Message from the Principal

It is my pleasure to welcome you to the 2016-17 school year. We believe that parents want and need to be involved in their children’s education and that this communication leads to a happier and more successful school experience. Please encourage your children to attend classes every day. Encourage them to read the chapters, do the homework, write the paper, finish the project and please be wary of mumblings from your teenagers like, “I don’t have any homework.” Encourage your children to put forth their best effort at school EVERY DAY. Please insist that your children respect themselves, respect you, respect their teachers, and respect the tradition and purpose of Spartanburg High. And, in turn, we promise you that we, too, will continue to work with your children to ensure they receive the guidance and direction they need to stay on the right track. All children can learn and will do their personal best if given the right conditions for learning.
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Teachers of the Year Awards

Teachers of the Year Awards
LaTyphani Littlejohn (Typhani), first grade teacher from The Cleveland Academy of Leadership, has been selected as the 2016-17 Spartanburg School District 7 Teacher of the Year. Ms. Littlejohn finds no greater pleasure than of a servant leader. “Teaching is beyond a career for me. Teaching is a major part of my purpose and my life’s work!” With only 8 years so far in the classroom and the distinction this year of being voted Cleveland’s Teacher of the Year AND District 7’s Teacher of the Year, Littlejohn has proven herself a well respected, effective educator who goes above and beyond to satisfy the needs of her students. She stands out, with her calm disposition and compassionate nature, as a team player who understands the common goal of improving student achievement. In her warm, welcoming classroom Ms. Littlejohn approaches each topic with excitement while also incorporating interactive technology in her lessons to make connections. She says giving her students a purpose for learning is paramount and that it’s her job to help them find success.
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Senior Class Information

Senior Class Information


Jostens will return on Wednesday, March 1 in Rm 11M from 11:30AM until 3:30PM to deliver rings and Senior Orders. Seniors can still order their grad supplies by visiting Campus Supply, located at 430 Southport Commerce Blvd, Spartanburg, SC 29306 or shop online.

Senior College Planning

On Monday, October 17, students and parents will have an opportunity to attend a Scholarship Workshop at 7PM. New this year…starting with the 2017-2018 academic year, the FAFSA should be completed starting October 1st.

College Application Day

College Application Day will be held Thursday, October 27 in the media center. This event is for SENIORS ONLY. Please check back for more details.


We have a comprehensive scholarship database to help you keep up with deadlines, contact information for college counselors, and more. Students can access the database here SHS Scholarship Database.

Senior Yearbook Ads

Attention Seniors and Parents of Seniors! Information about senior yearbook ads, ordering yearbooks, and submitting your list of school related activities to accompany your portrait can be found on our website. Look for the link on the right under Publications called Sr Yearbook Ads and Info. Senior Ad Contracts and Senior Information Forms must be turned in to Mrs. McCulley in Room 107C no later than Monday, October 17. EVERY SENIOR NEEDS TO DOWNLOAD AND READ THIS IMPORTANT INFORMATION!

