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    A Palmetto's Finest High School

    A Flagship School of Promise

    361 Pisgah Church Rd. Columbia, SC 29203  (803) 714-2500

    Celebrating a Legacy of Excellence

    "Together We Can; Together We Will!" 


    Mission Statement: Richland County School District One

    We are Richland One, a leader in transforming lives through education, empowering all students to achieve their potential and dreams.

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    Summer Reading Lists

    World Geography Honors: 
    Summer Reading, click

    Honors World History:
    Summer Reading, click here

    AP US History Summer Reading List:
    1- "Ten Days That Unexpectedly Changed America" by Steven M. Gillon
    2- "The Supremes' Greatest Hits:  The 37 Supreme Court Cases That Most Directly Affect Your Life" by Michale G. Trachtman

    ELA Summer Reading:
    AP Language Arts, click
    AP Lit, click here
    CP, click here
    Honors, click here
    Summer Reading Verification Form, click here


    John Thomas, a senior at W. J. Keenan High School, successfully completed a one-credit course at George Mason University (GMU) in Fairfax, VA, held during the summer break. Thomas attended the Washington Journalism and Media Conference (WJMC) at the university July 13-18, 2014. He was a National Youth Correspondent, one of 250 students from all 50 states chosen to represent his school, community and state. Read more...

    W. J. Keenan High School


    The mission of W. J. Keenan High School is to provide engaging educational opportunities through a rigorous curriculum, cutting edge technology, and partnerships to extend to our diverse community and produce first class citizens who will contribute to the present and excel in the future.


    Amber Stone was named the top student in the state among the seven school districts participating in Accelerate, the new virtual engineering program taught in conjunction with the Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics (GSSM).


    Mathematic Resources for Parents and Students, click here.


    Gates Millennium Scholar




    Accelerate is being developed by the Governor's School for Science & Mathematics (GSSM) to cultivate the next generation of creative engineers and technical leaders by offering motivated high school students from across South Carolina an innovative and accelerated path toward college engineering degrees.

    Richland One school board adopts policy changes, hears update on engineering program at WJ Keenan HS! 

    THE SWORD AND SHIELD goes online! Click here to keep up with school news using the online edition of The Sword and Shield.
    The paper edition of The Sword and Shield is gone forever. The Raider community will be provided faster updates, frequent updates, color photos, more photos and better accuracy! But one thing hasn't changed--The Sword and Shield is still...
    The Voice of W.J. Keenan High School
    Check it out! Check it often!


    2014 - 2015 EMPLOYEES OF THE YEAR

    2014 Teacher of the Year
    2014 - 2015 Teacher of the Year

    2014 Classified Employee of the Year
    2014 - 2015 Classified Employee of the Year


    SEBCO Books Student Reviewer Program
    Three of Keenan's students (Tyson, Darius and Christian) have agreed to participate in the SEBCO Books Student Reviewer Program.
    Each student receives advanced copies of the latest titles from best-selling authors and popular fiction publishers to read. Once the student finishes reading the book, he submits a review that is published on SEBCO's website and the another book is sent. The students get to keep the books.
    here to read the reviews submitted by our students. The reviews are in alpha order by school name: WJ Keenan is the last school listed.

    Keenan now has a collection of eBooks that is accessible anywhere you have Internet access. Contact Ms. Boyd in the media center for the username and password.  
    Teachers:  eBooks can be viewed on your SMARTboard!

    Teen Center opens at Richland Library! Open to teens ages 12 - 18....Stop by and check out the new teen space with the newest technology.
    You have to see it!

    Are you looking for a good book to read? Working on a research paper? Have you ever wondered what books Keenan HS has in its media center? 


    Author James Patterson encourages kids to read on the Today Show

    High School Exit Exam Not Required to Receive Diploma Beginning with Class 2015 and Retroactive for Class 1990 Forward.  Click here for additional information.

    Please report all address and/or phone number changes to Nurse Bowman (803-714-2536) ASAP as it is imperative to have this information in case of an emergency!

    The Confidential Health Questionnaire for school year 2014-2015 is available in the Nurse's Corner under Quick Links.
    Please complete and return to Nurse Bowman by mail to: 361 Pisgah Church Rd, Columbia, SC 29203 or drop it off as early as August 4, 2014.

    Upcoming Events

    Wednesday, September 3
    5:00 PM

    Thursday, September 4
    JV Football vs. C A Johnson (Home)
    Location: W. J. Keenan High School
    Time: 6:30 P.M.
    Friday, September 5
    Varsity Football vs. C A Johnson (Home)
    Alumni Night
    Location: Bolden Stadium
    Time: 7:30 P.M.

    From the Principal

    Welcome  students, parents, teachers, and staff,
    It is my pleasure and honor to serve as your principal of   W.J.   Keenan High School.  Keenan has experienced success at many levels and in many areas over the years.  It is my goal to assist and support students, parents, teachers, and staff in a fashion that will allow us to best serve each student that walks the halls of Keenan every day.  I will work diligently to make certain Keenan is safe, orderly, and provides the best learning experience for our students.  I am excited and anticipate a successful school year that will be marked by success.
    W.J.   Keenan will continue to improve, utilizing a focused approach of school reform through further implementation of High Schools That Work (HSTW).  We will continue our focus on improving literacy across all grade levels, increase the rigor of instruction in all classes, provide support systems that allow all students to be successful and focused on providing the best instruction daily.  Keenan has experienced remarkable growth in the End of Course (EOCEP) tested areas of US History, Biology and English I.  In addition,   HSAP   scores in the areas of   ELA and math continue to increase.  The passage rate for math is 76.6%, ELA is 88.3% and the overall passage rate is 74.3%.  Although Keenan has seen growth in student achievement for EOCEP, HSAP, HSAPL and graduation rate.  Our absolute rating on our school report card for this year will remain average.  At Keenan we understand that we still have room for growth and this provides us the opportunity to be even more successful.
    Additionally, the academic and athletic programs at Keenan continue to improve and grow.  Our   JROTC   Raider Battalion is second to none in leadership and commitment to excellence.  Project REAL (Raider Engineering and Academic Success) and our agriculture program have a history of success and both are evolving to better prepare our students for careers in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and agricultural sciences.  The marching Raider Rubber band is large and in charge, ready for another successful year.  Athletically, our football and basketball teams are ready for another successful season.  Finally, our boys and girls basketball teams are hoping to regain the reign as the class AA state champions, and they are also preparing for another successful season.     
    Welcome back to the entire Raider Family and let's have a Great Year!  Working to make certain that -  EVERY STUDENT WILL SUCCEED!
             Alvin D. Pressley, Principal
    "Together We Can; Together We Will!"