Spartanburg Day School

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Spartanburg Day School
Spartanburg, South Carolina, United States
Type Private school
Established September 12, 1957
Headmaster Rachel S. Deems [1]
Faculty 90
Grades 3K–12
Enrollment 450
Color(s) Red and Blue
Athletics conference South Carolina Independent School Association (SCISA)
Mascot Griffin

phone: (864) 582-7539

fax: (864) 582-7530

Spartanburg Day School is an independent, college preparatory 3K-12 school, located in Spartanburg County, South Carolina, United States, in the Greenville-Spartanburg area. It consists of a lower school for 3K-4th graders, a middle school for 5th-8th graders, and an upper school for 9th-12th graders.


Spartanburg Day School was established on September 12, 1957 at the Drayton Mill Community Building, with 35 students in 1st–5th grades. As more upper-level grades were needed, a new location for SDS was established on Skylyn Drive, where the school is currently located. In October 1962, the new campus was officially opened. The lower school did not move to the current campus until 1993.[citation needed]

When the families of foreign expatriates began moving to the Greenville-Spartanburg area in the 20th century, most of the children attended Spartanburg Country Day School.[2]


Each student from grades 7 to 12 is required to participate in one athletic team each academic year. SDS offers cross country, volleyball, soccer, physical education, tennis, basketball, swimming, cheerleading, baseball, lacrosse, golf, and track and field.[3] The school does not deny students from participating in its athletic programs due to inexperience or ability.[4] SDS has enjoyed much athletic success in recent years, including back-to-back baseball state championships in 2001 and 2002, as well as state championship teams in men's and women's tennis.[citation needed]


Spartanburg Day School provides students with a number of after-school programs throughout the year.

Fall Festival[edit]

The activities at the Fall Festival are aimed towards lower school students, although all students are welcome to attend. Games and prizes motivate the students to come. Juniors are required to attend Fall Festival because it is a main fundraiser for the Junior-Senior prom.[citation needed]

Special studies[edit]

Beginning in 1996, one week out of every year in March, upper school students are able to "engage in a non-traditional learning activity". Examples of special studies activities include trips to Puerto Rico, Italy, and Toronto, and working with Habitat for Humanity. Activities located on campus include Independent Women, The Art of Movies, and Photoshop. Each student is required to either attend a special studies activity or come up with their own.[citation needed]


Spartanburg Day School currently has five bands, all directed by Dick Barnes. He also teaches ballroom dance to the 6th grade, and teaches the 5th grade to play the recorder. The bands are the Middle School Concert Band, the Middle School Honor Band, the Middle School Jazz Band, the Upper School Band, the Upper School Jazz Band. Several of these require an audition, but not all.

The bands have done consistently well at all state festivals. None of the bands ever made grades above an Excellent. However, on March 3, 2007, the Middle School Jazz Band earned a Superior at the State Jazz festival. This was the first time the school had ever earned a Superior at any state festival. The SDS Middle School Honors Band was awarded the Outstanding Performance Award in the spring of 2007 after receiving enough Superiors at the state Solo and Ensemble festival. In 2009, all 6th grade students signed up for Beginning Band, even though the course was completely optional.[citation needed]


Seniors at Spartanburg Day School have special privileges, which include a special area that only they can enter, called the Senior Lounge. Seniors are also the only students who may leave the campus, and they are not required to attend their study halls. Senior Privileges can be revoked at any time, by any faculty member.[citation needed]

100% of seniors in the past ten years[when?] have been accepted into a four-year college or university.[5]

School songs[edit]

Alma mater[edit]

We with zeal pursue our studies
Toward a happy mind fulfilled
Recognizing sound achievement
As the rock on which we build.

Finis Coronat Opus
The end crowns the work
Is our steadfast rule.
Finis Coronat Opus
The motto of the Spartanburg Day School.

For our goal we build a spirit
Great in power and clear in form
Bending not to moral whirlwind
Standing fast in every storm.

Finis Coronat Opus
The end crowns the work
Is our steadfast rule.
Finis Coronat Opus
The motto of the Spartanburg Day School.[6]

Fight song[edit]

SDS is marching on
We are proud and we are strong
Let us wave our colors red and blue
Let us cheer for students brave and true
We will fight and we will win
Never ever giving in
No matter where you go
You will always know
Our SDS team is marching on![6]

Notable alumni[edit]


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Coordinates: 34°58′35″N 81°53′34″W / 34.9765121°N 81.8928816°W / 34.9765121; -81.8928816