Christian Brothers High School (Memphis, Tennessee)

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Christian Brothers High School
Christian Brothers High School (Memphis) logo.jpg
5900 Walnut Grove Road
Memphis, Tennessee 38120
United States
Coordinates 35°07′51″N 89°51′51″W / 35.130880°N 89.864290°W / 35.130880; -89.864290Coordinates: 35°07′51″N 89°51′51″W / 35.130880°N 89.864290°W / 35.130880; -89.864290
Type Private College Preparatory
Motto Latin: Virtus et Scientia
(Character and Knowledge)
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic (Lasallian)
Established 1871
President Br. Chris Englert, F.S.C.
Dean Mr. George Pratt
Principal Chris Fay
Faculty 99[1]
Grades 912
Gender Boys
Enrollment 900+[2] (2015)
Color(s) Purple and Gold          
Slogan "Go Brothers"
"Roll Tide Roll"
Song Bless This House
Fight song CBHS Fight Song
Athletics 10 TSSAA Sports
6 Club Sports
Athletics conference TSSAA Division II – AAA West
Sports Football, Basketball, Baseball, Soccer, Golf, Tennis, Track & Field, Cross Country, Wrestling, Bowling
Mascot Wavey
Nickname Purple Wave or Brothers
Rival Memphis University School
Accreditation Southern Association of Colleges and Schools[2][3]
Average ACT scores 27
Publication Purple & Gold
Newspaper The Maurelian
Yearbook Chronicle
Affiliation Christian Brothers University
Sister Schools

Immaculate Conception HS

St. Agnes Academy
Club Sports Lacrosse, Fencing, Swimming, Trap Shooting, Hockey, Rugby, Indoor Soccer
Other Clubs Model UN, Knowledge Bowl, Chess, Theatre, Band, Chorus, BLC, Robotics, Guitar, Brothers For Life
Shop Wave Shop
Video Tradition of Excellence

Christian Brothers High School (CBHS) is located in Memphis, Tennessee, at 5900 Walnut Grove Road. It is an all-male college preparatory school and Catholic school that has a Lasallian tradition that can be traced back to John Baptist de La Salle.



The school was founded as Christian Brothers College on November 19, 1871, by members of the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools, a Roman Catholic religious teaching congregation. The Brothers came to Memphis at the request of the people and clergy of the city, after more than a decade of efforts to persuade the Brothers to open a college in Memphis. Christian Brothers High School remains the oldest all-boys educational institution in the city of Memphis.

Brother Maurelian was appointed the first president. During his presidency, which lasted 33 years, the Brothers purchased the 612 Adams Street building, which housed the college until 1940 when the school moved to its present location at Central Avenue and East Parkway South. Functioning as a combined elementary school, high school, and college, Christian Brothers College granted high school diplomas, Bachelor's and Master's Degrees until 1915, when the college division was suspended.

Elementary classes were dropped in 1922, and the institution operated as only a high school for 18 years. In 1940, the college opened again as a junior college and began granting Associate's Degrees in 1942. Several years later in 1965 the high school left the college campus and moved to a new campus located at 5900 Walnut Grove Rd. in East Memphis. At that point it became known as Christian Brothers High School. The college is now known as Christian Brothers University, and is still on East Parkway.

The Christian Brothers Band is the oldest high school band in America, being continuous since its founding in 1872.[4]

Lasallian tradition[edit]

Christian Brothers University traces its origins to priest and educational innovator, St. John Baptist de La Salle, the patron saint of teachers.[5]

De La Salle began a system of Christian schools in which teachers assist parents in the educational, ethical, and religious formation of their children. To continue his spiritual and pedagogical vision, De La Salle founded the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools, known today as the De La Salle Christian Brothers. The Lasallian community is now in 81 countries and in more than 1,000 educational institutions. Over 4,000 De La Salle Christian Brothers, along with 56,000 Lasallian lay colleagues, serve over 900,000 students and their families worldwide.


