Mr. Michael Ames

Phone: 803-575-5400


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Mr. Michael Ames

Dear Eagle Family, 

On behalf of the faculty and staff, I have the honor and privilege of welcoming you to Chapin High School, home of the Eagles. We are proud of our school and its 96 year tradition of excellence. Our goal is to produce students who are exceptional problem solvers and contributors to a global society - students who are Ready, Responsible, and Respectful - prepared to continue their journeys beyond the halls of our school. The key to our success is the dedication and hard work of students, teachers, staff, parents, business partners and community members.

Chapin High School excels academically and has been recognized both at the state level (Excellent SC Report Rating) and nationally by US News and World Report. In 2014-2015, we were voted Palmetto’s Finest by SCASA for offering excellent instruction and outstanding leadership, augmented by strong family and community involvement and a supportive business community. The graduating class of 2019 was offered over 73 million dollars in scholarships, and over 55 million last year, with 83% of our students receiving state scholarship money. Twenty-nine students received the prestigious Palmetto Fellows, with one earning a National Merit Scholarship. Our Academic Leadership Academy provides an opportunity for our most dedicated students a honors, AP and dual credit curriculum along with leadership training to prepare them to compete for admission to top-ranked colleges and universities and become world leaders in their fields of study.

Our Fine Arts programs are no exception to excellence. The Pride of the Midlands Marching Band has won four state championships over the last twelve years, and under the new direction of Mr. Blake Fowler, continues to receive outstanding marks at both adjudicated and non-adjudicated events. Our Orchestra and Chorus both received Superior ratings for three consecutive years, while our dance team has brought home multiple National Championships.

Athletically, Chapin High School continues to excel, even after making the difficult transition to 5A. Student athletes have earned multiple state championships in cheer, wrestling and girls lacrosse. Our boys baseball team finished last year’s abbreviated season ranked number one in the state and eleventh nationally. In total, Chapin High School has collected 53 State titles. In addition to the state athletic titles, our NJROTC finished ranked first this year in South Carolina and second nationally. Over the past 20 years, they have never finished out of the top three in the national rankings.

The most exciting part of our family is our student body, who in 2020 won Student Body of the Year, locally through the State newspaper, and by Varsity Brands on a national level, the second time in three years they have received national recognition. Our Student Government was also recognized as one of the best in the country, receiving the National Gold Council of Excellence award by the National Student council Organization.

The possibilities at Chapin High are endless. I look forward to seeing you all and I thank you for being part of the Eagle family. 

As Always...
We aRe Ready to Learn
We aRe Respectful to Others
We aRe Responsible to Ourselves
We aRe a thousand passions with One Heartbeat!
We aRe Chapin! 

Michael Ames Principal