The Ensworth School
|The Ensworth School|
|Nashville, TN, United States|
|Motto||"In Search of Truth"|
|Headmaster||David J. Braemer|
|Average class size||15 students|
|Student to teacher ratio||8:1|
|Color(s)||Black and Orange|
|Athletics conference||TSSAA - Division II|
The Ensworth School is a private school located on two separate campuses in Nashville, Tennessee.
The original school, with grades "pre-first" (kindergarten) through eighth, opened in 1958 with 152 students. The school opened in a large Tudor-style home; its distinctive architecture became a symbol of the school itself. That facility, since expanded several times, is now known as the Red Gables Campus, and is located at 211 Ensworth Avenue.
In 2002 the school initiated a $60 million capital campaign, with the goal of expanding the school to grade 12. After operating for over 40 years as a K-8 school, Ensworth added a high school in 2004, located on Tennessee State Route 100 adjacent to Edwin Warner Park and known as the Devon Farm Campus. The high school began with grade 9 and added a grade each following year; the school's first graduating class has matriculated in 2008.
Ensworth High School (EHS) is located at 7401 Highway 100, Nashville, Tennessee. The high school campus was built overlooking the confluence of the Harpeth and Little Harpeth Rivers, near Edwin Warner Park.
In June 2003 construction of the school's tennis courts resulted in the discovery of several prehistoric human burials. The developer petitioned the Davidson County Chancery Court, and was granted permission to remove and relocate all burials within the construction zone to an adjacent portion of the school property.
Archaeological excavations were subsequently conducted in order to identify and remove all human remains from the site. The excavations resulted in the discovery of more than 300 archaeological features, of which 64 contained human remains. Artifacts recovered during these investigations indicate the site was occupied over a 9000-year time frame stretching from the Early Archaic through Mississippian periods. The site was most intensively occupied during the period known as the Benton phase (ca. 6000–5000 B.P.). Artifacts from this period were prolific at the site, and included numerous finely crafted burial offerings.
Beginning around 1798, the land containing EHS was situated within a large agricultural property owned and farmed by the families of brothers Giles and Thomas Harding. Between 1798 and 1807, Giles Harding and his sons constructed a home that would be known as Oak Hill and later Devon Farm. This home was included in the National Register of Historic Places in 1974, due to the architectural integrity of the main house and the significance of the Harding family to the early settlement of the Nashville area. The historic cemetery associated with the Devon Farm was moved in 2003 during construction of EHS. The NRHP-listed home was renovated and now serves as the school's admissions office.
The Ensworth High School campus was built after a fund-raising campaign that raised nearly 60 million dollars. This also benefited the Lower and Middle Schools. The High School began classes in 2004, and its first senior class graduated in 2008. To commemorate the Lower and Middle school's 50th anniversary, the students will build houses for Habitat For Humanity, a service organization.
In 2008-2009 a 642-seat theater was completed and opened at the Devon Farm campus. The theater offers a fully equipped venue for student drama, music, and dance performances. It is also used for school-wide assembly meetings. The theater also houses a scenery construction workshop, sound, lighting and production facilities, green room, and teaching spaces.
In September 2011, the school opened a new gymnasium on the Red Gables Campus, called the Brown Athletic Center. The new facility is a total of three stories with a basement, featuring four, unique accommodations. The first floor features a basketball court that sports the school's colors, bright orange and black. The middle floor features a fitness center that directly mirrors the professional gymnasium that is currently housed at the Devon Farms campus.
In January 2013, Ensworth opened a natatorium at the Devon Farm campus. Fitted with ten lanes, the pool is frequently used by schools around the area. Swimming coach Christian Bahr has stated his intentions to better the school's swimming team, hoping to advance to the state competition for the first time in the school's history.
The Ensworth School has won state championships in girl's basketball in 2008, 2010, and 2013. Boy's basketball won championships in 2009, 2011, 2012, and 2013. In 2010 and 2011, the volleyball team won state championships. Girls Golf won the state championship in 2011.
The 2012 football team went 13-0, winning their 3rd straight state championship. In 2013, the team won their fourth consecutive state championship. Although their coaches were originally suspended from the game  due to their ejection in the semifinal game against Brentwood Academy, they were reinstated on appeal.
In 2008, the school's math team traveled to its first-ever state Interscholastic Mathematics League at Lipscomb University. Entering students in Algebra 1, Euclidean geometry, and Algebra 2, the school took a cumulative title of fortieth out of fifty schools in Tennessee, narrowly beating academic rival the Father Ryan High School in the stymied quiz bowl tourney in the first round. However, the team suffered a defeat against the Carver High School team of Memphis, Tennessee. Individually, a student set a new school record by scoring an 85 out of a possible 100 on the Algebra 2 test. Since 2008, the school's math team has opted out of the competitions in favor of preparing for the upcoming tournaments of 2014. Headmaster Braemer stated his hopes of improving the team in 2014, stating that "better calculators and better minds will win the contests in the future."
In addition to its mathematics performances, the Ensworth School has also created a Science Olympiad team in 2004. The team has performed consistently in past years, earning the sixteenth spot out of twenty five schools in the regional division. The team has been especially noted for its unique mode of preparation for the build events, in which the school excels annually. The school hires professional architects, designers, physicists, engineers, and geologists to aid the students in the construction process. Late Headmaster William Mosely has called this experience an excellent hands-on approach to real world application of science, stating that "allowing the students to watch professionals build their various contraptions is an excellent opportunity for them to absorb those models and recreate them for future competitions. It's amazing how well the students remember these designs." As a result of the school's efforts, the Ensworth School's builds have been unbeaten in the Division A level, having never lost the Bottle Rocket, Junior Towers, or Downhill Derby events since the team's inception in 2004.
Accreditation & membership
- Tennessee Association of Independent Schools
- Southern Association of Independent Schools
- Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
- Tennessee Secondary School Athletics Association
- Will Moseley
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- Shooter Jennings, country/rock singer, son of Waylon Jennings
- Joi Gilliam, R&B/Rock singer, record producer and songwriter
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