Collierville High School (Collierville, Tennessee)

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Collierville High School
1101 N. Byhalia Road
Collierville, Tennessee
Type Public
Founded 1905
School district Collierville
Principal Mr. Chip Blanchard
Faculty 116
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 2172
Color(s) Maroon and White         
Mascot Dragon

Collierville High School is a public high school (grades 9–12) 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, Mrs. 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.[1]

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.[2]

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.[citation needed]


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.[citation needed]

CHS athletics are sponsored by Adidas.[citation needed]

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.

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[3] 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..[4]

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Nikki McCray - Basketball, University of Tennessee (1991-1995); 2-time Olympic Gold medalist (1996, 2000); WNBA (1998-2006)
  • Zack Cozart - Baseball, University of Mississippi (2005); Cincinnati Reds (2007-present)
  • Drew Pomeranz - Baseball, University of Mississippi (2008-2009); Cleveland Indians (2010), Colorado Rockies (2011-2013), Oakland Athletics (2014-present)
  • Bailey Melton - Television Personality. Weather anchor. Worked for WTVA in Tupelo, WAPT in Jackson, WPTY in Memphis, and most recently WMC-TV in Memphis


  1. ^ Institution Summary.
  2. ^ Dye, Robert. W. Shelby County. Charleston, South Carolina: Arcadia Publishing. p. 124. ISBN 978-0-7385-4192-1. 
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  4. ^ 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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