|Colleton County High School|
150 Cougar Nation Dr.
Walterboro, South Carolina 29488
|Type||Public high school|
|School district||Colleton County School District|
|Color(s)||Navy and silver|
|Feeder schools||Colleton County Middle|
Colleton County High School (formerly Walterboro High School) is a public high school in Walterboro, South Carolina, United States. It is the only public high school in Colleton County and is one of the largest high schools by enrollment in the state, despite being located in a mostly rural county. It is a part of the Colleton County School District. The school is led by principal Maurice Cannon.
According to data released by the South Carolina Department of Education, Colleton County High School earned a "C" letter grade for the 2013-2014 school year under the standards of the ESEA/Federal Accountability System, meeting state department of education expectations.
Colleton County High School received an "average" score on the Absolute Rating and an "at risk" score on the Growth Rating metric on its 2014 annual state report card. In 2014, 84.0% of students passed the state-mandated High School Assessment Program (HSAP). The four-year graduation rate was 76.1% in 2014. The teacher retention rate was 84.2%. Based on 2014 financial data, the amount spent per student was $6,855.
In 2014, the average student-teacher ratio in core subjects was 26.2: 1. In total, 2.8% of students were enrolled in Advanced Placement courses and 6.0% of students were enrolled in career/technology courses.
The Colleton County High School Cougars compete in the Class AAAA Region 7 division of the South Carolina High School League.
CCHS students participate in wrestling, football, basketball, baseball, softball, golf, track, soccer, and tennis.
Band of Blue
The Colleton County Band Program consists of approximately 550 student musicians. The beginning band consists of 200 students, the middle school band consists of 100 students, and the 8th grade Junior Band consists of 75 bandsmen. The band program is a part of the curriculum and provides a foundation for the Colleton County High School Band. The Colleton County High School "Band of Blue"  consists of 200 bandsmen.
The "Band of Blue" has won the South Carolina State Marching Band Championships in 1982, 1986, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1995 and 1997. The band has performed for one presidential inaugural and four gubernatorial inaugurals. In 1994, the Band of Blue marched in the 105th Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California. In 2000, the Band of Blue marched in the 74th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. The Band of Blue was also featured in the 2008 and 2019 National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade in Washington, DC. Most recently, the Band of Blue marched in the 2010 Endymion Parade in New Orleans, Louisiana, behind Tom Benson, the parade marshal and owner of the New Orleans Saints and in front of the NFL team themselves.
The NJROTC unit at Colleton County High School began under the leadership of LCDR Charles E. Armentrout, US Navy (Ret.), in July 1993. There are three instructors; the other two are CWO3 Roger "Gunner" Williams, USMC (Ret.), and MNCS Richard "Senior Chief" Spofford, US Navy (Ret.). Gunner Williams is the author of a children's story entitled "Me Me & Me".
The Armed, Unarmed Drill Teams, Color Guard, and Orienteering teams compete in competitions. There are also academic, athletic, and rifle teams. The unit has a Military Ball and AMI (Annual Military Inspection). The Ball is usually held in the second semester and the AMI is in the first.
CCHS National Honor Society
The National Honor Society focuses on scholarship, leadership, service and character. In order to be accepted into the honor society, a student must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.7 or its equivalent. The student must have eight units in core academic courses at the CP or higher level.
Each student within the organization exemplifies the three characteristics through community involvement and charity.
The CCHS National Honor Society is overseen by Joshua Cable.
Activities by NHS to raise awareness in the community include Women's Health Day, Early Childhood Fall Festival, and Math Tutoring. The major highlights of each year include the Christmas Party for Unprivileged Children at The Department of Social Services, the Powder Puff Charity Football Game, and Teacher Appreciation Week. The Powder Puff Charity Football Game is a game in which girls play the role of football players, and guys become cheerleaders. The game is between the juniors and seniors of that year.
Directed by Stephanie Drawdy, the CCHS Chorus presents a Christmas Concert during the fall semester along with a trip to All State tryouts during the fall semester. The CCHS Chorus presents a musical during the spring semester. Past spring musicals include The Sound of Music, Seven Brides For Seven Brothers, My Fair Lady, Guys and Dolls, Annie Get Your Gun, Beauty and the Beast, The King and I, Grease and Footloose. In March 2010, the CCHS Singers chorus performed a Mozart piece at Carnegie Hall in New York City.
- Trevor Owens (T-Money)- famous rapper/entrepreneur, founding member of FZH Holdings
- Norman Hand - former football player for Walterboro High School, University of Mississippi; retired professional football player
- Alexis Manigo - Woman abducted as an infant and raised by kidnapper.
- Darwin Walker - former Walterboro High School, University of Tennessee retired professional football player
- "Colleton County High". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved December 8, 2018.
- http://bandofblue.bandlink.org/home.html Band of Blue
- https://web.archive.org/web/20091027094608/http://geocities.com/Pentagon/8784/main.html NJROTC
- http://cchsnhs.org/ Archived 2008-05-04 at the Wayback Machine NHS
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