Viking News

Viking News
Varsity Volleyball vs. Gaffney. Lost 0-3 games: 14-25, 7-25, 15-25.
Ashley Wade: 2 kills, 3 digs Caroline Layne: 2 kills, 1 dig, 5 blocks Deona Mims: 1 ace serve, 4 kills, 2 blocks Sam Earnhardt: 4 digs Allee Campbell: 16 digs Jayla Hopkins: 1 kill, 9 digs, 8 assist Elly Tipton: 2 blocks Olivia Bradley: 1 block Natalia Rabuske: 1 dig.
Congratulations to Grady Thomas for being selected to the Shrine Bowl Football game that will be played in December at Gibbs Stadium.
Congratulations to the Varsity Volleyball team who were Champions of the Southside Christian Tournament they competed in over the weekend.
Beat Shannon Forest 2-0 games: 25-14, 25-23 Lily Ratliff: 3 aces, 13 digs, 18 assists Ashley Wade: 9 kills, 2 digs Caroline Layne: 1 ace, 1 kill, 2 blocks, 4 digs Deona Mims: 8 kills, 11 digs, Allee Campbell: 14 digs Sam Earnhardt: 8 digs Jayla Hopkins: 8 digs Elly Tipton: 2 kills Olivia Bradley: 1 kill, 2 blocks.
Beat Laurens 2-0 games: 25-19, 25-17 Lily Ratliff: 2 aces, 1 kill, 2 digs, 10 assist Ashley Wade: 1 ace, 2 kills, 2 digs Caroline Layne: 3 aces, 1 kill, 1 block, 2 digs Deona Mims: 1 ace, 6 kills, 1 block, 3 digs Allee Campbell: 6 digs Sam Earnhardt: 7 digs Jayla Hopkins: 3 digs Olivia Bradley: 2 kills, 1 block.
Beat Shannon Forest in 2nd match-up 2-0 games: 25-21, 25-21 Lily Ratliff: 2 kills, 7 digs, 20 assist Ashley Wade: 1 ace, 1 kill, 6 digs Caroline Layne: 1 ace, 4 kills, 4 blocks, 3 digs Deona Mims: 11 kills, 18 digs Allee Campbell: 16 digs Sam Earnhardt: 6 digs, 1 assist Jayla Hopkins: 9 digs Elly Tipton: 1 block, 2 digs Olivia Bradley: 3 kills, 1 block.
Beat Laurens in 2nd match-up 2-0 games: 25-11, 25-16 Lily Ratliff: 1 ace, 1 kill, 3 digs, 17 assist Ashley Wade: 3 kills, 2 digs Caroline Layne: 4 kills, 1 block Deona Mims: 2 aces, 7 kills, 5 digs Allee Campbell: 8 digs Sam Earnhardt: 2 digs Jayla Hopkins: 3 digs Elly Tipton: 1 block, 1 dig Oliva Bradley: 2 kills, 1 block.
Beat Spartanburg Day School in 1st round of championship round 2-1 games: 25-23, 19-25, 16-14 Lily Ratliff: 1 kill, 3 digs, 24 assist Ashley Wade: 11 kills, 3 digs Caroline Layne: 1 kills, 3 blocks, 3 digs Deona Mims: 8 kills, 20 digs Allee Campbell: 1 ace 1 kill, 13 digs Sam Earnhardt: 5 digs Jayla Hopkins: 3 digs Olivia Bradley: 2 kills, 2 blocks, 2 digs.
Beat Southside Christian to win tournament 2-1 games: 25-23, 23-25, 15-13 Lily Ratliff: 1 ace, 1 kill, 5 digs, 26 assist Ashley Wade: 9 kills, 1 dig Caroline Layne: 1 ace, 7 kills, 1 block, 2 digs Deona Mims: 1 ace, 7 kills, 5 blocks, 18 digs Allee Campbell: 8 digs Sam Earnhardt: 8 digs Jayla Hopkins: 6 digs Elly Tipton: 1 kill, 2 blocks, 1 dig Olivia Bradley: 1 kill, 1 block, 2 digs.
Cross Country competed in the Rockin in the USA Cross Country Festival in Piedmont over the weekend.
Boy’s Varsity Team Results: Wren - 29, Spartanburg - 51, Greer Middle College - 65, West Oak - 96, Belton Honea Path - 135, Easley - 184 and Laurens Academy - 188
SHS top varsity runners (grades 9 - 12): Hudson McKinney - 17:22; Heyward McPhail - 18:11; Harrison Carmichael - 18:27; Bryan Huff - 18:31; Nathan Jones - 18:54; Alex Lonon - 18:54.
Boy’s Junior Varsity Team Results: Spartanburg - 16, Greer Middle College - 61, Wren - 78, Easley - 99, Belton Honea Path - 142.
Girl’s Varsity Team Results: Wren - 18, Greer Middle College - 40, Spartanburg - 69, Easley - 121 and Laurens Academy - 149.
SHS top varsity runners (grades 9 - 12): Emma Hull - 22:27; Hannah Jordan - 22:35; Caitlin Volk - 22:38; Helen Nowatka - 23:14; Sophia Beyer - 23:33.
Girl’s Junior Varsity Team Results: Spartanburg - 15 and Easley - 50

