The National Association of Secondary School Principals announced three finalists for its 2019 National Principal of the Year award, among them River Bluff High’s Lucas C. Clamp, ED.D.
A member of Lexington School District One since 2006, Clamp joined Lexington High in 2006 as assistant principal, later becoming the founding leader of River Bluff High in 2011.
Clamp spent two years planning innovative high school learning within a Flexible Modular instructional schedule and partnering with EL Education for the learning design, before opening RBHS in 2013. A fellow educator says he “fosters a culture that stems from a unique desire to connect with each student,” while one student stated that Clamp “maintains a warm and secure climate in which both students and staff are held to high standards.”
Results reflect Clamp’s impact at RBHS. His commitment to closing the achievement gap with African-American students prompted teachers to provide unique, differentiated learning experiences and intervention. During a 3-year span, scores increased from 42.9 percent to 68.6 percent in English language arts and grew from 65.8 percent to 87.9 percent in mathematics. The overall graduation rate also increased to 94.1 percent.
Supporting teachers is also one of Clamp’s top priorities. He facilitates teacher collaboration by working with lead teachers and RBHS’s scheduling team to ensure that teachers have one hour of collaborative planning time built into their schedules for every course that two or more teachers teach.
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 — Smaller Learning Communities at Irmo High in 2004 where he developed curriculum for incoming freshmen, a Peer Mentoring Program, Peer Tutoring Center and school-wide staff development.
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.
A graduate of the South Carolina Department of Education Assistant Principals Program for Leadership Excellence and SCDOE Developing Aspiring Principals Program, Clamp holds International Baccalaureate Level 1 Certification in Science and Theory of Knowledge and completed Southern Regional Education Board training in School Culture.
The NASSP will announce the 2019 National Principal of the Year in October during National Principals Month.