Dr. James Spencer named the first principal of Philip Simmons High School
Dr. James A. Spencer has been named the first principal of Philip Simmons High School located off Clements Ferry Road. The Berkeley County School Board approved the appointment at its meeting on Tuesday, June 14. Dr. Spencer will begin his new assignment July 1 to prepare to open the school in August 2017.
“I am excited, honored, and humbled to be named the first principal of Philip Simmons High School,” said Dr. Spencer. “I look forward to working with the families, communities, and businesses in Cainhoy, Huger and Daniel Island to create an amazing school to serve our students and families.”
Dr. Spencer has served in the Berkeley County School District for the last 27 years. He was a science teacher at Berkeley High School for 10 years. Dr. Spencer then served as an assistant principal for three years, and as principal for two years at Hanahan High School. He moved to Stratford High School in 2004 and served as the principal for five years. During the last seven years, Dr. Spencer has been the principal of Marrington Middle School of the Arts.
“Dr. Spencer brings to this new assignment a strong track record of student success, leadership, team building skills and expertise in science and the arts,” said BCSD Superintendent Brenda Blackburn. “While serving as principal at Marrington Middle School of the Arts, the school earned distinction as a National Blue Ribbon School. He successfully led Hanahan High and Marrington through major construction projects while maintaining high levels of student success. He is a great fit for the new Philip Simmons High School.”
Philip Simmons High school is scheduled to open in August 2017.