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Girls' Tennis Team Beats Carolina

(9/21/2018 / TRHS Webmaster)

Girls' Tennis Team

The Girls' Tennis team defeated Carolina 7-0 on Thursday in a home match. Addy Bonesso, Kayleigh Gardner, Charlotte Weikle, Caroline Harris, and Madison Clardy all won their singles matches. The #1 doubles team of Addy Bonesso and Abi McKibben and the #2 doubles team of Laura Belue and Gibson Wyatt also won their matches. It was the first career win for Caroline Harris and Madison Clardy in singles matches. It was also the first career win for the #2 doubles team of Belue and Wyatt. Brooke Sheriff also picked up first win in an exhibition match.

The ladies will travel to Berea on Monday and host Eastside on Wednesday next week.

Girls' Tennis vs Carolina Photo Gallery

Devildogs Tame the Tigers

(9/13/2018 / TRHS Webmaster)

Football vs Blue Ridge

The Devildogs wasted little time on Thursday night scoring in the first 63 seconds of the game. Jake Hall pulled in a pass from Wilson Hendricks and the Devildogs led 7-0. The defense got their chance to score with Ty Gary sacking the Tiger QB in the end zone for a safety with about three minutes left in the first quarter. Hendricks passed to Esaias Tucker for his second TD pass of the night and the Devildogs led 16-0.

Blue Ridge took advantage of Devildog penalties in the second quarter. A pass interference penalty gave the Tigers a first down on a 4th down play and they scored soon after and cut the lead to 16-7. Deonte Byrd plowed through the middle of the line for a 3 yard touchdown run on the next Devildog series and the Devildogs led 23-7. Hendricks threw another pair of touchdown passes in the quarter with Hall getting his second TD of the night and Derrick Fields making a nice catch over the top of Tiger defenders in the closing seconds of the half. The Devildogs led 37-0 at halftime.

The Devildogs extended their lead to 44-7 in the third quarter as Corbin Baker ran for a score. Blue Ridge picked up their second touchdown with a little less than five minutes left in the third quarter and missed the extra point. Neither team scored in the final quarter and the Devildogs improved to 5-0 with the 44-13 win. They will have next week off before returning home to open region play against Eastside on September 28th. Homecoming ceremonies will take place before the game.

Varsity Football at Blue Ridge 1st Half Photo Gallery

Varsity Football at Blue Ridge 2nd Half Photo Gallery

Simms Named National Merit Semifinalist

(9/12/2018 / TRHS Webmaster)

Miss SimmsCongratulations to senior Kylie Simms for being named as one of approximately 16,000 2019 National Merit Semifinalists. Semifinalists are academically talented high school seniors and they have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships that will be offered next spring. The National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) is a not-for-profit organization that was established in 1955 specifically to conduct the National Merit Scholarship Program. The goal of the organization is to honor the nation's scholastic champions and encourage the pursuit of academic excellence.

Congratulations, Kylie!

Schedule Changes Due to Hurricane Florence

(9/12/2018 / GCS Press Release)

[Please see the calendar for specific schedule changes in response to the District Press Release copied below.]

Greenville County Schools will make the following schedule changes because of predicted tropical storm force winds associated with Hurricane Florence.

  • All sub-varsity athletic events will be cancelled or played tonight, Wednesday, September 12.
  • All varsity athletic events, in and out of district, will be held on Thursday evening with a preferred start time of 6:30pm, but no later than 7pm.
  • After school events planned for Friday will be permitted, but must conclude by 7pm.

Weekend events including a districtwide high school band exhibition and athletic tournaments are cancelled.

These decisions were made based on the 11am hurricane update provided by the national weather service that predicts the earliest possible arrival of strong winds at 8pm Friday. State regulations prohibit the operation of school buses with 30mph sustained winds and/or 45mph gusting winds. We will be monitoring wind speed and could make adjustments to this schedule.

Greenville County Schools will continue to track the storm and stay in constant communication with emergency preparedness officials, but at this time we see nothing in the forecast for Thursday and Friday that would cause us to cancel school. Parents who have concerns about the safety of their children always have the authority to keep them at home.

Devildogs Are 4-0!

(9/7/2018 / TRHS Webmaster)

Football vs Pickens

For the first time since 1967 the Devildog football team has won their first four games of the season. The Pickens Blue Flame gave the Devildogs their toughest test of the season but Deonte Byrd's touchdown with just under five minutes left in the game gave the Devildogs the 20-19 lead. The defense held and the Devildogs managed to stay perfect after four games.

