November 28, 2021
We are very thankful this week following Thanksgiving in the School District of Pickens County. It started with our very own Pickens High School Blue Flame winning the 2021 Class AAAA State Volleyball Championship. Now, we congratulate the Daniel High School Lions football team on its upcoming South Carolina High School League AAA state finals appearance. Daniel High will face the Camden High Bulldogs at 2:00 pm on Friday, Dec. 3 in Columbia at the Benedict College, Charles W. Johnson Stadium.
We understand these opportunities do not necessarily come along that often. To make matters more challenging, when the South Carolina High School League (SCHSL) released the schedule for the 2021 football championships, the only contest occurring during the school day is the class AAA game. The game begins in Columbia at 2:00 pm on Friday, Dec. 3. Again, the SCHSL establishes the location and time, not the school districts. Every five years, the championship game for the A, AA, AAA, AAAA, AAAAA classifications rotate game times and one classification must play during the school day. This is AAA’s year for the 2:00 pm Friday game. The other games are Thursday night, Friday night, and Saturday.
Kershaw County, home of Camden High School, has announced Friday is an eLearning day for the entire school district and they are located very close to Benedict College. After discussing with our administrative team, we understand the staffing difficulties and transportation challenges that a mid-afternoon game in Columbia presents. Therefore, we have decided the best course of action is for the Daniel Attendance Zone to have early dismissal on Friday, December 3, 2021 (see schedules below).
We understand the challenges that this brings to some of our families while at the same time allowing those who wish to go and support the DHS Lions. We appreciate your understanding and continued support.
Schedule for FRIDAY, Dec. 3, for Daniel Area Schools (listed below)
Secondary Schools in Daniel Area:
Daniel High School 10:30 am
RC Edwards 10:45 am
Elementary Schools in Daniel Area:
Central Academy 11:30 am
Clemson Elementary 11:30 am
Six Mile Elementary 11:30 am
There will be NO afternoon 4K this day
There will be NO after school care at these elementary schools this day
There will be a bag lunch available for all students at these Daniel area locations on Friday prior to dismissal.
Details for the AAA Football Championship:
AAA State Football Championship
General Info: Please review the general info concerning the game at this link - 2021 Benedict GENERAL Info
Daniel High School will receive $2 for any ticket purchased between now and midnight on Dec. 1 by using the following link, https://gofan.co/app/events/471688. If tickets are purchased after Dec.1, then spectators will be directed to a different site on GoFan.com.
When: Friday, December 3, 2021 at 2:00 pm
Where: Benedict College, Charles W. Johnson Stadium, Columbia, SC
Parking: Parking is $10 per car. Cash only. Benedict STADIUM Map
Streaming Information: https://www.nfhsnetwork.com/associations/schsl/football
For more information, contact the Daniel High School Athletic Department (danielathletics.com) or The South Carolina High School League at https://schsl.org/archives/5204
- Daniel High will control how the football team, cheerleaders, and band participate and travel. This is no different than any other state championship for these groups.
The district will not sponsor a bus for student travel other than players, cheerleaders, and band.
Students throughout the district are allowed to attend and will be given excused absences with parent notes. This is parent discretion in the other three attendance areas.