Mission and History
The Governor's School for Science & Mathematics was founded in 1988 under the leadership of former Governor Carroll Campbell and Charles W. Coker, then-president of Sonoco Products Company.
GSSM seeks out and advances our state’s most talented and motivated students, offering a transforming education in science, mathematics, and engineering that cultivates joy in learning and builds the confidence to engage as ethical leaders with the world’s most significant issues.
When GSSM was established in 1988, the School resided on the campus of Coker College in Hartsville. In 2003, the School and its 128 students moved down the street to a new, state-of-the-art building capable of housing 288 students. In 2010, two new wings were added: the James Lucas Academic Center, featuring more than 18 classroom and laboratory facilities, and the Gerald Malloy Activity Center, which includes a gym, weight room, engineering projects center, fully-equipped kitchen, game room and space for students to relax. GSSM has consistently maintained the 10:1 student-teacher ratio, world class faculty and innovative curriculum during the expansion efforts. In 2015, the school reached maximum capacity of 288 students.
Envisioning the Future
In January 2018, the GSSM Board of Trustees approved a new strategic plan, which provides a blueprint for GSSM to reach and serve more students, provide more opportunities, and prepare more future leaders in the fields of science, mathematics and engineering for South Carolina. GSSM will be recognized as a national leader in K-12 science and mathematics education, known for developing students who are exceptionally well-prepared to engage in global issues as creative and ethical leaders.