Hilton Head Island High wins sixth straight
state award for outstanding athletic programs
BEAUFORT – For the sixth consecutive year, Hilton Head Island High School has received top statewide honors for its athletic programs.
The Director’s Cup, an annual recognition bestowed by the South Carolina Athletic Administrators Association, honors the state’s top athletic programs in each high school classification. Hilton Head Island High has now won the Class AAA cup every year from 2011 through 2016, creating the longest winning streak in division history.
Twenty of Hilton Head Island High’s 22 varsity teams qualified for postseason play this school year. Teams won South Carolina state championships in volleyball, boys track, boys cross country and girls cross country. State runner-up teams were wrestling, girls soccer and girls swimming.
The school will receive a trophy and a banner to join its previous Director’s Cup honors.
“The best thing about the Director’s Cup is that it symbolizes a total team effort,” said Athletic Director Joe Monmonier. “Winning it requires an incredible commitment not only from a school’s student athletes and coaches, but also from its parents, administrators and support staff.”
Superintendent Jeff Moss called the school’s sixth straight Director’s Cup “amazing but not really surprising.”
“The fact that no one is surprised to see Hilton Head win a sixth straight cup tells you everything you need to know,” Moss said. “Year in and year out, Seahawk Nation has created an expectation of athletic and academic excellence, and the entire school community dedicates itself to living up to that expectation.”
Moss added that Hilton Head’s athletic success is especially noteworthy given that Beaufort County is one of only two South Carolina districts with a minimum 2.0 GPA requirement to participate in athletics and also one of only two districts with random drug testing of student athletes.
Other 2016 Director’s Cup winners were Wando High in Class AAAA (Charleston County School District), Bishop England High in Class AA (Charleston County private school) and St. Joseph’s Catholic School in Class A (Greenville County private school).