Cordova High School (Tennessee)

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Cordova High School
Memphis, Tennessee
United States
Coordinates 35°10′28″N 89°45′15″W / 35.17437°N 89.75424°W / 35.17437; -89.75424Coordinates: 35°10′28″N 89°45′15″W / 35.17437°N 89.75424°W / 35.17437; -89.75424
Type High School
Established 1997
School district Shelby County Schools
Principal Barton Thorne[1]
Number of students 2,039 (2014-15)[2]
Color(s) Green and Black         

Cordova High School is a public high school (grades 9-12) located at 1800 Berryhill Road in the Cordova community of unincorporated Shelby County, Tennessee, United States, east of the city of Memphis, with a ZIP code of 38016.

Cordova High School is a part of the Shelby County Schools.

It was previously a Memphis City Schools district campus. Before the merger of MCS, Cordova High School served portions of Memphis as well as some portions of unincorporated Shelby County which are also zoned to elementary and middle schools in the SCS district.

In 2007 Cordova High School had an expected enrollment of 2,400.


Cordova High School was constructed in 1996 and completed in 1997 as a joint venture between the Memphis City Schools district and the Shelby County Schools district. The school opened during the 1997-1998 school year to a class of freshmen as a school within the Shelby County Schools district. The freshmen of the 1997-98 school year voted the school's colors to be green and black, and the school's mascot to be the wolf. Every following year the school added a new class until 2001, when the first graduating class left Cordova High School.

The 2003-04 school year ended with Cordova High School leaving the Shelby County Schools district and joining the Memphis City Schools district. Cordova adopted a school uniform policy in Fall 2004, since the entire Memphis City Schools district adopted a uniform policy. All schools were required to adopt one at the time. A student petition created at the end of the 2014-2015 school year caught Principal Chandler's attention, bringing an end to the uniform policy after a vote by the parents. The uniform policy was replaced by a dress code.

Courses and programs[edit]

Cordova High School offers a wide range of opportunities for any type of student. Advanced Placement classes are available, preparing students for college. AP classes offered are AP European History, AP World History, AP U.S. History, AP Human Geography, AP Calculus AB, AP Statistics, AP Biology, AP Language and Composition, AP Literature and Composition, AP Chemistry, AP Physics B, AP Physics C, AP U.S. Government and Politics, AP Macroeconomics, AP Psychology, AP Spanish Language, AP French Language, AP Environmental Science, AP Music Theory, and AP Studio Art.[3] The school also offers vocational education classes, such as cosmetology, automotive, and technology based courses. Different extracurricular activities are available, with sports teams ranging from soccer, cross country, and basketball, to golf and a dance team.[4] There is a daily school television show starring students from the film and video classes, as well as debate teams, several language classes, and a student government association, and thespian group which has held Eastern Tennessee's Thespian Conference for the past 5 years hosted by Christopher Luter. There are many service organizations, including Beta Club, National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, and Key Club, as well as organizations that prepare students for the real world such as FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) and FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America). Cordova High School also has a strong Knowledge Bowl team, which competes in trivia tournaments. Other academic teams include Math Competition Team, Science Olympiad, and Model U.N.[5]

Feeder patterns[edit]

Memphis City Schools elementary and middle schools in the area that feeds students into Cordova High School are:

  • Cordova Elementary School
  • Kate Bond Elementary School
  • Cordova Middle School
  • Kate Bond Middle School

The following Shelby County elementary schools also feed into Cordova:

  • Chimneyrock Elementary School
  • Dexter Elementary School (partial)
  • Macon-Hall Elementary School (partial)

The following Shelby County middle schools also feed into Cordova:

  • Dexter Middle School (partial)
  • Mt. Pisgah Middle School (partial)


Cordova athletic programs include football, soccer, cheer, wrestling, bowling, tennis and clay shooting. They have won team championships in boys' track in 2004 and 2009.[6]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ ""Administration at Cordova High.
  2. ^ "Cordova High School". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved November 11, 2017. 
  3. ^ ""General and AP courses at Cordova High.
  4. ^ ""Cordova Athletics.
  5. ^ ""Activities Offered at Cordova High.
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-06-07. Retrieved 2008-08-15. 

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