Brentwood High School (Tennessee)

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Brentwood High School
Address
5304 Murray Lane
Brentwood, Tennessee, Williamson County 37027
United States
Coordinates 36°00′59″N 86°48′55″W / 36.01628°N 86.81532°W / 36.01628; -86.81532Coordinates: 36°00′59″N 86°48′55″W / 36.01628°N 86.81532°W / 36.01628; -86.81532
Information
Type Public
Motto Excellence Through Teaching And Learning
Established 1982
School district Williamson County Schools
Principal Kevin Keidel
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 1756
Color(s) Blue and Gold
         
Athletics conference TSSAA
Team name Bruins
Rival Franklin High School
Ravenwood High School
Accreditation Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
Newspaper The Voice
Yearbook Mark of the Bruin
Feeder schools Brentwood Middle School
Website

Brentwood High School is a public high school located in Brentwood, Tennessee, United States. The school serves the north central section of Williamson County for students in grades 9-12.

The school is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Brentwood High School was ranked in Newsweek magazine's 2008 list of the top 1,000 public schools in the United States.[1]

Administration[edit]

Kevin Keidel is the principal of Brentwood High. The school has four assistant principals: Chris Hames serves the 12th grade, Oceana Sheehan serves the 11th grade, John Calton serves the 10th grade, and Stephanie Simmons serves the 9th grade.[2][3]

History[edit]

The school opened in 1982 to serve the rapidly growing population in the northern part of Williamson County and relieve overcrowding at Franklin High School. James C. Parker was the school's first principal. In 1994, Dr. David Heath was appointed principal and served until . Willie Dickerson was named principal in 2000 and remained in the role until she became principal at Franklin High School in 2002.[4] When Dickerson left in 2002, Kevin Keidel was named principal and continues to serve in that role today.[5]

Since it opened, there have been a number of renovations and expansions to the campus to both expand capacity and improve arts and athletics facilities. In 1985, just three years after opening, additional classrooms were constructed to keep up with the school’s quickly growing enrollment. In 1987, some arts facilities were added including drama and chorus classrooms, and an auditorium that also functioned as an additional gymnasium. Around the turn of the 20th century, several athletic facility improvements were made including a wrestling facility, field house with weight room, football locker room, multipurpose athletic facility, football stadium improvements, and new soccer facilities.[5] In 2014, the former auditorium was converted to a permanent gymnasium and 500-seat performing arts center was constructed.[6] The new auditorium cost $4.8 million and was built as part of a multi-phase project that called for building auditoriums at all Williamson County middle and high schools.[7] A $19.6 million improvement project that would include additional classroom space, improved athletic facilities, and a new three-story STEM building.[8] The project will also add additional parking and improve both vehicular and pedestrian circulation around the campus.[9]

Academics and testing[edit]

In Newsweek's 2008 list of America’s Top High Schools, BHS ranked first for Tennessee comprehensive public high schools and 192nd in the nation.[10]

The current graduation rate of BHS is 98.4%,[11] the highest among Williamson County Schools and 88% of the most recent graduating class went on to attend a four-year university. The school follows the semester system with ½ credit earned per course each semester. Students are enrolled in 6 credit classes. Twenty-one Advanced Placement classes are offered at Brentwood. In 2006, 79% of the students received a 3 or better on the AP test, 80% received a 3 or better in 2007, and 82% receiving a 3 or better in 2008.

The ACT is required to graduate. The average score continues to increase each year, reaching a new record high of 26.2 in 2015.[12] Although not required, some students also choose to take the SAT. The school has consistently produced more than 10 National Merit Semi-Finalists since 2013.[13][14]

Arts[edit]

Band[edit]

The marching band, participated in the 2007 Alamo Bowl (San Antonio, TX), Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade, Boscov's Thanksgiving Day Parade, IKEA Thanksgiving Day Parade, and the Fiesta Bowl National Championships,[15][16] and can be heard on the Brad Paisley song "Online" from his album "5th Gear."[17] The band has been named a finalist at several Bands of America regional championship events[18] and was named USBands Southern States champion in 2015.[19]

Choir[edit]

The choir won the Grand Championships in Atlanta in 2003 and first place at the National Choral Festival in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.[20]

Orchestra[edit]

The Brentwood High School Orchestra includes violin, viola, cello, and double bass players. Members of the BHS Orchestra have been selected for the All-Midstate and All State Orchestras as well as the National Honors Orchestra.[21]

Theatre[edit]

Brentwood offers four levels of theatre class and a theatre production class, which teaches the elements of backstage production and set design.[22] The Theatre program typically performs a fall play and a spring musical each year.[23] In 2016, the group was selected to perform its fall 2015 production, Any Number Can Die, at the Tennessee State Thespian Conference.[24]

Extracurricular activities[edit]

Forensics[edit]

Brentwood forensics is a member school of the Tennessee High School Speech and Debate Society and the National Forensic League.[25][26]

WBHS-9[edit]

Brentwood High School is one of the few high schools in the state of Tennessee that owns and operates its own TV station.[27] The City of Brentwood first gave Channel 9 to Brentwood High School from its cable company, Comcast in 1999. For the first two years, the channel simply displayed school text announcements around the clock. In spring 2001, Mark Madison and the television production classes began operating the channel and developed a full-time station with coverage for the entire northern half of Williamson County.[28]

WBHS-9 has won numerous state, regional, and national awards in various film festivals and other video competitions around the country. The station is often viewed has a model for other schools around Tennessee that want to develop a television production operation. Additionally, WBHS-9 was tasked with installing in-house, closed-circuit television stations at five Williamson County elementary schools for morning announcements and other internal broadcasts.[28]

Ronnie Adcock took charge of the program in the fall of 2008 after Madison's death that spring and continues to operate the channel with almost six hours each day of news, announcements, sports, arts, and other school events.[28]

Many of the station's videos and newscasts can be found on its Youtube channel.

Athletics[edit]

TSSAA-sanctioned sports[edit]

The below TSSAA-sanctioned teams have won a combined 47 state championships, the most in Williamson County Schools, Tennessee public schools, and sixth most in the state.[29] The school also has girls' basketball and boys' and girls' bowling teams, which have not won any state championships.[30] Years in bold indicate state championships. Years in italics indicate state runners-up.

Club Sports[edit]

In addition to TSSAA sports, the school also has numerous club sports.[13] Years in bold indicate state championships. Years in italics indicate state runners-up.

  • Cheerleading[103]
    • Varsity: 1997, 2012
    • Freshmen: 1998, 2013
  • Dance (jazz): 2007, 2011, 2016[104]
  • Hockey: 2002, 2011, 2014, 2015[105]
  • Boys' lacrosse: 2006, 2008, 2012[106][107][108]
  • Girls' lacrosse
  • Boys' rugby: 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2010
  • Girls' rugby: 2010
  • Swimming: 1986, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1995, 1997, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006[109]

These sports have a combined 24 state championships, which gives Brentwood a total of 71 state championships. In addition to the numerous state championships, all TSSAA-sponsored athletic teams have achieved TSSAA Academic Achievement Award each of the last six years.

Notable alumni[edit]

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