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James F. Byrnes High School is located in Duncan, South Carolina. The James F. Byrnes Freshman Academy is situated at the former location of D. R. Hill Middle School.

James F. Byrnes High School
JFBHS logo.jpg
150 East Main Street


Coordinates34°56′2″N 82°7′39″W / 34.93389°N 82.12750°W / 34.93389; -82.12750Coordinates: 34°56′2″N 82°7′39″W / 34.93389°N 82.12750°W / 34.93389; -82.12750
School typePublic, Secondary
MottoDiscere est Vincere
(To learn is to conquer.)
School districtSpartanburg County School District 5
SuperintendentScott Turner
CEEB code410670
PrincipalTodd Hardy
Enrollment1,761 (2016-17)[1]
Student to teacher ratio17:1
Color(s)         Blue and Gray
NewspaperThe Spotlight



James F. Byrnes High School was built in 1955 at a cost of $1,000,000. The school was named after James F. Byrnes, the most distinguished South Carolinian of his time. He served in the U.S. House of Representatives, the U.S. Senate, was a U.S. Supreme Court Justice, Director of War Mobilization during World War II, U.S. Secretary of State under President Harry Truman and completed his political career as Governor of South Carolina 1951–1955. When the school was built there were 21 teachers and 500 students in grades 9–12. Perry Irby graduated in 1966, becoming the school's first African-American graduate. In 1969, the school officially integrated, moving all the African-American students from Florence Chapel School to Byrnes. In 2007, the ninth grade moved to a separate facility.[2]

Extracurricular activitiesEdit


The Rebels have won a total of thirty-six state championships in all sports.[3]


The Byrnes High School football team has won 11 state championships in football, including four under Bobby Bentley.[3] The Rebel football team competes on Nixon Field, located behind J. F. Byrnes High School. The field is named in honor of D. M. Nixon. Mr. Nixon was a former superintendent of District Five Schools and served from 1956 until his retirement in 1965.[4]

In 2008 the Rebels began the season as the number one team in the country according to The USA Today newspaper and held that spot until a regular season loss dropped them in the polls. They regrouped and won their ninth state championship to finish that season. In 2009, Byrnes began the season as the No. 2 ranked team in the nation according to Also in 2009, the Rebels played the defending national champions, St. Thomas Aquinas High School of Fort Lauderdale, FL on October 2, 2009. St. Thomas Aquinas defeated Byrnes by a score of 42–34. Byrnes won their 11th state title in 2011.[5]


Introduced in 2016, Colonel Rhea Dobson started Marksmanship at Byrnes for AFJROTC.

State championshipsEdit

State Championships[3]
Season Sport Number of Championships Year
Fall Marching band 12 1983, 1988, 1994, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2006, 2016, 2018
Football 11 1976, 1982, 1986, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011
Cross Country, Boys 2 2000, 2001
Volleyball 4 1979, 1982, 1986, 2008
Winter Wrestling 1 1981
Basketball, Boys 3 1976, 1990, 2016
Basketball, Girls 4 1960, 1961, 1962, 1965
Spring Softball 2 1991, 2005, 2006, 2014, 2017
Total 39

Notable alumniEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "James F. Byrnes High". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved January 28, 2019.
  2. ^ "Our School". Archived from the original on September 27, 2008. Retrieved March 18, 2010.
  3. ^ a b c "Byrnes Athletic Website". Archived from the original on September 12, 2012. Retrieved March 18, 2010.
  4. ^ "Honored at Byrnes". Archived from the original on July 24, 2011. Retrieved March 18, 2010.
  5. ^ Cite error: The named reference rebels was invoked but never defined (see the help page).

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