After outscoring their opponents 147-14 in the first three games the Devildogs expected a tougher game on the road at Pickens despite their 1-2 record. The Blue Flame defense stopped Travelers Rest on the first series and drove down the field but were forced to punt themselves. On their second offensive series Wilson Hendricks passed to Derrick Fields on the first play for an 82 yard TD pass. The Devildogs led 7-0 and the score remained the same going into the second quarter. Pickens put together a long drive wearing down the Devildog defense and scored to tie the game. After the kickoff Pickens was called for targeting and the Devildogs were across midfield. A Blue Flame defender picked off a pass and their QB threw his first pass for a 24 yard touchdown on the next play. Pickens took a 13-7 lead. The Devildogs put together a drive but came up just short on a fourth and six play giving Pickens the ball on the 19. They ran the clock down and were able to stop Fields on a punt return on the final play of the half.

In the second half, Hendricks scored on a 42 yard QB keeper and the Devildogs regained the lead 14-13. Pickens scored on a 68 yard pass in the final quarter and led 19-14. Byrd picked up his first score of the night and the Devildogs held on for the huge 20-19 win.

The Devildogs will try to stay perfect next week as they host rival Blue Ridge in a non-region game. They will travel to Blue Ridge later in the season as well for a region game. We hope that everyone will come out and support the Devildogs next Friday night.

Varsity Football at Pickens Photo Gallery

Class of 2022 Holds Assembly

(9/6/2018 / TRHS Webmaster)

Freshman Banner

The Class of 2022 gathered on Thursday afternoon for an assembly. Mr. Laye, the Assistant Principal of the freshman class, and Ms. King, one of the TRHS counselors, spoke with the students. At the end of the assembly the students pledged to graduate in four years and signed a banner which will hang in the Freshman Academy hallway.

Freshman Assembly Photo Gallery

Devildogs Swat Hornets

(8/31/2018 / TRHS Webmaster)

Devildogs vs Hornets

The Devildogs hosted Ware Shoals on Friday night. The Hornets took the opening kickoff and put together a drive that saw them move inside the five yard line. On 4th and 3 the Devildogs were called for pass interference but Ware Shoals still faced a 4th and 1 and the Devildogs stopped them short and took over on downs. The Devildogs ended up scoring three times in the final 2:09 of the first quarter. The first score was set up after the Devildogs recovered a fumble inside the 10 yard line. Deonte Byrd ran for a touchdown from the 9 yard line for the first score. Ware Shoals fumbled on the ensuing kickoff and Brooks Russ-Martin recovered giving the Devildogs the ball on the 28 yard line. Wilson Hendricks kept the ball on the next play and scored from the 28 and then completed a pass to Fields to give the Devildogs a 14-0 lead. The Hornets were forced to punt on their next series and Fields took the punt around midfield and returned it for a touchdown. With 4 seconds left in the quarter the Devildogs led 21-0.

Fields scored his second touchdown on the Devildogs' next series with a 67 yard run and the Devildogs led 28-0 with 9 minutes left in the half. Jake Hall pulled in a pass on the next Devildog series and scored on the 56 yard play. Byrd had a 30 yard touchdown run with 43 seconds left in the half and the Devildogs led 42-0 at the half.

The Travelers Rest Youth Association participants were recognized at halftime of the game. The Devildogs received the opening kickoff of the second half and after a few plays were again in scoring range. A Ware Shoals player was injured and the second half was shortened. Byrd scored on the next play once play resumed giving the Devildogs a 49-0 lead. Ware Shoals ran out the clock in the final minutes and the Devildogs moved to 3-0 on the season, the first 3-0 start since 2015. The JV team will host Pickens next Thursday and the varsity team will travel to Pickens.

Varsity Football vs Ware Shoals Pregame and 1st Half Photo Gallery

Varsity Football vs Ware Shoals Halftime and 2nd Half Photo Gallery

Open House 2018

(8/27/2018 / TRHS Webmaster)

Open House Presentation

After a successful first week of classes, parents were invited to the Fall Open House on Monday night. The evening started with a PTSA meeting in which Mrs. Laurie Tankersley was awarded the Kay Wilder Volunteer of the Year Award. Mr. Cory Satterfield accepted the second annual Business Partner of the Year Award which was given to Shortfields Restaurant. Following the meeting parents were able to visit with faculty members in their rooms.

Devildogs Shut Out Trojans 63-0

(8/24/2018 / TRHS Webmaster)

Football vs Carolina

Given the final score it may seem a bit odd to say that the Devildogs got off to a slow start in their home opener. Travelers Rest had their only win against Carolina last year winning 26-6 in a game where they moved the ball well but turnovers and mistakes halted drives. This year the first quarter looked a lot like last year's game. The Devildogs had a turnover free outing last week against Riverside but fumbled in the first quarter against Carolina. The quarter ended with neither team able to score.

