During the meeting on June 1, 2021, the Lexington County School District One Board of Trustees approved the promotion of Dr. Lucas “Luke” C. Clamp to secondary schools director. He replaces Dr. Thomas E. Rivers Jr., who was named the district’s chief technology and innovation officer.
With 19 years of educational experience, Clamp began his career as a chemistry and environmental science teacher and assistant football and baseball coach at Irmo High School in 2002. He became the dean of studies at Irmo High in 2004, where he developed a curriculum for incoming freshmen, a peer mentoring program, a peer tutoring center and schoolwide staff development.
Clamp joined Lexington County School District One in 2006 as assistant principal at Lexington High School.
He was promoted to principal in 2011 and led the opening of River Bluff High School in 2013. Clamp spent those two years collaboratively planning an innovative student-learning experience within a flexible modular instructional schedule. RBHS partnered with EL Education for the design of professional learning and student engagement.
Under Clamp’s leadership, RBHS earned the designation of South Carolina’s 2019 Palmetto’s Finest High School, awarded to the top high school in the state following an intense evaluation process. The South Carolina Department of Education also rated RBHS as a Palmetto Silver School. The school also received the EL Education Credential for excellence in character development and academic achievement in 2020.
In 2018, the South Carolina Association of School Administrators selected Clamp as the state’s Secondary Principal of the Year. In 2019, the National Association of Secondary School Principals named him National Principal of the Year.
Clamp received his bachelor’s degree in science from Clemson University and his master’s degree, educational specialist degree in educational administration, and doctorate in curriculum and instruction from the University of South Carolina. He holds certifications as a secondary science teacher, secondary principal and superintendent.
He completed training in the Lexington District One Executive Leadership Program and the S.C. Department of Education’s Aspiring Principals Program. He holds an endorsement for executive leadership from NASSP.
Clamp is a member of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, NASSP, SCASA, the Palmetto State Teachers Association, and the Rotary Club of Lexington.