Former National Principal of the Year named CCSD Deputy Superintendent

April 30, 2024

After an extensive interview process, Charleston County School District (CCSD) announced the selection of Lucas “Luke” Clamp as Deputy Superintendent.

Dr. Clamp was chosen by an initial interview team that consisted largely of external panelists. Candidates in the initial round of interviews completed a writing sample, presented a blinded data presentation, and participated in a question/answer period. Once a finalist, Dr. Clamp interviewed with the Superintendent of Schools and then with the Superintendent’s Cabinet.

“Dr. Clamp is a data-driven, strategic educator whose efforts garner success for all students,” said Superintendent of Schools Anita Huggins.

Dr. Clamp, a native of Williston, SC, understands the challenges of poverty firsthand, having grown up attending a Title 1 school. As such, during his time in district leadership, Dr. Clamp has taken a particular interest in serving and supporting rural Title I schools. Astute at school turnaround, Dr. Clamp coaches school leaders, employing data-driven strategies supported by strong instructional practices while building a positive school culture. Together, Dr. Clamp and leadership teams have seen positive movement in school ratings and increased student achievement.

In 2011, Dr. Clamp was selected as the founding school principal of River Bluff High School, an innovative school with an Excellent rating shown to outperform
the district and state in nearly every metric. River Bluff boasts the designation of Palmetto’s Finest, earned in 2019 under his leadership. During Dr. Clamp’s tenure
at River Bluff, graduation rates increased by 15 points to over 95 % in ten years.

In 2018, Dr. Clamp was named the Secondary Principal of the Year by the South Carolina Association of School Administrators. He went on to earn national recognition as the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) National Principal of the Year in 2019.