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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Senior Class Information

Senior Class Information


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.

What Are Your Plans After Graduation?

Let everyone know what your college or military plans are for next year by signing the list for the Norse News College Collage in your English class. A full list will be printed in the May issue of Norse News. If you are not taking an English class you can sign the list outside 107C. Sign up by Friday, March 17.


Jostens will return on Wednesday, March 29 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.

Viking News

Viking News


In celebration of National Youth Art Month, the Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg’s annual Focus on Youth Juried Art Exhibition will run through March 30 in the Guild Gallery at the Chapman Cultural Center. The exhibit includes works of students in grades nine through 12 in Spartanburg County schools. Spartanburg High School art students won two of the five awards!
Erin Jones won 2nd Place and $75. Carleton Boyd, with two pieces accepted into the show, received $25.00 for one of the two Honorable Mention awards. Other SHS art students with work juried into the exhibit are: Mary Cameron Blackstone, Catherine Chapman and Nemiah Miller.


JV Baseball lost to Byrnes 10 to 4 on Friday.
The Varsity Boy’s Lacrosse Team fell to a 3-3 record with a loss on the road 9 to 4 against the Rebels of Byrnes. Leading in scoring was Senior Captain Walker Wakefield with 2 goals, 1 assist, and 1 ground ball. Sophomore Midfielder Ellis Smith had 1 goal, 1 assist, and 1 ground ball. Sophomore Attackman Sam Harakas added 1 goal and 2 ground balls. Senior Daniel Cox led the team on defense with 9 ground balls and 2 takeaways. Sophomore Defenseman James Mullen also had 8 ground balls. Junior Goalie Tommy Sisan had 5 saves and 1 ground ball.
The Varsity Boy’s Lacrosse team fell to a 3-4 record with a loss on the road 11 to 1 against Greenville. Junior Captain Will Nowatka played a great game despite the loss. He led the team with 5 ground balls and 4 takeaways. Junior Goalie Tommy Sisan had 11 saves and 2 ground balls.
The JV Boy’s Lacrosse Team improved to 3-2 over the weekend with a win over Greenville by a score of 10-4. Leading in scoring for the Vikings was Freshman Halstead Morris with 5 goals, 1 assist, and 1 groundball. Also scoring for the Vikings were Freshman Alex Rowe with 1 goal, Freshman Rob King with 2 goals, and Sophomore Brownlee Wakefield with 2 goals and an assist. Freshman Matt Polk lead the team on defense with 2 takeaways and 3 groundballs. Sophomore CJ Leverett (1 assist) and Freshman Andrew Youngblood secured 11 of 15 faceoffs for the Vikings while Sophomore Wells Laney and Freshman Matt Smith combined for 5 saves in goal. The Vikings host Boiling Springs this Friday night.
The JV Boy’s Lacrosse Team defeated the Byrnes Rebels Friday by a score of 6-5. Leading in scoring for the Vikings was Freshman Halstead Morris with 4 goals, Freshman Alex Rowe with 1 goal and 1 assist, and Sophomore Brownlee Wakefield with 1 assist. Freshman Rob King added 2 assists and secured 5 groundballs for the Vikings. Sophomore Wells Laney made 11 saves in the winning effort.
At the 2017 Glover Smiley Track Classic : the Boys & Girls Track Teams both won the Smiley Classic Championship.
Girls Results: Malajah Rodgers won the 100 meters; Maleeka Bailey placed 2nd in the 100 meters; Louise Franke won the 1600 meters and the 2000 Steeplechase and set a New School Record; Samiriah Stokes won the Pole Vault and set a new School Record.
The Girls won the 4 x100 Relay, the 4 x 200 relay, the 4x 400 relay, the 4 x 800 relay, the 800 Sprint medley Relay, the mile medley Relay, the Distance Medley relay, the Shuttle relay, the High jump Relay, The Pole Vault relay, the Long jump Relay, the Shot Put Relay, and the Discus Relay. The girls placed 2nd in the Triple Jump relay and the Swedish Relay.
Boys Results: Malik Watson won the 100 meters; Eric Rice placed 4th in the 100 meters; Hudson McKinney won the 1600 meters and the Steeplechase. The Boys won the Swedish Relay, the 4x800 relay, the Shuttle Hurdle relay, the High Jump relay, the Pole Vault relay, the Shot Put relay, the Discus relay. The Boys placed 2nd in the 4x100 relay, the 4x400 relay, the Sprint Medley relay, Distance medley relay, the long Jump relay, the Triple Jump relay, the Boys placed 3rd in the Mile Medley Relay.
The Boys & Girls Track teams with take on Dorman H.S. on Tuesday at 5:00 p.m. at SHS Viking Field.


