Award Year: 2016
The mission of Wade Hampton High School is to EDUCATE and INSPIRE students to become responsible, discerning, productive citizens EMPOWERED to change the world. EDUCATE.INSPIRE.EMPOWER.
- Black/African American: 19%
- White: 61%
- Hispanic: 12%
- Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 1%
- Asian: 4%
- Two or more races: 3%
- ELL: 7%
- Economically Disadvantaged: %
Wade Hampton High School is a true success story! Having opened its doors in the fall of 1959 to a predominately white, upper middle class student body, the neighborhoods that surrounded the school were built in the 1950's. By the 1970's, WHHS was the largest high school in the state serving over 2,000 students. As the decades passed, socio-economic changes took hold, demographics of the community changed, and enrollment was affected. WHHS saw its lowest graduation rate ever in 2005. Changes from the district, including the construction of a new building, served to guide us down the road to excellence that we continue to follow today. In 2009, Wade Hampton High School celebrated its 50th Anniversary and was named the top high school in SC by the Palmetto's Finest Committee. In 2014, the SC State Report Cards reported both WHHS's graduation rate and poverty index at all-time highs of 93.3% and 52.12%, respectively. WHHS is now one of the highest performing schools in South Carolina. Throughout the years of change, the strategies that make the biggest impact on individual student achievement are still in place. Meaningful student-adult relationships, common and consistent operations, and consistently high expectations for academics are the foundation of the culture and instructional program. The Freshman Academy provides the gateway for years of academic success to our students and impacts the largest number of students in any of our programs. We are proud to be "Leading Like Generals!"