The Devildog offense found its footing in the second quarter with Deonte Byrd scoring the first of his three touchdowns in the opening minute of the quarter to give the home team a 7-0 lead. On Carolina's next drive Cam Henderson picked off a pass at midfield and took it in for a score with 9:52 left in the half. The kick was good and the Devildogs led 14-0. On their next two possession Hendricks passed to Fields for a 45 yard touchdown and to Tucker for a 61 yard touchdown on 3rd and 13. The Devildogs led 28-0 with 5:38 left in the first half. Byrd scored his second touchdown with a three yard run with 1:27 left in the half and the Devildogs led 35-0 at the half.

An option play from midfield to Jake Hall on the Devildogs' opening drive of the second half resulted in a touchdown in the first 34 seconds of the half and the Devildogs led 43-0. Byrd scored his third touchdown on a 43 yard run with 7:58 left in the third quarter. Backup QB Cam Henderson scored on a short run with 3:44 left in the third quarter giving the Devildogs a 56-0 lead. Taylor Tallman blocked a Carolina punt which was recovered by Patrick Clayton in the last two minutes of the third quarter. Henderson picked up his third touchdown on a 19 yard and the Devildogs led 63-0 with 18 seconds left in the quarter. Neither team scored in the final quarter with Brooks Russ-Martin intercepting a Carolina pass in the endzone to preserve the shut out.

In looking at records kept on the SC Football History website 63 points is the most the Devildogs have scored since a 67-0 win over Slater-Marietta in 1968. The Devildogs host Ware Shoals next week.

Fall Pep Rally Photo Gallery

Varsity Football vs Carolina Pregame and 1st Half Photo Gallery

Varsity Football vs Carolina Halftime and 2nd Half Photo Gallery

Welcome Back, Devildogs!

(8/20/2018 / TRHS Webmaster)

First Day Speakers

A new school year got off to a great start today at Travelers Rest High School. Students spent the morning getting yearbook photos made, receiving agendas and information, and enjoyed first day skits presented by the Student Council to call attention to school policies.

For the second year in a row an assembly was held for all students to preview the theme of the year. This year students were encouraged to strive for "Excellence Every Day." Students were asked to stand that were a part of athletic teams, extracurricular groups, and academic achievements. Student body President Chanlan Ann Kasa spoke to the students. TRHS Teacher of the Year and newly named GCS Teacher of the Year spoke to the students and read comments she had collected from her students on the meaning of Excellence. The final speaker of the day was Beth Brotherton, Director of Communications for Greenville County Schools. She encouraged the students to remember three things she had learned from her days with WYFF:

  • There are no more practice rounds.
  • Be present all the time.
  • Strive for Excellence despite difficulties you face.

The assembly ended with the students singing the Alma Mater before being dismissed.

First Day Skits Photo Galley

Photos from the First Day Assembly

Devildogs Win Opener on the Road

(8/17/2018 / TRHS Webmaster)

Football vs Riverside

The Devildogs traveled to Riverside to open their season. This is the third year to play Riverside in their opening game. The past two years the Devildogs played well but lost close games to the Warriors. This year the Devildogs scored in the first quarter with a 35 yard pass to Jake Hall to take a 7-0 lead. The Warriors scored in the second quarter to take an 8-7 lead. Derrick Fields took the ensuing kickoff and returned it for an apparent TD but the play was called back because of a holding penalty. The Devildogs put together a quick drive that resulted in Derrick Fields catching a 16 yard TD pass and then catching a pass for the 2 point conversion. This gave the Devildogs a 15-8 lead with a little over 8 minutes left in the half.

The Devildogs recovered another Riverside fumble and put together a drive with Deonte Byrd scoring from the 2 yard line with 2:44 left in the half to stretch the Devildog lead to 22-8. Riverside scored first in the third quarter with a 25 yard pass to cut the lead to 22-14. The Devidogs answered in the final quarter with a TD run of 22 yards by Deonte Byrd and a 35 yard TD run by Wilson Hendricks to give the Devildogs the convincing 35-14 win. This is their first opening game win since 2015.

The Devildogs will host Carolina next week at 7:30pm. Classes begin on Monday.

Varsity Football vs Riverside Photo Gallery

Chorus Receives Gift from Former Director

(8/17/2018 / TRHS Webmaster)

Mrs. Hunt-Fisher with Piano

The Travelers Rest H.S. Chorus got an big surprise this August in the form of a new piano. A Steinway & Sons design from their "Boston" line, the "baby" grand is the generous gift of long-time choral educator Patricia Hunt-Fisher, who served as chorus director at TRHS until 1995. Current choral director Peter Simms, himself a former student of Mrs. Hunt-Fisher, had this to say: "I am blown away by the generosity of this unexpected gift. I am honored that we have such caring community members that want to reinvest in Travelers Rest and in our young people."

