I graduated from Wade Hampton a few years back, well before the new buildings were built, and it wasn't that attractive then either. But the school was great and almost all my experiences were good. I didn't have a bad teacher and some were outstanding. The administration was OK - no complaints.
WHHS gets high marks academically under Newsweek magazine's rating system. They list Wade Hampton as one of the top 5% in the country. Actually in the top 3%. There are 16 SC schools on the list. Wade Hampton is 7th in the state. Five of the sixteen are in Greenville Co. Southside, Mauldin, Governor's School, WHHS, and J.L.Mann.
Woodmont HS is also on the list.
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