What it means to be a Cyclone.

Porter-Gaud boasts a robust athletics program with nearly 60 teams competing in 30 sports at the Middle School, junior varsity, and varsity levels. Over 80% of Middle and Upper School students participate in interscholastic athletics, making it an essential part of the Cyclone experience.

As Cyclones, students embrace the privilege that comes with high levels of expectation and commitment. When teammates and coaches set ambitious goals and support each other, it motivates and inspires our athletes to reach their full potential.

Our student-athletes also contribute to our campus and community beyond athletics. By developing strong-minded, determined, and compassionate young people, we cultivate well-rounded students who embody faith, honor, and knowledge.

Go Cyclones!

At Porter-Gaud, our student-athletes have the opportunity to discover and pursue their passions, whether that’s throwing the javelin, swimming on a relay team, or scoring goals on the lacrosse field. With a wide variety of sports and levels of competition to choose from, our athletic program is designed to give students a wealth of options where they can hone their skills, build resilience, and develop leadership abilities that last a lifetime.



The Program

Athletics have been a vital part of school life since the merger of Porter Military Academy, The Gaud School, and the Watt School in 1964. The Cyclones compete in SCISA (South Carolina Independent Schools Association). Since 1975, our teams have won over 150 state championships, establishing a legacy of high-caliber athletics that encourages positive sportsmanship, fosters team camaraderie, and builds school unity. 

Athletic Mission

Our athletics program serves to support the school’s mission to inspire lives of purpose, learning, and service. 

Through this holistic approach, we develop scholar-athletes who are not only skilled competitors but also individuals of strong character. The pursuit of excellence is rooted in doing the right things, in the right ways, for the right reasons. 



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