Photos from the Delivery of the Piano

Smith Named GCS Teacher of the Year

(8/15/2018 / GCS Press Release)

Shelley Smith

Greenville County Schools Superintendent Dr. Burke Royster announced the selection of Shelley Smith, a social studies teacher at Travelers Rest High, the 2018-19 Greenville County Teacher of the Year. Also announced were first runner-up Rick Schwartz, Introduction to Manufacturing Teacher at Greer High; second runner-up Matthew Boone, 7th Grade English Language Arts Teacher at Northwood Middle; and third runner-up Reem Alnatour, Third Grade Teacher, Fork Shoals School.

Smith carries a quote by John Quincy Adams with her everywhere she goes. It reads, "To furnish the means of acquiring knowledge isÖthe greatest benefit that can be conferred upon mankind." Although she has only served the teaching profession for six years, Smith has made sharing knowledge a priority.

One of Smithís greatest contributions to teaching is her commitment to mentor future and first year teachers. "I am currently working as a Master Teacher with Clemson Universityís inaugural teacher residency program. I am actively working to revolutionize the student teaching experience with the hope of producing more qualified teachers, promoting higher teacher retention rates, and producing more confident, successful, and innovative teachers." Full story at the GCS Website

Welcome to the Class of 2022!

(8/9/2018 / TRHS Webmaster)

Freshmen Orientation

The TRHS Student Council held their annual "Dog Training" Freshmen Orientation on Thursday morning. Incoming Freshmen were able to tour the school, be treated to a pizza lunch, and learn more of what it means to be a Devildog. They also received their schedules and held elections for Student Council. Freshmen Student Council members are Tori Goldsmith (President), Chloe Henry (Vice-President), Emily Boudle (Secretary), Avery Arends and Taylor Smith (Representatives). Welcome to the Class of 2022!

Photos from Dog Training 2018

GCS to Host Games+ High School Athletics Kick Off

(7/12/2018 / GCS Press Release)

Game Plus Banner

Greenville County Schools is hosting its first annual gathering of GCS Athletic Directors, coaches, players and families to kick off the start of the 2018-2019 sports season. The event will be held at Bon Secours Wellness Arena on Thursday, July 26 starting at 6pm.

"Games+ Building a Better Graduate with Athletics" will celebrate the passion that high school sports ignites and spotlight the benefits of participation. Athletes donít just play games, they build friendships, leadership, commitment and character. Athletes are motivated to perform better academically. Last year GCS had 117 sports teams achieve a 4.0 GPA or better.

At 6pm doors will open for all players, parents and the public. The informational session is an opportunity for fans of all ages to connect with their favorite coaches and players for autographs, photos and sports talk.

The program will begin at 7pm with a welcome and introduction from GCS Director of Athletics Darryl Nance. Speakers include Craig Brown, owner of the Greenville Drive, Beth Paul, CEO of Bon Secours Wellness Arena, Sandi Morris, Greenville High graduate and Olympic high jump silver medalist and Dr. Greg Dale, Sports Psychologist at Duke University.

Join us to "tailgate" before the first practices on July 27.

Early Pickup of Schedules Information

(7/11/2018 / TRHS Webmaster)

Students wishing to receive a schedule prior to the start of school will be able to pick them up during the time slots listed below only. In order to receive schedules early students are required to pay their current class dues as well as any other debt(s) from past years. All textbooks from previous years must be turned in to receive schedules early.

  • Seniors on August 14th from 1pm until 3pm.
  • Juniors on August 15th from 9am until 11am.
  • Sophomores on August 15th from 1pm until 3pm.

Students will also be able to purchase parking permits during the Early Schedule Pick Up Times. Parking permits are $20. In order to purchase a parking permit, students must have completed the Alive at 25 course (NO EXCEPTIONS) as well as pay all current class dues and/or any past debt(s) from previous years.

We are excited to introduce online payment as an option for current class dues and Personalized Learning Device fees. These payments can be made using the School Store My School Bucks link on the right side of this webpage. This is a simple and easy way to pay and reduce the time spent waiting in line during early schedule pick up.

Personalized Learning Device (PLD) Fee. All TRHS students will be issued a Chromebook at the start of the 2018-2019 school year. Greenville County Schools requires that each student pay a fee in order to receive his/her PLD. Fees are based on the studentís lunch status at the end of the 2017-2018 school year. Fees are as follows:

  • Full Pay Students - $25.00
  • Reduced Lunch Students - $15.00
  • Free Lunch Students - $5.00