Wren High School
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|Wren High School|
|905 Wren School Road
Piedmont, South Carolina 29673
|School type||Public high school|
|School district||Anderson School District One|
|Assistant principals||Christopher Chapman
|Student to teacher ratio||14.4|
|Color(s)||Blue and gold|
Wren High School is an award-winning, outstanding public high school serving the small communities of Piedmont. Wren has received a Palmetto Gold rating for a record 10 straight years. The U.S. News & World Report ranked WHS among the "Nation's Best" High Schools in 2009. After 3 years as a finalist, Wren was named a Palmetto's Finest High School in March 2011. This prestigious award is given only to one school a year and uses a series of visits to identify the best school in the state. Wren High is constantly recognized as a model for academic success and community involvement.
Wren's athletic teams are known as the Golden Hurricanes, and their school colors are blue and gold. In 2008, Wren High's softball team won a region, district, and state championship. In the 2009/2010 athletic year, Wren produced six region champion teams (football, girls' softball, golf, boys' soccer, baseball, and track and field). The girls' golf team went on to finish third at the state championships. The cheerleading team also qualified for the state competition. The "Category V" dance team won the Cheersport National Championship in Atlanta, Georgia. In 2011 the girls gold team won a state championship. In 2010/2011, much of the same success was repeated with multiple region champions and invitations to the state tournaments. Girls' Golf once again finished 3rd in the state while the Category V Dance Team won two National Championships in different divisions. In 2011/2012 the Category V Dance Team won their 3rd consecutive National Championship, while the Varsity Girls' Golf team won the AAAA State Championship. Starting the 2012-2013 season, Wren high school began competing at the state AAA level. In that athletic year, Wren produced several region teams, including girls and boys soccer, baseball, and girls basketball, with girls basketball and boys soccer reaching the Upper State Championship games. In 2014 Wren's football team had an unprecedented undefeated season, taking the region 1 championship title, ending in the second round of playoffs.
Wren also has a strong tradition of music. The Wren High School Marching Band consistently has gone to the State Championships in their class, and scored well. Under the direction of Mr. Bruce Caldwell, now retired after 31 years of teaching, the band place 2nd in AAA state consistently during the 1990s. 2003 was the last year (until 2010) that they went to State Championships, and they place 3rd. In 2010 Wren went to the AAAA State Championship, and place 8th of 13. In 2011, they place 9th of 13. In 2012, due to the opening of Powdersville High School, Wren dropped back to AAA, and placed 4th at AAA State Championships out of 20. In 2013, Mr. Bruce Caldwell retired, and Mr. Chuck Hamlett, an alumni and former Drum Major of the band, took over. The band again went to the AAA State Championships and place 11th of 20. In 2014, Wren went to AAA State Finals again and placed 13th out of 19 bands.
2010- Conquest of Gold- 8th in AAAA State Championship
2011- Skeletons in the Closet- 9th in AAAA State Championship
2012- Superstitions- 4th in AAA State Championship
2013- Equilibrium- 11th in AAA State Championship
2014- Le Tour: Every Second Counts- 13th in AAA State Championship
To thee, O Wren, we sing thy praise Who leads us true in Wisdom's ways Mother of learning, we sing to thee All our love and loyalty.
Mem'ries so tender linger on Of school days here, past and gone Lasting friends and truths we feel Mold our lives with high ideals.
O Wren, with heart and hand and mind We hold thee dear in favor kind. Success can be sure, life's battle won Dear Alma Mater, live on, live on.
- Shannon Faulkner (1993), first female cadet to enter The Citadel
- Wes Knight (2004), MLS professional soccer player
- Wesley Quinn (2008), former member of the musical group V Factory
- Rachel Wyatt (2013), Miss America's Outstanding Teen 2012
- Kelly Bryant (2015), Football player for the Clemson Tigers
- Jonathan Shorter (2013), Track runner for the Anderson Trojans
- D.J. Jones (2013), Football player for the Ole Miss Rebels