David Crockett High School
|David Crockett High School|
|684 Old State Route 34
Jonesborough, Tennessee, U.S.A.
|School district||Washington County|
|Principal||Andrew D. Hare|
|Grades||9 - 12|
|Website||David Crockett High School|
David Crockett High School is located in Jonesborough, Tennessee. It is one of two high schools in the Washington County, Tennessee School System and serves the southern part of the county. The first graduating class was awarded diplomas in 1972. Enrollment as of 2005 was over 1,200 students. Students start from five elementary/middle schools: Jonesborough Elementary and Middle, West View, Lamar, Grandview, and South Central. Its "rival" school is Daniel Boone High School, the other high school in Washington County, which serves the northern part of the county. The school colors are brown and old gold and the mascot is a Pioneer.
The school was named after the celebrated 19th-century American folk hero, frontiersman, soldier and politician; referred to as David (Davy) Crockett (August 17, 1786 – March 6, 1836)and often by the popular title "King of the Wild Frontier." His nickname was the stuff of legend, but in life he shunned the title "Davy" and referred to himself exclusively as "David."
In 2002, David Crockett High School welcomed a new principal, Henry Marable. When the school first opened, Marable taught and worked as a coach. Since then he has worked as the principal at area schools such as Jonesborough Middle School and Science Hill High School. As of the 2009-2010 school year Henry Marable is no longer the DCHS principal. He retired from a long career in education at the end of the 2008-2009 school year. Carmen Belcher Bryant, who had previously been an assistant principal at the school succeeded Mr. Marable as principal of David Crockett High School. In the 2011-2012 school year Andrew Hare became the school's principal. Previously, he was a vice principal, history teacher, and coach at DCHS.
David Crockett boasts an Advanced Placement program offering classes in language and composition, literature, United States history, probability and statistics, and calculus. In keeping with the rich agricultural tradition of the area, the school boasts highly awarded programs in agriculture, a working farm with live animals, and a greenhouse. There is a weather station on campus as well as solar panels. Skills training is also available for students in fields as diverse as healthcare and auto-mechanics. In many cases certificates can be earned prior to graduation. The school places a high value on well rounded education offering courses in Art, Music, and Physical education beyond what is required by law.
Each year David Crockett plays Daniel Boone in football. The game referred to as the "Musket Bowl" was first played in 1971 when the two new consolidated high schools opened their doors and David Crockett High defeated Daniel Boone High by a score of 72-0. The next week, David Crockett was ranked No. 1 in the state by Litratings, a difference-by-scores system. Since then, the Daniel Boone Trailblazers have dominated the series and holds a 26-11 edge (as of 2007) over the David Crockett Pioneers, winning the last five games. The game took on glamour when it was played annually in Mini-Dome at East Tennessee State University (ETSU). Today the Musket Bowl in held at Daniel Boone and David Crockett High Schools, rotating the event each year. The winning team is presented with a “musket.” If that team wins three years consecutively, they keep the musket and a new one is purchased for the next season’s game. It's the “Battle of Washington County…the Pioneers vs. the Trailblazers.” Recently a series called "The Kings of The Nolichucky" has pitted the football team from David Crockett against nearby Chuckey Doak and Unicoi County High Schools whose service areas also border the Nolachuckey River. David Crockett is undefeated in the series and holds the title "Kings of the Nolichucky" as of 2013/2014.
Notable graduates of David Crockett High School include:
- Gary Rose class of 1979, Decathlon State Champion (Boys Track - 1979)
- Brad Kyker class of 1999, Class AAA Shot Put State Champion (Boys Track - 1999)
- Amy Colley class of 2002, former Miss Tennessee USA
- Trey Hensley class of 2008, Country Music Recording Artist