Congratulations to the following JROTC cadets who were coronated as the 2017 JROTC Military Ball Royal Court on Saturday, March 18, 2017:
9th Grade Prince: Jaqwavius Henderson
9th Grade Princess: Skye Scruggs
10th Grade Prince: Jerry Ferguson
10th Grade Princess: Jade McDowell
11th Grade Prince: (vacant)
11th Grade Princess: Shamia Murphy
12th Grade Prince: Jeremia Grant
12th Grade Princess: Zy’ana Miller
Military Ball King: Caleb Washington
Military Ball Queen: Ebony Henderson

D7 Student Earns Top Award at Junior Scholars Award Ceremony

D7 Student Earns Top Award at Junior Scholars Award Ceremony
For the fifth year in a row, a District 7 student earned a top merit award in the county for the highest score on the PSAT (Preliminary SAT) during the Spartanburg County Junior Scholars Awards Ceremony at Converse College. Drew Lawton won two of the three awards on Thrusday, March 2 – he tied as the Highest Scorer on the PSAT Evidence Based Reading and Writing and earned the top merit award for the Highest PSAT Total Score as part of the South Carolina Junior Scholars Program. Drew is an 8th grader at McCracken Middle School.
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Important Dates and Announcements

Important Dates and Announcements

Parent - Teacher Conference Days

Parent - Teacher Conferences will be held Thursday, March 23 and Tuesday, March 28 at 3:30PM to 6:30PM. Please make arrangements with your child’s teacher.

Student Council Elections

Student Council elections are right around the corner. Student Body elections will be February 20-March 3, followed by Class Officer elections March 7-17, ending with Senator elections March 20-31.
Juniors, in order to run for Student Body President you must have served in either Senate or the House of Representatives for one year.
General candidates, to run for any office you must have no disciplinary record greater than 3 days Detention hall and maintain a 3.50 GPA.
If you have any questions, please feel free to talk to either the current Student Body President, Bryson Coleman or Student Council Advisor, Mr. Chris White in room 110M.

Prom 2017

Attention Prom Goers— Tickets will go on sale beginning Monday, March 20th. If you purchase your ticket before Spring Break, you get a $10 discount. Yes, you can get your ticket for $30 each. After Spring Break the regular price is $40. Get your ticket early and save money. You can purchase your ticket in Mr. White’s room during all lunches.

Sister Act, The Musical is Coming to the Chapman Cultural Center

Rejoice! Spartanburg School District 7 will present SISTER ACT, A DIVINE MUSICAL COMEDY at the Chapman Cultural Center from May 25 – 28, 2017. A tribute to sisterhood, friendship, creativity and courage, Sister Act is the feel-good musical comedy smash based on the hit 1992 film that has audiences jumping to their feet! Featuring original music by Tony- and eight-time Oscar winner, Alan Menken (Newsies, Beauty and the Beast, Little Shop of Horrors), this uplifting musical was nominated for five Tony Awards, including Best Musical.
When disco diva, Deloris Van Cartier, witnesses a murder, she is put in protective custody in the one place the cops are sure she won’t be a found: a convent! Disguised as a nun, she finds herself at odds with both the rigid lifestyle and uptight Mother Superior. Using her unique disco moves and singing talent to inspire the choir, Deloris breathes new life into the church and community but, in doing so, blows her cover. Soon, the gang is giving chase, only to find them up against Deloris and the power of her newly found sisterhood.
Deputy Superintendent Dr. Terry Pruitt will direct the show. He has an extensive background in the arts having served as a band director, choral director, drama teacher, and church choir director. Dr. Pruitt has directed many community and school theatre productions during his career and this will make the eighth show he has directed in District 7, including last year’s highly successful production of All Shook Up. Dr. John Moody, Music Department Chairman and Director of Choral Activities for District Seven will lead musical direction. Susan Woodham, dance teacher at Pine Street School and Outreach Director for Ballet Spartanburg, and Caroline Pruitt, special education teacher at Chapman Elementary and dance teacher for Ballet Spartanburg, will serve as choreographers. Bryon Long, theatre teacher at Spartanburg High School and Pine Street School, will serve as technical director.
The play will open on Thursday, May 25 at the Chapman Cultural Center at 7p.m., with other performances on Friday, May 26 at 7p.m., Saturday, May 27 at 7p.m., and Sunday, May 28 at 3p.m. Ticket information will be released soon, BUT mark your calendar now – you will not want to miss this great show presented by our District 7 Musical Theatre students. Auditions will be held in January and will be announced soon.
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