The Copperheads have a leader; principal chosen for Fort Mill’s new high school

Dee Christopher
Dee Christopher Contributed photo

Dee Christopher has been named principal for the new Catawba Ridge High School.

Catawba Ridge, set to open in August 2019, is Fort Mill’s third high school. Christopher serves as principal of Fort Mill High School, and will start his new role on July 1, according to the school district.

“Dee is an outstanding principal and educator, he has a true passion for his student’s education and wellbeing,” said Superintendent Chuck Epps. “Opening a new high school is a large task. Dee’s experience and familiarity with our district’s culture will allow Catawba Ridge to make a seamless transition as the newest school in our district.”

The Fort Mill school board approved the name Catawba Ridge High School last year, after a contest and a long debate. Students, faculty and community members also helped choose copperheads as the school’s mascot.

The school will sit 1.5 miles from the Catawba River, on a site off Fort Mill Parkway.

Christopher holds a bachelor of art degree in history from Furman University, a master of education degree in school administration from The Citadel and an education specialist degree from the University of South Carolina. He has worked in education for 28 years, serving as a teacher, coach, assistant principal and principal.

Christopher has spent 12 of his 16 years as a high school principal in Fort Mill. He served in Lugoff before coming to the Fort Mill district.

Christopher has received multiple awards, and was named the South Carolina principal of the year in 2016.

The school district is starting its search for a new principal for Fort Mill High School immediately.

Amanda Harris: 803-329-4082