Due to the overcrowding at Socastee High, and the growth and development in the South beach area, Horry County School officials decided to build a new high school in the Burgess area of the county. The county wanted to open South Strand High School but, a group of students, parents and community leaders formed a committee to select the school name (St. James High School), colors (Royal Blue, Carolina Blue, Silver), and mascot (Sharks).
St James High School opened to students in 2003. Our feeder schools include St James Elementary, Burgess Elementary, Seaside Elementary, St. James Intermediate & St. James Middle School. St. James opened with 700 students, which did not include a senior class. Now St. James is home to over 1,600 students. St. James offers 17 Advanced Placement classes along with a wide variety of honors classes, boasts 8 computer labs, a media center with over 14,000 books, a 682 seat auditorium, gymnasium, mini gym, and a weight room. Our campus has 3 lighted practice fields, 5,000 seat football/soccer stadium that also include a track with 8 lanes. We also have a softball field, baseball field, 4 tennis courts, and an on campus cross country course. Our boys golf team play at The International Club and our girls play at Blackmoor. In the spring of 2006, The Girls Softball Team entered the history books as they won the First State Championship for St. James High School. Since then we have added 4 state track champions, 2007, 2008, 2009, 4x400 Meter Relay and in 2009, Brunson Miller won the 400 Meters. In 2011, John VanSlooten won the 140 lb. Weight Class and added our first State Championship in Wrestling. In 2011 our Baseball Team made history by winning the State Championship. In 2012, John VanSlooten won the 145 lb. Weight Class and his second State Championship in Wrestling, Jamie Bolduc won the 220 lb. Weight Class, and Austin Brown won the 220 lb. Weight Class. In 2016 Michael Mewhorter the 145 lb. Weight Class. The Lady Sharks Golf Team won the AAA State Championship in 2015, then repeated in 2016 the year the school moved to AAAA. Smith Knaffle & Kelli Smith were named to the All State Golf Team in 2015, and Smith Knaffle and Adrian Anderson were name to the All State Team in 2016. Fall 2017 Casey Mitchell gave St. James it first gold metal in Swimming winning the 500 Freestyle. 2017 also saw the Lady Sharks Golf team do it again and became 3peat State Champions and Smith Knaffle went back to back in repeating as State Champion. Smith Knaffle and Jordan White were named to the All-State Team.
In 2016 The Winterguard and Winter Percussion won a State Championship. The St. James Fine Arts Department competes with the best in the state and our Bands, Chorus, Orchestra, Art, and Drama students, continually receive superior ratings and win state and national honors. In 2016, St. James boasts over 25 student organizations, 10 boy sports, 12 girl sports, marching band and JROTC.
In the fall of 2014, All 9th-12th grade Horry County Schools’ students were issued Dell Venue tablets thru the 1:1 Personalized Digital Learning (PDL) Initiative. This initiative has assisted in creating “Technology rich” classrooms at St. James.
St James continually receives Palmetto Gold awards and carries an excellent rating per South Carolina Department of Education. In March 2016, St. James Won the Palmetto’s Finest Award. The SC Association of School Administrators (SCASA) presents the award each year to schools which offer the best in innovative, effective educational programs. The application process includes elements on student achievement, instructional programs, professional learning communities, and school culture. The selection process includes a comprehensive review of a school's program, focusing on the key question: "What impact is this school making on the lives of students and the community, and is it deserving of the Palmetto's Finest Award?" The Palmetto’s Finest Award is one of the most coveted and respected awards among educators.
We are located on Hwy 707 West of 17 in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina approximately 6 miles from the Atlantic Ocean.
St James High School
A diverse and mutually respectful community with the common goal of empowering students to become lifelong learners prepared to excel in an evolving global society.
Every student will graduate from St James High School with the skills to attend college with No Remediation.
Providing a world-class learning experience for all students in an environment that nurtures positive interpersonal relationships and a strong sense of community identity.
Rigor is challenging students beyond their comfort zone to become lifelong learners in an environment where “I can’t is not accepted, I will is expected, and my success is celebrated.”
Engagement An investment of personal time, energy, and interest that actively seeks to spark our curiosity.
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