Heads of School

Hammond School

854 Galway Lane

Columbia, SC, SC 29209

Phone: 803.776.0295

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Andy North

All independent schools essentially share the same DNA. They share a commitment to the individual student, nurture intellectual curiosity, encourage critical thinking, and instill a desire for lifelong learning. What differentiates the experience that independent schools offer is a direct result of the culture and mission of each individual school.
Andy North serves as Head of School at Hammond and is in his first year at the helm, having previously served as the school’s head of middle school. He is a product of independent schools and knows firsthand the impact a caring school community with a committed and engaged faculty can have on the individual student.
A Florence, South Carolina native, Andy is a graduate of Baylor School and received his undergraduate degree from Sewanee. He received a Master’s degree in Education Administration and Supervision from The University of Virginia and spent the next 11 years at Episcopal School of Acadiana where he served as upper school dean of students and later as upper school head.
To Andy, the Hammond family, and its sense of community, are as compelling as the educational philosophy of preparing students for successful futures. “When I initially visited Hammond, I was most impressed by the spirit of adventure I encountered that was so obviously blended with a forward-thinking philosophy of educating students. After spending time with families, students, and faculty, I came to realize that this is a very special school community. There is a heart about Hammond that keeps families connected and engaged long after graduation.”
In his role as Head of School, Andy seeks to blend his educational experiences with the Hammond culture of preparing students for college and beyond, while seeking to increase the school’s footprint by expanding the scope of its programs and its regional presence. “I am humbled and honored to be head of school at a place as special as Hammond. The hallmark of a great school is one that continuously strives to provide an unmatched educational experience, and one that fosters world class academics, athletics, and arts programs, while developing community servants who will make a difference in our world.”
Andy and his wife, Becca, are the parents of Dansby (sixth grade) and Miller (second grade).