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Congratulations to Dreher's students and staff.  Once again this year, Dreher was named a Palmetto Gold Award winner for Overall Performance, the highest educational honor in the State. 

See the Department of Education's website for details.

Throughout the school, teachers are taking snapshots and making videos of students as they creatively use technology in the classroom.  Members of Student Council and the PTO will award a prize for the most creative use of technology in support of the curriculum.

Chinese teacher Qian Yuan submitted the first photo in the competition.  Future entries will be posted in the Photo Album called "Students at Dreher Use Technology in the Classroom" under Student Activities. 

Click here for Photo Album

PE/Health teacher and boys' soccer coach Clark McCarthy saved the life of a young boy.  Read about how he sprang into action to help a distraught mother at this link to WIS-TV.

Madison is a "Runaway" winner!

Junior Madison Cotterill's design won the 2014 Runaway Runway Fashion Show sponsored by the Columbia Design League.  Although it is generally considered to be a show for adult designers, Madison started participating in it when she was thirteen.  That first year Madison won the Mad Skills award.  Two years later, she won the EcoFabulous award.  This year, Madison came away with the top prize!

All garments must be made of post-consumer materials. Madison went to the show, dressed her models, was interviewed by the judges, made it to the top 19, and then decided to go to prom!  So, her mother brought her award to Leaside to surprise Madison.  

Madison's design from the 2013 show can be seen on display at the Columbia Museum of Art, as described here in Fig Magazine’s Blog:

Madison's design was also featured in the current issue of Columbia Metropolitan Magazine.

Madison hopes to attend Savannah College of Art and Design to major in fashion design.  Earlier this spring, Madison's entry won the District's Visual Literacy competition for puppetry.  

To see Madison's creation, 

To see photos of Prom 2014, click here

Seniors and parents of seniors:  

1. FAFSA workshops are available at Midlands Tech.  Click here for a schedule.  

2.FAFSA is now available online.  You do not need to complete your tax return before you complete the FAFSA.  Complete the FAFSA now with the best information you have on hand to be sure you qualify for financial aid.

3. Be sure to check the special senior calendar and other information in the link called "Senioritis" under Student Activities (above).

4. The senior calendar contains due dates for many scholarships.  Scholarship information is available under Guidance on the Faculty and Staff tab and under Scholarships on the Student Resources tab.  

5.  Balfour will distribute Graduation Announcements during both lunches on April 21.

How are we doing?  
(Fact #7 from the Annual School Report Card)

The On-Time Graduation Rate is based upon the number of students who graduate within four years of entering high school.  

In 2013, 84.1% of Dreher students graduated within 4 years.
In 2009, 81.7% did so. 

For the Federal definition of "on-time graduation," 



Student Council is raising funds to help English teacher Michelle Allen and her young family as her husband, a medic, battles cancer.  Can you join us in his fight?

Honors and Awards

At the state convention of Future Business Leaders of America, Junior Dylan McCrorey was elected secretary  for the 2014-2015 school year. In the competition held at the convention, sophomore Ayana Scriven placed fifth in the state in FBLA Principles and Procedures.

Dreher's chapter of FBLA is sponsored by business education teacher Gwendolyn Fludd.

Dylan McCrorey Ayana Scriven

Congratulations to Dreher's choruses under the direction of Arts Department chair,  N. Walter Graham.  The combined chorus received a superior rating at the SCMEA State Choral Festival.  

To hear the Alma Mater sung by our superior chorus, click here.

To hear the "Superior" performance, click here.  Be patient, though.  It takes a minute for the chorus to assemble and begin singing.

Forty-one seniors have been named High School Scholars and Academic All-Stars.  They and their parents will be honored by the district at a banquet on May 6.

The district sets the strict criteria for this award.

For a list of these remarkably successful students, 

Our seniors have begun to report to us on the scholarships they have been accumulating.

