Beech Senior High School

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Beech Senior High School
Hendersonville, Tennessee, United States
Type Public school
Established 1980
Principal Frank Cardwell
Number of students 1,461[1]
Campus Suburban / Rural
Color(s) Orange & Blue
Mascot Buccaneer

Beech Senior High School is one of the three high schools in Hendersonville, Tennessee. The school is located in the Shackle Island community on Long Hollow Pike, near the intersection of Shackle Island Road, Long Hollow Pike, and New Hope Road. The current school officially opened on August 27, 1980, under the direction of Mr. Merroll N. Hyde. In 1986, the first female principal in Sumner County, Mary Clouse, became the principal. Frank Cardwell became the principal in the 1999-2000 school year.

The school's mascot is the Buccaneer, which is frequently shortened to "Buc." The school colors are royal blue and orange.

A significant change occurred in the 2005-2006 school year when T.W. Hunter Middle School's new campus was completed. Beech relocated many of its ninth grade classes to the old T.W. Hunter building, now the high school's annex.

The school has a cross-town rivalry with Hendersonville High School. The HHS-BHS football game is usually a big event in the town of Hendersonville and many people from the city go to the game.

Beech softball holds four state titles. Beech is the 2009 and 2012 Class 5A State Football Champion.


Beech has an excellent football program with the head coach (Anthony Crabtree), defensive back coach (Kerry Jackson), linebackers coach (Keith Powell), running backs coach (Darrel Keen), defensive line coach (Ryan Harris), Quarterback coach (Patrick Duffer), Outside linebackers coach (Mark Romero), and receivers coach (Kyle Shipley).

Beech started off the 2000s with a six game win streak however, recently Beech has lost 3 straight to Hendersonville High School. Beech is currently trailing in the series 11-19. Beech was the 2009 Class 5A State Football Champion. Beech was the 2012 Class 5A State Football Champion going undefeated.


Classes at BHS follow either the Standard, Honors, or Advanced Placement level, excluding those in the Fine Arts and some other courses. The school has ACT, SAT, and Gateway test scores that are at or above state and national averages. The school has an 8/10 rating on[2] In the 2013-2014 academic year, Beech will become home to Sumner County's first International Baccalaureate program.

Clubs and activities[edit]

At Beech, there are many interests covered, providing a wide arrangement of activities students can pursue. Some of these include the BETA club, DECA, FBLA, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, FCCLA, FFA, HOSA, band, chorus, Visual Arts and Music for Society, NHS, NTHS, Noah's Promise/STARS, SkillsUSA, student council, yearbook, the Beech Scene newspaper, Interact, Mock Trial, Young Politicians, and Venture Crew among others.

Beech's marching band, the Beech Buccaneer Brigade, often ranks in high placement positions at tournaments.

Beech is notable for its DECA, FFA, Beta and Interact Clubs. Both the DECA and Beta Clubs are perenniel competitors and winners at the state and national level.