Brentwood Academy

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Brentwood Academy
Brentwood Academy is located in Tennessee
Brentwood Academy
Brentwood Academy
219 Granny White Pike


United States
Coordinates36°01′59″N 86°49′18″W / 36.0331798°N 86.8217969°W / 36.0331798; -86.8217969
MottoLatin: Vivat Veritas
(Let Truth Prevail)
Religious affiliation(s)Christian
HeadmasterCurtis G. Masters
Enrollment738[1] (2018)
Color(s)Red, white and blue

Brentwood Academy is a coeducational Christian independent college preparatory school located in Brentwood, Tennessee, for grades 6–12.


Brentwood Academy was among a wave of private schools formed in response the court ordered desegregation of public schools.[2] Brentwood Academy's leaders claimed the school was established to provide a sound, Christian education in a safer environment, but the sociologist Jennifer Dyer has argued that the school's stated objectives were simply a "guise" for the school's actual objective of allowing white parents to avoid enrolling their children in racially integrated public schools.[3]

Applications to Brentwood Academy increased in 1980 after court rulings expanded desegregation busing in Nashville.[4] At the time, only four of Brentwood Academy's 360 students were black.[5]

In 2001, Brentwood Academy was a party in the United States Supreme Court case Brentwood Academy v. Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association.[6] The Academy had sued the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association after the school was penalized for "undue influence" in recruiting football players, and the case was appealed to the Supreme Court. The court in this case held that a statewide association, incorporated to regulate interscholastic athletic competition among public and private schools, is regarded as engaging in state action when it enforces a rule against a member school.[7]

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  1. ^ Sauber, Elaina (September 17, 2018). "What's happened in the Brentwood Academy case since it was filed 1 year ago". The Tennessean. Retrieved December 5, 2018.
  2. ^ O'Hara, Jim (July 22, 1972). "The 'Christian' schools are on the boom". The Tennessean. Nashville. p. B1 – via
  3. ^ Dyer, Jennifer Eaton (April 12, 2007). The Core Beliefs of Southern Evangelicals: A Psycho-Social Investigation of the Evangelical Megachurch Phenomenon. (PhD). Vanderbilt University. p. 23. Retrieved January 2, 2018.
  4. ^ Cluman, Carl (January 21, 1980). "Bus plan brings application rush for private schools". The Tennessean. Nashville. p. 59 – via
  5. ^ Ivey, Sandra; Crowe, Adell (August 6, 1980). "Private Schools nearly white". The Tennessean. p. 15 – via
  6. ^ Brentwood Academy v. Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Assn., 531 U.S. 288 (2001).
  7. ^ "Brentwood Academy v. Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Assn. | Casebriefs". Retrieved January 2, 2018.
  8. ^ Dunkerley, Beville (June 11, 2014). "Producer Profile: Dann Huff". Retrieved March 13, 2018.
  9. ^ Schlansky, Evan (February 7, 2011). "Writer Of The Week: Gordon Kennedy". ForASong Media. Retrieved February 27, 2018.

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