Award Year: 2013

Mayo High School for Math, Science & Technology

405 Chestnut Street
Darlington, SC, 29532-5211

(843) 398-2650

Arlene Wallace, Principal at time of Nomination

Darlington County School District

School Website


To achieve excellence through a challenging curriculum with high expectations in a safe, positive environment to develop future leaders.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 46%
  • White: 51%
  • Hispanic: 1%
  • Asian: 1%
  • Two or more races: 1%
  • ELL: 2%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %

In 1889 Dr. Dwight Mayo, a nationally known educator, envisioned a school designed to further the education of African-Americans in Darlington County. The original MHS closed its doors in 1994 as a result of a desegregation lawsuit. The newly renovated Mayo High School for Math, Science & Technology reopened its doors in 1996. MHSMST is a county-wide public four-year high school of choice.

To qualify for admission, students must submit standardized test scores, grade point averages, teacher recommendations, and personal statements. Each criterion is graded, and a minimum score must be obtained in order for the student to be deemed eligible for the random selection process. Selection of students is based on the number of available slots in each grade level. Current enrollment is 357.

Mayo offers motivated students the opportunity to combine strong academics with a STEM focus in math, science, and technologies while offering enhanced courses in the humanities. Mayo students are encouraged to participate in clubs, organizations, and other extra-curricular activities.

The students, parents, teachers, staff, and community of MHSMST work together to create a positive, friendly school community committed to achievement. The school community is devoted to exemplifying excellence and helping all students reach their highest potential. MHSMST believes “Hard Work Pays Off!”

Every discipline enhances the literacy program by devoting time to Self-Selected Reading where students read for pleasure at least 15 minutes/day. Reading and vocabulary instruction across the curriculum has impacted test scores positively. Longitudinal data is presented to all stakeholders annually to maximize student growth.

Through collaborative projects and Common Core curriculum, we prepare students for success and are proud of Mayo’s 100% graduation rate.