Jin Yu Gao and Joanne Wu have been named Hamilton Scholars at USC.  This is a prestigious scholarship which provides them with $7000 per year for four years.  

Congratulations to Ally Fripp.  She was awarded the Amos and Vesta Showalter Endowed Scholarship at Colorado College.  

Congratulations to senior Katherine Doc Osborne on being selected as a South Carolina Teaching Fellow at The College of Charleston.

For photos of some of these fantastic seniors,


In results announced by the SC Department of Education, Dreher received an "Excellent" rating on the 2012-2013 Annual School Report Card in both both absolute terms and in growth from the previous year.  Our on-time graduation rate is 84.1%.  

For complete report card information, click here 

For a summary, 20132013 annual report card.pdf

CONGRATULATIONS to our five 2013-2014 National Merit Semifinalists, one National Achievement Semifinalist, and three National Commended Scholars.  

Competing for National Merit scholarships are John Andrews, Jeremy Day, Jin Yu Gao, Isabel Gwara and Cameron Moreno. Jaleel Jefferson will compete for a National Achievement scholarship. Margaret Bellinger Boylston, Connor Gibson and Seth Kays are recognized as National Commended Scholars.  

For more photos, 

We Got an "A!"

Dreher achieved a grade of 93.4 on the 2013 "State Report Card."

Also, last year's sophomores did a terrific job on the HSAP, a test required for graduation.  In English, 93.6% passed on the first try last spring.  In Math, 88.2% passed on the first try.  

For details on Dreher's achievements on each significant measure, see the charts that are linked in the folder called HSAP, EOCEP and Graduation Rate for Dreher 2012-2013 under School Resources (above).  

Dreher was named on Newsweek's List of America's Best High Schools

The list is based on six components:
  1. graduation rate (25 percent),
  2. college acceptance rate (25 percent),
  3. AP/IB/AICE tests taken per student (25 percent),
  4. average SAT/ACT scores (10 percent),
  5. average AP/IB/AICE scores (10 percent), and
  6. percent of students enrolled in at least one AP/IB/AICE course (5 percent).

In the classroom of...

"What's Going on in French II?"

Watch and listen as Lauren Davis, Mallory Johnson and Shestruma Parajuli, French 2 students, discuss "Ma Routine" - a link under Student Activities,

Always wondered what goes on in the classrooms of Dreher High School?  Take a look under the Student Activities link across the top of the page.

Still photos highlighting classroom activities are in the Photo Album.

Upcoming Events

Monday, April 21
Graduation Announcements delivered by Balfour
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
at both lunches
JV Baseball at Westwood
6:30 PM
Tuesday, April 22
Boys Tennis at River Bluff
Boys Soccer at River Bluff
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
JV at 5:30
Varsity at 7
Girls Soccer at home v. River Bluff
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
JV 5:30
Varsity 7:30
Softball at home v. Flora
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
JV at 5:30
Varsity at 7:30
Varsity Baseball at home v. Flora
6:30 PM

From the Principal

Happy 75th Anniversary to Dreher High School!

Mission Statement

Our mission is to provide for all students a learning environment that enriches academic, vocational, artistic, and personal growth. We strive to ensure cooperation between the school and its diverse communities in order to optimize conditions for student achievement.

Dreher believes that:
  • Quality education is the core of a vibrant community.
  • Embracing diversity enriches a community.
  • Individuals learn in different ways and individual learning is the result of opportunity and effort.
  • Personal responsibility and accountability are essentials for a successful community.
  • Character matters; honesty, integrity, and mutual respect are vital, along with other positive character traits.
  • Students, teachers, staff, families, and community are partners in education.
  • Developing positive relationships and attitudes is critical to achieving excellence and attaining greater outcomes.
  • A safe and supportive environment, as well as a healthy lifestyle, is essential to the growth and success of all individuals.
  • Open effective communication is necessary for the success of a community. 
  • Change is a natural part of continuous growth and improvement.