Bishop Byrne High School

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Bishop Byrne High School
1475 East Shelby Drive
Memphis, Tennessee, (Shelby County), 38116
United States
Coordinates 35°1′8″N 90°0′55″W / 35.01889°N 90.01528°W / 35.01889; -90.01528Coordinates: 35°1′8″N 90°0′55″W / 35.01889°N 90.01528°W / 35.01889; -90.01528
Type Private, Coeducational, university-preparatory school
Motto Fiat Lux Veritatis
(Let there be the light of truth.)
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Established 1965
Status Closed
Closed 2013
School code 431-480
Grades 712
Color(s) Red, Black and White             
Athletics conference TSSAA
Mascot Red Knight
Accreditation Southern Association of Colleges and Schools[1]

Bishop Byrne High School was a private, Roman Catholic high school in Memphis, Tennessee. It was located in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Memphis.


Bishop Byrne was established in 1965 to serve students in the South Memphis area. It was named for Bishop Thomas Sebastian Byrne, Bishop of the Nashville Diocese in the early 20th century.[2] Bishop Byrne students came from a large area across Tennessee, Mississippi and Arkansas. The mascot for the school was the Red Knight. Bishop Byrne was also the alma mater of Archbishop J. Peter Sartain.


On January 24, 2013 Roman Catholic Bishop J. Terry Steib of the Diocese of Memphis announced that Bishop Byrne High would close at the end of the spring semester. The school had experienced declining enrollment in recent years and higher maintenance costs than Memphis Catholic High School.[3] Influence1, a private charter school foundation, purchased the former Bishop Byrne property from the Catholic Diocese of Memphis and planned to open three charter schools at the location.[4]


Bishop Byrne competed in Division 2, Region A of the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association (TSSAA) along with:

Alumni Association[edit]

The Bishop Byrne Alumni Association provides opportunity and purpose for former students to come together socially and in support of their alma mater, maintaining meaningful relationships, and sharing fun and friendships. Alums from our first graduating class in 1966 through recent graduates have reconnected with their school and each other, sharing memories of common beginnings and building a future for those that will follow. Today we benefit from the involvement of alumni in a number of ways, including those serving on our Board of Directors (Board of Limited Jurisdiction), joining school committees, helping with athletics and sporting events, lending professional services, and returning as guest speakers for career days and school assemblies.

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