Gaffney High School

Gaffney High School (GHS) is a public high school in Gaffney, South Carolina, United States. It is part of the Cherokee County School District.

Gaffney High School
Entrance in February 2006
149 Twin Lake Road


United States
Coordinates35°4′4″N 81°40′57″W / 35.06778°N 81.68250°W / 35.06778; -81.68250Coordinates: 35°4′4″N 81°40′57″W / 35.06778°N 81.68250°W / 35.06778; -81.68250
Other nameGHS
TypePublic high school
School districtCherokee County School District
NCES School ID450150000285[1]
PrincipalErik Gerstenacker
Teaching staff117.50 (on a FTE basis)[1]
Enrollment1,883 (2018-19)[1]
Student to teacher ratio16.03[1]
Color(s)Black and Gold   
NewspaperThe Indian Post
YearbookThe Cherokeean


The high school building was opened at its 65-acre (260,000 m2) campus in 2000 at a cost of $22 million. Faulty construction work led to the district suing the bonding company, architects and construction company. The district received a $10 million settlement, $6 million of it for replacing brickwork and $4 million for mediation and architectural fees.[2]

In March 2007, the school board approved a plan to construct a "9th Grade Academy"; a separate building connected to the high school with a covered walkway. The new building will be used by freshman students, who numbered about 600 in the 2006-2007 school year, for classes and meals. School officials said the new building should relieve overcrowding on the campus, opened in 2001 with a designed maximum capacity of 2,000 students but with a 2006-2007 enrollment of about 2,100.[3]

The school board also approved a new stadium for the school's Twin Lakes Road campus.[4] The new stadium would replace the William K. Brumbach stadium, known locally as "the Reservation" and located at the former Gaffney High School site on East Frederick Street that is now home to Gaffney Middle School.[5] On the home side of the current stadium, Gaffney's teams enter through a tunnel, described by the Spartanburg Herald-Journal as "a revered entrance for Gaffney teams."[6]

The projected minimum cost of the stadium was $7.2 million, and another $1.5 million may be spent to build a new field track, more parking and a team meeting room, if school officials are able to get the money from contingency funds or if construction costs elsewhere come in under budget, according to a consultant for the school district.[4]


Gaffney High School competes in the Class 5A Division of the South Carolina High School League.

State Championships

Football - 1927, 1928, 1929, 1931, 1934, 1960, 1961, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1985, 1992, 1997, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2012.

Baseball - 2009

Basketball - 1949, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2010, 2012.

Softball - 2009

Boys Golf - 2003, 2018.

Volleyball - 1982

Boys Cross Country - 1976

Track - Boys - Joe Craig - 2010(100M) Girls - Leah Fair - 2013(400M)

Wrestling - Trentonian Richburgh - 1999(171 lbs.) Thomas Mabry - 2013(160 lbs.) Zack Clary - 2013(106 lbs.) Zack Clary - 2014(113 lbs.)

Notable alumniEdit


  1. ^ a b c d "Search for Public Schools - Gaffney High (450150000285)". National Center for Education Statistics. Institute of Education Sciences. Retrieved October 17, 2020.
  2. ^ Spencer, Janet S. (January 24, 2007). "Masonry project at high school nearly over". Spartanburg Herald News.
  3. ^ Spencer, Janet S. (March 15, 2007). "Second 9th grade facility to be built in Gaffney". Spartanburg Herald-Journal. Retrieved April 1, 2007.
  4. ^ a b Spencer, Janet S. (March 14, 2007). "Construction of new Gaffney stadium approved". Spartanburg Herald-Journal. Retrieved April 1, 2007.
  5. ^ Spencer, Janet S. (January 10, 2007). "Cherokee trustees look to cut costs for new stadium". Spartanburg Herald-Journal. Retrieved April 1, 2007.
  6. ^ Spencer, Janet S. (December 21, 2006). "Duncan woman files complaint over stadium's handicap access". Spartanburg Herald-Journal. Retrieved April 1, 2007.

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