CBHS is located on a 50-acre (200,000 m2) campus in East Memphis, sixteen miles east of Downtown. The campus encompasses the main school building, gym, STEMM building, football & practice field, 2,300 gallon aquarium, baseball field and club house, soccer, and a practice field, as well as a chapel and housing for the Brothers who work at the school.


The Band is "The Oldest High School Band in America" founded in 1872 and consists of a concert band and pep band. This group has performed at the Midwest Clinic, the Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center,[6] the Lincoln Memorial, and Carnegie Hall, as well as receiving superior ratings at concert festivals from Hawaii to Washington D.C.

The band has performed for two US presidents. The Jazz Band, "Walnut Groove", performs on and off campus. A Historic Brass Band performs in replica civil war era uniforms and marches in parades along with performing in civic celebrations and dedications in the city.


The athletic teams are known as the Purple Wave or simply the Brothers. Ten different sports teams are fielded for Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association (TSSAA) competition and each one has claimed State Titles. The Brothers are classified in Division II – Class AAA West and compete at the highest level of competition. The classic purple and gold schemed uniforms are unmistakable each Friday night in the Fall. The basketball team claimed its lone State Title in 1987. They have played for the championship twice since 2008 coming up short on both occasions.

The soccer team has won 10 championships in the last 25 years and have 3-peated twice. The team won the 2016 State Soccer Championship under second-year coach Nick Glaser. The baseball team recently won the 2016 State Championship, marking the ninth state championship for Coach Buster Kelso at CBHS.

The golf, tennis, track, and cross country teams have seen both team and individual success. The wrestling team was the 2012 State Champion in Tennessee after defeating Baylor in the semifinals and Fr. Ryan in the finals. The golf team claimed three State Titles in the 1990s. Track & field enjoys the most consistent success for both individual and team championships. Most recently, CBHS finished 1-2-3 in the shot put at the State Championships this past Spring. The Brothers have also fielded a bowling team every year since the sport was first established by the TSSAA. The Brothers went 13–0 and won the State Title in 2003, then repeated in 2004 with a record of 13–1. The team has three total State Championships, tying for most in the state since the sport debuted in 2002.

State Championships[edit]

  • Baseball – 13 (1948, 1959, 1961, 1964, 1997, 2000, 2001, 2005, 2007, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2016) – most by any school in Tennessee
  • Basketball – 1 (1987)
  • Bowling- 3 (2003, 2004, 2009) – tied most by any school in Tennessee
  • Cross Country – 1 team: (1982) 2 individual: (1999, 2001)
  • Football – 1 (1977)
  • Golf – 8 team: (1949, 1966, 1969, 1975, 1984, 1990, 1997, 1998) 7 individual: (1966, 1975, 1980, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1992, 1994) – second most by any school in Tennessee
  • Lacrosse – 1 (1995)
  • Soccer – 9 (1990, 1991, 1992, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2009, 2010, 2014, 2016) – most by any school in Tennessee
  • Tennis – 1 team: (1941) 2 singles: (1941, 1970) 2 doubles: (1940, 1941)
  • Track & Field- 2 team: (1964, 2010) 39 individual events: (multiple years from 1955–present)
  • Wrestling – 1 team, individuals: (2013) 2 team, duals: (2012, 2013) 22 individual: (multiple years from 1981–present)

Current head coaches by sport[edit]

  • Baseball- Buster Kelso
  • Basketball – Bubba Luckett
  • Bowling – Laura Madsen
  • Cross Country – Nick Dwyer
  • Fencing – Tom Knowles
  • Football – Thomas McDaniel[7]
  • Golf – Ford Canale
  • Ice Hockey – Tony Trimboli
  • Lacrosse – Collin Welsh
  • Rugby – Justin Whitmer
  • Soccer – Nick Glaser
  • Swimming – Whitney Shelton
  • TennisCedric De Zutter
  • Track – Nick Dwyer
  • Trap Shooting – Ed Hope
  • Wrestling – Derek Harrison
  • Water Polo – Whitney Shelton

Notable alumni[edit]


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