Career Pathways Magnet
Dr. Michael Lofton is the founding principal of Spring Hill High School. Spring Hill High School is an all choice all magnet public high school with five focus programs; Engineering, Entertainment, Entrepreneurial, Environmental Studies and Exercise Science. Now entering his sixth year as the leader of SHHS, he has led and supported the development of rigorous and innovative programs with a safe and nurturing environment that has resulted in his students being recognized for their academic achievements. Dr. Lofton has also received recognition for his work. He was named by Magnet Schools of America as the 2018 National Magnet School Principal of the Year. He was also named the 2019 South Carolina Secondary Principal of the Year by South Carolina Association of School Administrators.
Dr. Lofton is originally from Atlanta, Georgia. He attended Berry College in Rome, Georgia and received his undergraduate degree in Health and Physical Education and Athletic Training as well as a Masters in Secondary Education. He began his teaching career at North Cobb High School, where he taught physical education, health and outdoor education. Dr. Lofton also coached state champion cross country teams and track and field.
Dr. Lofton moved to South Carolina in 2002 for his wife, Fiona, to pursue her graduate studies. He joined the administrative team of Dutch Fork Middle School as an assistant principal. He remained there for eight years while earning a Masters Specialist and a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from the University of South Carolina. In 2010, Dr. Lofton was named principal of Chapin Middle School and led CMS for two years before being named principal of Spring Hill High School.
Dr. Lofton is an outdoor enthusiast and enjoys participating in outdoor activities with his wife and two daughters Madison and Kiersten. He is also a lifelong learner and avid studier of educational trends and issues.