Hume-Fogg High School
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Hume-Fogg Academic Magnet High School
|Architect||William B. Ittner; Robert Sharp|
|Governing body||Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools|
|NRHP Reference #||74001909|
|Added to NRHP||October 16, 1974|
Hume-Fogg's original incarnation, Hume High School, which opened in 1855 on Eighth Avenue (Spruce Street) and Broad, was the first public school in Nashville.
In 1875 Fogg High School became the second public school in Nashville. It was built on the same property as Hume High School, facing Broad Street. In 1912, the two merged into Hume-Fogg at the present site at 700 Broadway, a Tudor Revival building. The building consists of five floors including a basement, which has several tunnels leading to various places around downtown Nashville. However, they are currently boarded off and inaccessible. In 1942 Hume-Fogg was recast as a Technical and Vocational School. It continued in this capacity until the 1982 court-supervised desegregation of Nashville's public school system. In that year, Hume-Fogg was again recast as an academic magnet school for Nashville's gifted and talented secondary students.
In the 2004–2005 school year, Hume-Fogg celebrated its sesquicentennial anniversary. It was the location for the filming of Taylor Swift's music video for the song "Teardrops on My Guitar" in 2007.
In 2010 it was in immediate danger of flooding waters. Being a school that is over 100 years old, it has had roof and leaking issues for several years. The flood waters stopped and receded only a few blocks away from the school and the rain waters did not cause any notable damage to the school. The location of Hume-Fogg's graduation was also put into question as the building which traditionally holds the graduation, Bridgestone Arena, had a flooded basement, but the graduation was held on schedule.
Hume-Fogg is an academic magnet school and offers 25 Advanced Placement (AP) courses. All academic courses -with the exception of P.E./Art courses- are taught at the Honors or AP level.
Nearly 100 percent of graduates each year go on to four-year colleges, many earning prestigious academic scholarships in the process. Each year, the Hume-Fogg senior class is granted over ten million dollars in cumulative scholarship and grant money from various universities across the United States.
In 2012, Hume-Fogg had twelve National Merit Semi-Finalists and four National Achievement Semi-Finalists as well as four semi-finalists in the Intel Science Talent Search Competition and three semi-finalists in the Siemens Competition in Math, Science and Technology.
In the 2006–2007 academic year Hume-Fogg received the National Siemens Award for one of the best scientific and math-based academic programs in the country. In addition, Newsweek and U.S. News & World Report have consistently ranked Hume-Fogg among the top public high schools in America:
|Newsweek||71 (2)||36 (1)||33 (1)||32 (1)||26 (1)||24 (2)||58 (2)||43 (2)|
|U.S. News & World Report||37 (1)||49 (1)||26 (1)||26 (1)||30 (1)|
(Parentheses have school's rank within Tennessee)
Arts at Hume-Fogg
Hume-Fogg's Arts Department consists of Fine Arts, Band, Orchestra, Choir, and Theater programs.
Every year, Hume-Fogg's theater department collaborates with the choral and orchestral programs on the production of a fall musical. Recent productions include "Hairspray", "West Side Story", "Les Miserables", and "Beauty and the Beast." 
The Band program consists of Beginning Band, Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, and two Jazz Bands, and jazz combos. The Orchestra program consists of a String ensemble, which also serves as part of the Pit Orchestra in the fall musicals. In recent times, the Hume-Fogg String Orchestra has collaborated with the string ensembles of Martin Luther King Magnet High School at the MTSBOA Concert Festivals. The Choral program consists of a Mixed Chorus and a Show Choir. Hume-Fogg's music programs have had tremendous success at festivals and assessments regionally and nationally -typically earning Superior ratings at such events. Many student musicians have competed and participated in TN Mid-State and All-State clinics. Additionally, several students perform in musical groups outside of school such as the Curb Youth Symphony, Music City Youth Orchestra, and the Blair Chorus programs.
Hume-Fogg has the highest percentage of students in sports in Davidson County. In 1964 it was the first public high school in Nashville to desegregate its sports teams.
- Boys/girls basketball
- Boys lacrosse
- Boys/girls tennis
- Boys/girls golf
- Cross country
- Boys/girls track
- Ice hockey
- Boys/girls soccer
- Co-op football with Hillwood
Club sports (sports that require student organization and self-funding):
- Boys/girls swimming
- Ping pong
The current school mascot, which was voted on by the student body in 2008, is Knightro, the Blue Knight. His suit of armor can be found in the entrance hallway of the school. The school colors are blue and white.
Hume-Fogg's sports and academic rival is Martin Luther King Magnet at Pearl High School, located less than 2 miles from the school.
- Calpernia Addams, transgendered entertainer, activist, and writer
- Johnny Beazley, professional baseball pitcher
- Delbert Mann, Academy Award-winning director
- Bettie Page, pinup queen and Playboy Playmate; graduated second in the class of 1940
- Randall Jarrell, poet; with a historical marker at the school
- Ricardo Patton, college basketball coach
- Dinah Shore, singer/actress
- Matt Friction, Vocalist and Guitarist for the Pink Spiders.
- Top Public High Schools 2010 - Newsweek
- Gold Medal Schools 2009 - US News and World Report
- Top Magnet Schools 2008 - US News and World Report
- "Kimbro, others accepted into School Sports Hall of Fame", Tennessee Tribune, April 27, 2005.
- "They Warbled Their Way to the Top", Dick Kleiner, Ottawa Citizen, March 12, 1955 (Google News Archive).
- The Real Bettie Page: The Truth about the Queen of the Pinups, Richard Foster, Citadel Press, 1997.
- "Sampling The High-minded Goo Of Nashville", Thomas Swick, Sun Sentinel, October 30, 2005.
- Ricardo Patton bio at Northern Illinois Huskies website niuhuskies.com
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