A South Carolina principal has been chosen as the National Association of Secondary School Principals’ principal of the year.
As is customary practice for this award, Lucas Clamp, the principal of River Bluff High School in Lexington, S.C., was honored at a surprise pep rally at his school last week.
Lexington County has landed the honor for two consecutive years: Last year’s winner was Akil Ross, the principal of Chapin High School, which is in the same county but a different school district.
Clamp is the founding principal of River Bluff High, which allows students to make their own schedules and use independent learning time. The school has a project-based learning model and intensely prioritizes empowering students.
He has also worked to empower teachers and close the achievement gap in his school. After an intense focus on African-American students, their math and English/language arts test scores rose significantly, NASSP said.
A version of this article appeared in the October 31, 2018 edition of Education Week as South Carolina Leader Garners Honor as Nation’s Top Principal