Collierville High School (Collierville, Tennessee)

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Collierville High School
1101 N Byhalia Road
Collierville, Tennessee 38017
Coordinates 35°04′13″N 89°41′15″W / 35.0702°N 89.6874°W / 35.0702; -89.6874Coordinates: 35°04′13″N 89°41′15″W / 35.0702°N 89.6874°W / 35.0702; -89.6874
Type Public
Founded 1905
School district Collierville Schools
Principal Chip Blanchard[1]
Faculty 116
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 2,181 (2014-15)[2]
Campus type Suburban
Color(s) Maroon and White and Supreme Red        
Newspaper Dragon Spirit
Communities served Community

Collierville High School is a public high school (grades 9–12) founded by serving Collierville, Tennessee. It is located in Collierville, Tennessee. Its school colors are maroon and white. The school's mascot is the Dragon, dubbed by the elementary art teacher, Lisa Ackerman, who designed it as 'Blister the Dragon'. The school is served by Collierville Schools.

Collierville High School is fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and holds memberships in NASSP, the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association (TSSAA), NACAC, and SACAC.[3]

As of June 2015, the Collierville School Board recommended a $99 million high school to be built on land south of Highway 385 east of Sycamore Road and south of Shelby Drive, due to overcrowding at the current high school. The school is expected to be ready for the 2018-2019 school year.


Collierville High School sits on the same property that held the Bellevue High Security Correctional Facility. The school was built in the early 1900s, with expansions and additions being made in 1911, 1924, and 1926, the last being a large gymnasium. In the 1930s, the school became one of the first buildings in Tennessee to be built by the Civilian Conservation Corps. Hundreds of workers were brought in from Memphis, Tennessee to build an auditorium, library, and study hall in later years.[4]

Academic programs[edit]

Academically, the school offers 5 dual enrollment, 34 Honors courses, and 25 Advanced Placement courses. Newsweek’s America’s Best High Schools list- 2008-2013; Largest PTSA in the state of Tennessee, 2009 Female AP Scholar for the state of Tennessee, United States Presidential Scholar candidates: 21 in the past fourteen years, two Presidential Scholar winners in 2002 and 2014.


22 sports and five club sports. The boys' baseball team won the state championship in 2013. Also, Joshua Wheeler won the 2014 Decathlon state championship for track and field. It is one of only two schools in west Tennessee with a mountain biking team.

Extra-curricular activities[edit]

51 clubs. Collierville High also has its own public-access television cable TV station located on its campus, serving the local Shelby County Comcast and UVerse community on Comcast channel 98.7 & UVerse channel 119. Additionally, CHS's STEM program includes the Dragon Robotics team which competes in the FIRST Robotics Competition and VEX.

Awards and recognition[edit]

Collierville High School is the only public high school in Tennessee offered a charter from the Cum Laude Society. CHS ranks in the "Top 10 High Schools in Tennessee" by U.S. News & World Report[5] and Newsweek's "America's Best High Schools". CHS is also recognized annually as a winner in The Washington Post's "High School Challenge."


The school, as of 2013, had a student body that was 89% white, 12% African American,and 6% other..[6]

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Zack Cozart - American professional baseball shortstop
  • Nikki McCray - coach, former professional women's basketball player, 2-time Olympic Gold medalist (1996, 2000)
  • Drew Pomeranz - American professional baseball pitcher


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  2. ^ "Collierville High School". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved November 11, 2017. 
  3. ^ Institution Summary.
  4. ^ Dye, Robert. W. Shelby County. Charleston, South Carolina: Arcadia Publishing. p. 124. ISBN 978-0-7385-4192-1. 
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  6. ^ Dillon, Sam. "Merger of Memphis and County School Districts Revives Race and Class Challenges." The New York Times. November 5, 2011. Retrieved on June 3, 2013.

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