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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!" 


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    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.


    Richland One and Richland Two cancel
    school for remainder of the week

                            affecting Richland County, Richland County School
    In response to the unprecedented natural disaster District One and Richland School District Two have decided jointly to close schools for the remainder of this week.
    Officials from both districts have spent the last several days monitoring road conditions and following guidance provided by state and local officials. At this time, we have determined it is in the best interest of the safety of our students, parents, employees and community members to cancel school in both districts for Wednesday, Oct. 7; Thursday, Oct. 8; and Friday, Oct. 9, 2015. Dangerous travel conditions for our school buses and uncertain water services drive this decision.
    More than 50,000 students and 7,900 employees attend school or work in the two districts. Placing that number of individuals on the road during this time of recovery would place an undue burden on the county’s damaged infrastructure.
    Officials from the two districts remind individuals they will continue to provide updated information as necessary through their automated calling systems, on their websites and through the local media.

    Click here for information about Richland One's Digital Learning Environment (DLE) initiative including the DLE Handbook

    WJ Keenan High School achieves national STEM certification from the AdvancED Accreditation Commission and joins an elite group of high schools who have been awarded this honor. Read

    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.



    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!


    Congratulations to Mrs. Deidra Pompey, 2015-2016 Teacher of the Year (TOY) and to Mrs. Janet Nelums, 2015-2016 Classified Employee of the Year (CEOY)!

       Mrs. Deidra Pompey              
           2015-2016 TOY                     

        Mrs. Janet Nelums
          2015-2016 CEOY

    Congratulations Mrs. Bullington!
    Way to go...

    Congratulations to Mrs. Catherine Myers and Mrs. Sandra Williams for 25 years of service to the district. Mrs. Myers (pictured above) received her 25 year pin at the school board meeting on April 14, 2015.


    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!

    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? 


    Latest News and Events:
    Please click
    here for the latest postponements and cancellations

    A select group of JROTC cadets at Keenan HS proudly model the proper wear of the female Army JROTC cadet uniform. The Army is phasing out the Class A green uniform. History is being made at Keenan with students proudly transitioning to the new blue uniforms.

    From left to right:
    Karina Rickard, Shadaria Daniels, DaBryelle Jenkins, Lanesha Patrick, Meagan Young, DayzJohna Roberts, ShaQuita Carlos,Tonisha Hall, Diamonita Tyler, Brenda Carson

    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

    Tuesday, October 13
    8:00 AM - 2:00 PM

    Wednesday, October 14
    8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    All graduating students will participate in College Application Day.

    All 9th, 10th and 11th grade students will take the PSAT.
    Thursday, October 15
    Nine Weeks Exams
    8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    A Day - 2nd and 4th Blocks
    Friday, October 16
    Nine Weeks Exams
    8:00 AM - 3:15 PM
    B Day-1st and 3rd Blocks
    Monday, October 19
    45th DAY OF SCHOOL
    Nine Weeks Exams
    8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    A Day - 1st and 3rd Blocks
    Mon, Oct 19 - Wed, Oct 21
    8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    Tuesday, October 20
    Nine Weeks Exams
    8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    B Day - 2nd and 4th Blocks
    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    Wednesday, October 21
    8:00 AM - 8:30 AM
    Exam Make-Up Day
    8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    A Day 
    Thursday, October 22
    8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    Exam Make-Up Day
    8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    B Day
    HSTW Team Meetings
    1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    Friday, October 23
    8:00 AM - 3:30 PM

    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 Algebra I and US History.  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), ACCELERATE and our agriculture program have a history of success and each 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, basketball and track teams are ready for another successful season.  Our boys and girls track team will be defending several individual state titles.  While our girls and boys basketball teams 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!"