Dreher students take on the Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS on Wednesday, August 27

A dozen daring Dreher seniors were doused with ice-cold water at lunch in the Ice Bucket Challenge to raise money for ALS.   Dreher students contributed $620.17 to support their fellow classmates, and donations are still coming in.  

To read about the twelve lucky volunteers and the additional challenges they have called out, 

Dreher Swim Teams Take First Meet

Congratulations to the Dreher swim team!  Coached by Charlotte and Kelly Giese, the team defeated Blythewood at the first swim meet of the season: the girls by the score of 91 to 79 and the boys by the score of 117 to 52.  The next meet is September 10 at Brookland/Cayce.

To see how your favorite swimmer swam, 

Dreher students perform in Palmetto Richland video

Risk-taking is a natural part of adolescence. Palmetto Health Richland Trauma Program’s Project READY (Realistic Education About Dying Young) exposes teens to a Level I Trauma Center to deter them from risky behaviors that lead to disability or death.  
Dreher theatre students performed in the opening segment of a video, designed for Project READY.

Need your fix of Dreher gear?  Watch here for the opening of the one-week online Spirit Store coming in September.

ACT Composite Scores on the rise at Dreher:

The State Department of Education announced  2014 mean ACT scores for senior test takers. The mean composite score achieved by last year's seniors at Dreher was up 0.9 points from the previous year, averaging 20.9.  The ACT composite score is the average of four components: English, math, reading and science.  The mean for the State's public schools was 20.2.  

The SC Teaching Fellows Program will be accepting applications on line beginning September 1. The deadline is December 1.  A fellowship of up to $6000 per year at one of twelve participating colleges in South Carolina is available to successful applicants who intend to teach in SC public schools upon graduation from college.  

The State of South Carolina has abolished the HSAP, an exam previously required for graduation from High School.  In its place will be two assessments given to juniors, one a college and career readiness assessment (not yet selected) and the other an exam called WorkKeys that measures workforce skills.  
For more information about WorkKeys, click here.

Students who failed the South Carolina exit exam in the past may petition to receive their High School diploma. See the Richland District One website for details

Dreher Athletic Booster Club All-Sports passes are available now.  Complete the Membership form and write your check for a year's worth of Dreher home games and meets.

50th Reunion of Dreher Class of 1964

Saturday, October 4, 2014 at F
orest Lake Club, 340 Country Club Drive, Columbia, $70 per person (see invitation for details).

On or before September 15, contact:  Bennie Coleman Daughtry,,  Peggy Simms Linton, plinton46@gmail.comCaroline Grimball, or James Zeigler,

Would you like to share your home with a foreign exchange student?

Read more for two programs which are seeking host families for foreign exchange students.  


Honors and Awards

Dreher Grad Mikayla Cox earns full Marine Corps Scholarship

May graduate Mikayla Cox has been awarded a full US Marine Corps ROTC scholarship worth $180,000 to Spelman College. Mikayla's Senior Naval Science Instructor O'Shawn McClendon, himself a Marine, reports that besides demonstrating academic  (honor graduate) and leadership (Earl T. Ware award for the outstanding cadet at Dreher) credentials, Mikayla had to pass a Marine Corps Physical Fitness Test including a three-mile run, sit-ups and flex-arm hang. The Marine Corps awards very few of these scholarships, and Mikayla is a most worthy recipient.  

Dreher Theatre students Aidan Toumey, Taylor Goodwin, Alexandra (Xan) Dubose and Wesley Mousseau along with Theatre teacher Jeanette Arvay Beck, spent the last week of June along with 4000 high school students from across the country at the University of Nebraska.  

In competition, Xan and Taylor scored 295 out of 300 points with their musical duet from Rent. Aidan’s award-winning film, The Balloon, placed fifth nationally.  Both Xan's and Wesley’s auditions garnered them a total of 20 callbacks from college and professional programs across the country.   

Mr. Oddo was named "District Teacher of the Year" at a ceremony on May 8!

At a reception on May 6, Dreher's faculty and staff celebrated Teacher of the Year, 
Daniel Oddo and Employee of the Year, Teresa Thomas.  Mr. Oddo teaches math and Mrs. Thomas is Secretary to the Principal.  Both are well-liked and well-respected members of the Dreher family.  Congratulations, and thank you for all you do, Mrs. Thomas and Mr. Oddo.   

 To see Mrs. Thomas, Mr. Oddo and Mrs. Stiglbauer, 

Class of 2014 Rewarded for Hard Work

Many seniors in the class of 2014 received scholarships as a result of four years of hard work. 

For photos of some of these fantastic seniors,

Congratulations to Dreher's students and staff: 

Hard work has paid off with State recognition! 

For details on why we are so proud...

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, 

In the classroom of...

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.

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The Dreher PTO and the Dreher Foundation meet the fourth Monday of each month.

The PTO meets at 5:30 PM in the Principal's Conference Room.

The Foundation meets at 6:00 PM in the First Floor Conference Room.

All are welcome.

To see the daily announcements that appear on Dreher's closed-circuit TV, click here.

To view  past announcements, please click this link: Announcement Archive

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, September 3
Volleyball at Keenan
5:00 PM
JV at 5
Varsity at 6:30
Thursday, September 4
Spelman College visits campus
10:30 AM
sign up in Guidance
Varsity Tennis at home v. White Knoll
4:30 PM
Volleyball at BC
5:00 PM
JV at 5
Varsity at 6:30
Friday, September 5
Varsity Football at Airport
7:30 PM
Monday, September 8
Oglethorpe University visits campus
10:00 AM
Sign up in Guidance
Dreher Foundation Meeting
6:00 PM
in First Floor Conference Room

From the Principal

Set Goals. Reach our highest Potential.

For the 2014-2015 School Year our special emphasis will be on setting goals to reach our highest potential.

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.

The Alma Mater

In honor of Dreher's 75th Anniversary, the 2013-2014 Dreher chorus under the direction of N. Walter Graham has recorded the Alma Mater.  

Click here to be inspired.