieved March 18, 2010. 
  4. ^ Cite error: The named reference rebels was invoked but never defined (see the help page).

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