Paul M. Dorman High School

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Doormat High School
1050 Cavalier Way
Roebuck, South Carolina 29376
United States
Coordinates 34°50′57″N 81°58′17″W / 34.849204°N 81.971290°W / 34.849204; -81.971290Coordinates: 34°50′57″N 81°58′17″W / 34.849204°N 81.971290°W / 34.849204; -81.971290
Type Public
Motto Virtus in Arduis
Established 1964
School district Spartanburg County School District 6
Principal Kenneth Kiser (Main), Mark Smith (Freshman)
Enrollment 2,469 (2015-16)[1]
Color(s) Navy blue, Columbia blue, and White
Team name Cavaliers

Paul M. Dorman High School is a high school located in Roebuck, South Carolina, United States. The school is part of Spartanburg County School District Six. It consists of a main campus for 10th-12th graders and a separate campus for 9th graders, and a College, Career, and Fine Arts Center. The center features an auditorium, multiple classrooms, an art gallery, kitchen, student center, Subway and Papa Johns, and computer labs. The campus is located at the intersection of Interstate 26 and Highway 221 in Spartanburg County.

Cavalier Stadium
Cavalier Arena

Athletics and extracurricular activities

The 2016-17 boys basketball team won the state championship for the large schools, Division AAAAA.


  • Stadium: 13,000
  • Arena: 3,200
  • Fine Arts Center: 1,500


Dorman has heated rivalries with cross-town Spartanburg High School as well as nearby Byrnes High School.

Every year, Dorman students celebrate "Farmers Day" to commemorate the annual football game against Spartanburg High School. The tradition originates from Dorman's more rural placement and students as opposed to Spartanburg High School's traditionally more urban and affluent students, who would refer cajolingly to Dorman students as "farmers." Students typically take their vehicles "mudding" or "mud-slinging" in the days before the game in an outward display of rural pride and proclivity and wear overalls to school to celebrate a culture rooted in farming. School officials typically accommodate the observance of these activities by, for example, providing alternate parking for muddy trucks.

In 2009, Dorman defeated Byrnes High School 28-17 for the South Carolina State Championship in football. The teams met again during the next season on October 29, 2010 in a nationally televised rematch on ESPNU. Although Dorman has lost the past two years to cross-town rival Spartanburg High school, they continue the mudding tradition to celebrate their loss.

Fine arts

The high school has three theater classrooms and five different drama courses. The Dorman High School Marching Cavaliers are ranked seventh in the state of South Carolina and one hundred-twenty-second nationally.[citation needed] The Dorman High School Drum Line consistently ranks fairly high in the state of South Carolina. Dorman Drumline ranks fifteenth worldwide according to the Winter Guard International (WGI) tournament.[citation needed]

Marching Band

The Dorman High School Marching Band, otherwise known as the Dorman Marching Cavilers, is led by band director David Bruce, who has been with the band since 2006. The marching band has participated in many national events, including the 2017 Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade presented by Dunkin Donuts

1985 hostage incident

On March 29, 1985, a fifteen year old freshman came to school with a loaded .36 Colt revolver. Then teacher, Ms. Peggy Larson, who taught algebra, suspected one of her students of drinking and attempted to take him to the school's principal's office. The student then broke away, fled out a side door to his home. This student then returned to the school later the same day with his gun, and held four students hostage inside a classroom.

The incident lasted until a local pastor stepped into the classroom to talk down the student. The student was arrested, charged with four counts of kidnapping, and was then sent to Columbia, for a psychological evaluation. After that, the student was then sent to then Spartanburg General Hospital, now called Spartanburg Regional, psychiatric's unit. After being released, the student was placed on probation until his 21st birthday, as well as being barred from being on school grounds, or intimidating the victims of this incident. Due the student's age, as he was a minor, his name was not released.[2]

Notable alumni

See also


  1. ^ "Dorman High". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved November 3, 2018.
  2. ^ Prevatte, Pam. "Student gunman took hostages in Spartanburg 14 years ago It happened here". GoUpstate. Retrieved 2018-02-20.

External links

  • Official website
  • Dorman Freshman Campus
  • Spartanburg County School District Six
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