Homecoming 2016

Homecoming 2016

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Parade & Pep Rally 6:00 pm • The traditional homecoming parade will feature class floats, homecoming queen candidates, and the football team. The parade starts on Fernwood Glendale and travels to SHS. A pep rally in the bus parking lot will round out the festivities. • St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church, our neighbors next to SHS, are also having their community block party tonight from 5-7pm to coincide with the parade; they will have inflatables and food.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Homecoming Game vs Boiling Springs, 7:30 pm • Coin Toss • Homecoming Queen at Half-Time • Class Reunions Recognized.

Important Dates and Announcements

Important Dates and Announcements

On-Line Meal Application

Parents are encouraged to fill out the free and reduced meal application on-line.
Please go to our Parent Portal and scroll down to Food Services. Click on the EZMealApp, follow instructions and you’ll receive a confirmation after you complete the application. Please note if you have more than one child in school in District Seven you may receive a meal application for each child, however to apply for free and reduced meal benefits, please complete only ONE application for all children in your household who attend a school in District Seven.

Best Singer in the District Auditions

Auditions will be held Thursday, October 6 at 3:30pm – 6:00pm at McCracken Middle School Theatre.
Auditions: You do not need to pre-register for the audition; you will be assigned an audition number when you sign-in.
Audition Fee: $8 per student to be paid at the audition; checks payable to Spartanburg School District 7.
Competition Divisions: Elementary 3-5, Middle 6-8, High 9-12
Musical Selections: Students may sing a cappella (without accompaniment), with piano accompaniment (must provide accompanist), with a CD (no backup vocals/music only), or the student may accompany himself or herself on piano, guitar, or other instrument. Student will sing one song not to exceed 1 minute and 30 seconds.
Dress for the Auditions: Regular school clothes.
Grand Finale will be held on Saturday, November 12.

Guidance News

Seniors and parents are encouraged to schedule an IGP meeting with their guidance counselor on September 20 thru October 26 and November 1 thru November 18. Go to to make your appointment.
Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors and parents are encouraged to schedule an IGP meeting with their guidance counselor between Monday, January 16 and Friday, March 4 to discuss classes for next year. Registration begins Monday, March 13 thru Friday, March 17.
Please call our Guidance Office at 864-594-4410 ext. 7216 if you have any questions or if you prefer to make your IGP appointment by phone. Freshmen Parents, call 864-594-4513 for questions and to make an appointment. Thank you for your support of this important initiative.

Interested In Attending A Highly Selective University?

On Thursday, September 29, Duke University is having its first ever Discover Duke Program in Greer from 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM. They’ll cover university life, admissions, financial aid and even feature a local alumni panel. Registration can be found here: The representative from Duke University (Adam Tomasiello) will also be here at SHS in our Guidance Library from 11:45 AM - 12:30 PM on Friday, September 30.

SAGA Yearbook

Yearbooks can be purchased at or by calling 1-877-767-5217. They will cost $70 through December 19, 2016. Students can get up to 4 free icons with the purchase of the yearbook and personalization by September 9, 2016. From December 10, 2016 through February 17, 2017 the cost will be $75.
The last day to purchase personalization and options is February 17, 2017.
From February 18, 2017 through April 14, 2017 the cost will be $80. Extra books will be sold at the school on distribution day, April 21, for $80 on a first come, first served basis while they last. Email notices will go out from Jostens several times during the year, and mailings should arrive to homes around November 28, 2016 and February 6, 2016.

Class Reunions

The CLASS OF 1976 will have their 40th reunion on Friday, October 21 during Homecoming at 7:30PM. On Saturday, October 22 the class will take a tour of Spartanburg High School. Afterward there will be an event on Saturday Night. On Sunday, October 23 the class will fellowship.
Email contact: Tami Dennis
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