Southside High School (Greenville, South Carolina)

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Coordinates: 34°47′50″N 82°24′8″W / 34.79722°N 82.40222°W / 34.79722; -82.40222

Southside High School
SHS Tiger.gif
6630 Frontage Road at White Horse Road, Greenville, SC 29605
Type Public
Motto "Celebrating Diversity. United in Learning"
Principal Bradley Griffith
Faculty Faculty Members
Enrollment 837 (13-14 Count)
Color(s) Orange, Black & White
Mascot Tiger
Information (864) 355-8700

Southside High School is one of 14 public high schools that are part of the Greenville, South Carolina County Schools System. It is the first school in South Carolina to be home to an International Baccalaureate Diploma Program. Southside is also the defending state AA Boys' Basketball champions for the second year in a row. Currently it is 226th in the nation for its forensics team. Its Academic team was ranked number 2 in the nation as of last year. Also the school is host to a very successful AFJROTC drill team.

SAT Performance and Graduation Rate[edit]

According to a report by the Greenville County School District [1], Southside students scored 1023 on average on the SATs in 2003. This is 12 points higher than the Greenville County School Average (1011) and 7 points higher than the national public school SAT average (1016). This average may not clearly represent the distinction between the two distinct academic groups present at the school, the local zoned enrollment and the magnet enrollment due to the school's Advanced Placement and IB Diploma Programs.

Advanced Placement and IB Diploma Programs[edit]

Southside is the first high school in South Carolina to offer an International Baccalaureate Diploma Program. Southside couples the IB Diploma Program with the opportunity for students to take Advanced Placement Program exams. Many courses taught at the school incorporate expected materials from both programs. In addition, the IB Middle Years Program was implemented during the Fall of 2006; the current Program Coordinator at Southside High School is Mrs. Lavetta Collins.

In 2002, 103 students from Southside took 383 AP exams. 45 percent of those exams were scored at 3 or higher (generally considered a passing score). In the same year, 63 students took 230 IB Diploma exams with 63% of these exams scored at 4 or higher. [2]. The school offers AP courses in the following subject areas: Art, Biology, Calculus, Chemistry, Computer Science, English, European History, French, German, Macroeconomics, Physics, Psychology, Spanish, Statistics, World History, U. S. History, and Design and Technology. [3]

School Activities[edit]


  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Cross Country
  • Volleyball
  • Track and Field
  • Cheerleading
  • Baseball
  • Softball

Other Extracurricular Activities[edit]

  • Academic Team (Quiz Bowl)
  • Air Force JROTC
  • Band
  • Drama Club
  • Home Economics Club
  • Interact – Rotary-sponsored service club
  • Kitty Hawk Honor Society
  • National Forensic League (Competitive Speech & Debate)
  • National Honor Society
  • Red Cross Club (American Red Cross)
  • SAM Team – (Southside Automated Machines)/Robotics
  • Step Team (Stepping (African-American))
  • Student Council
  • TED Ed Club
  • YMCA Youth in Government
  • UNICEF Club

Speech and Debate Team[edit]

Southside High School's Speech and Debate (forensics) Team has won many awards since its establishment. The team is currently coached by Mr. Jason Johnson. Prior to Mr. Jason Johnson, Mr. Erickson Bynum coached the team, and prior to Mr. Bynum, Ms. Annellen Hughes led the team, who followed Mr. Truman Humbert as the team's coach.

Tiger Ambassadors[edit]

A unique program at Southside High School is the Tiger Ambassadors Program. 25 academically gifted students that are committed and involved in the school community serve as the public face of the student body at events. This gives students a chance to work on their oratorical skills and networking, and is led by Ms. Weslica Johnson.

Major Accomplishments[edit]

  • 1980 AA State Basketball Champions
  • 1990 AA State Track Runner-Up
  • 1991 AA State Basketball Runner-up (upper state champions)
  • 1992 AA State Basketball Champions
  • 1993 AA State Basketball Runner-Up (Upper state champions)
  • 1994 South Carolina Leading Forensics Chapter [4]
  • 1997 AAA State Track Champions
  • 1997 South Carolina Speech and Debate Champions [5]
  • 1998 AA State Champions in SC SAT competition
  • 1999 AA State Champions in SC SAT competition
  • 2003 AA State Champions in Forensics; Overall State Champions in Forensics
  • 2006 Relay For Life- Most money raised by a High School
  • 2007 AA Upper-State Basketball Champions (27-1) season
  • 2008 AA State Basketball Champions
  • 2008 AA State Champions in Forensics; South Carolina District Tournament Sweepstakes Winner in Forensics
  • 2009 AA State Basketball Champions
  • 2009 AA State 4x4 Relay Champions
  • 2009 State Champions in Forensics; South Carolina Districts Tournament Sweepstakes Winner in Foreniscs
  • 2010 State Champions in Forensics
  • 2010 AA State Girls' Basketball Champions
  • 2012 AAA Boys' Basketball Upper-State Champions
  • 2017 AAA Boys' Basketball Upper-State Champions

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