Jackson Central-Merry High School
|Jackson Central-Merry High School|
|332 Lane Ave
Jackson, Tennessee 38301
|Established||1970 (combination of Jackson High and Merry High)|
|School district||Jackson-Madison County School District|
|Superintendent||Dr. Verna D. Ruffin|
|Principal||Dr. Michael Booker|
|Assistant Principals||Tiffany Harris, Michael Morris, and Gregory Vinson|
Jackson Central-Merry High School (also known as Jackson Central High School or JCM) is a public four-year high school located in Jackson, Tennessee, USA. Jackson Central-Merry was once the largest high school in West Tennessee outside Memphis.
The school was formed in 1970 as a consolidation of predominantly white Jackson High School and predominantly black Merry High School. It was the first integrated high school in Jackson. The former Jackson High became the new school's "west campus" and the former Merry High became the "east campus." The school initially taught students in grades 10, 11 and 12. Freshmen students were added after the Jackson city school system consolidated with the Madison County system in the early 1990s.
Three city junior high schools (now middle schools) originally fed into JCM: Tigrett Junior High School, Jackson Junior High School and Parkway Junior High School. The school mascot is the Cougar. School colors are green and gold.
Jackson Central-Merry Academy of Medical Technology Magnet High School
JCM was awarded the High School Redesign Grant, which provided $1.5 million over a three-year period to create the Jackson Central-Merry Academy of Medical Technology Magnet High School program, which was completed in 2010.
Beginning in the 2010-11 school year, Jackson Central-Merry High School began offering a health science magnet school program. The program is intended to help incoming freshmen become certified in a healthcare related area upon the completion of high school.
The program curriculum focuses on advancing one of four fields of study:
- Therapeutic Services (Certified in Nursing assistant)
- Diagnostic Services (Certified in phlebotomy with clinical internship)
- Health Informatics
- Biotechnology Research and Development
- Artis Hicks — professional football player
- Ed Jones — former professional football player
- Van Jones — political activist, former Obama Administration staff member
- Wesley Poe — professional basketball player
- Al Wilson — former professional football player
- Jackie Beard — former U.S. national amateur bantamweight boxing champion (1978–80)