Hillwood High School

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Hillwood High School
400 Davidson Rd.
Nashville, Tennessee
United States
Type Public high school
Motto "We are Hillwood!"
Established 1959
School district Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools
Principal Steve Chauncey
Grades 9-12
Number of students 1,399
Color(s) Kelly Green and White
Athletics conference TSSAA 5-5A
Mascot Hilltopper
Nickname Toppers

Hillwood Comprehensive High School is a public high school located in Nashville, Tennessee and is part of the Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) District. The school mascot is the Hilltopper and the school colors are kelly green, black and white. Hillwood was built in 1959.


Hillwood offers all levels of academics. Standard and honors level courses are available along with Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses. Hillwood became one of the first IB World Schools in Tennessee in February 2004. It offers the Diploma Programme. Additionally, the AVID (meaning Advancement Via Individual Determination) program is available. Additionally, Hillwood is a Technology Site Demonstration school.


There are many sports available for students to participate in. The Topper Athletic Club (TAC) is a parent/faculty organization that helps support all sports teams. They generally meet once a month. All sporting events are overseen by the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association (TSSAA). Hillwood has had moderate success in athletics.

Sports at HHS include:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball (Boys & Girls)
  • Bowling (Boys & Girls)
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross Country (Boys & Girls)
  • Football
  • Golf (Boys & Girls)
  • Soccer (Boys & Girls)
  • Softball
  • Tennis (Boys & Girls)
  • Track (Boys & Girls)
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling
  • Dance Team

Team Accomplishments[edit]

The football team was State Championship contender in the 1990s and early 2000s under coach Jerry Link before their move from AAAA (4A) to AAAAA (5A), which was Tennessee's highest class, now there are 6 classes, Hillwood is in 5A. The football team is currently coached by Taylor Burks, who was previously defensive coordinator and has previously coached as defensive coordinator for Georgia Military College,where he dominated with the 3-5-3 defense.

The wrestling team is known for their dominance in the 1970s under famed coach G.P. West, whom the Brentwood Invitational (G.P. West Bruin Invitational) is named for, as well as its many State Champions and the Hillwood Invitational. Also the Wrestling team had a great run in the mid-1990s under Al Posnack. His best year was the 1994-1995 campaign with a 13-1 record. The Program was restarted by Jody Duncan in 2009-2010. He was a state runner up for Nashville Christian at 189 lbs.

The baseball team accumulated Hillwood's first State Championship in any sport when they won the TSSAA AAA State Championship over Maryville High School in 1977. Former Major League pitcher (Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago Cubs) William Brennan played for Hillwood in 1981.

The Freshmen Girls Volleyball team found recent success when they won the Nashville City Championship in 2007.

The Basketball team is known for famed player Charles Hathaway who was a McDonald's All-American in 1996 and went on to play four years at the University of Tennessee. In addition, the boys basketball team was at one time coached by current Northern Illinois University head coach and long time Colorado Buffaloes head coach Ricardo Patton.


Hillwood has a few sports rivals. Their main rivalry is with Hillsboro High School in the annual "Battle of the Hills". Other rivals include John Overton High School, Glencliff High School, McGavock High School, and Father Ryan High School. Montgomery Bell Academy (MBA) has previously been a major rival, the schools are around two miles apart, but Hillwood has not been prominent since the public/private split.

Music and the Arts[edit]

  • Marching Band
  • Concert Band
  • Orchestra
  • Mixed Choir
  • Dance
  • Theatre

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