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A Message from the Principal

vwhaley3 Welcome students, parents, teachers, and staff!

W.J. Keenan High School is an educational institution of exemplary standards, strong tradition, and diverse opportunities. As a community, it is our responsibility to insure students benefit from a wealth of resources and grow into productive citizens who can compete in a global society.


Our vision is to create a nationally known high school that is highly regarded for its academic excellence, leadership in cutting edge technology, science, environmental, and career based programs. A high school that builds strong relationships with all stakeholders and continues a culture where the expectation is to lead, set the example, and raise standards for all to follow.


With energy and enthusiasm, as your principal, I welcome you to our 2018-2019 school year. I look forward to working with you and your children in our partnership to provide the best education for all students. As a team, we are focusing on three things.


  • Building strong relationships
  • Academic and educational opportunities
  • High expectations for all


Our key word this year is Consistency!


At W.J. Keenan High School, we pride ourselves on what we have accomplished and will continue to achieve. This includes a competitive robotics team, Project REAL (Raider Engineering and Academic Leadership), Agricultural Science and Clean Energy, Trout in the Classroom, the PACE Solar Panel Project, a championship sports program, a renowned music department, and national STEM accreditation from AdvancedED. In addition, we look forward to launching our magnet program and establishing South Carolina’s first Leader In Me High School.


We will increase high stakes tests such as EOC, ACT, SAT, AP, and WorkKeys, as well as improve our graduation rate. Through our new Raider Watch Program, we will monitor the academic progress of all students every two weeks and employ interventions for improvements.


We are truly excited about what the future holds for W.J. Keenan High School. Our intention is to work with community stakeholders and build on an established culture of greatness and a winning mindset in all areas.


We are W.J. Keenan High School, Home of the Champion Raiders!


Vondre’ T. Whaley