Craigmont High School

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For the formerly named school in Idaho, see Highland High School (Craigmont, Idaho).
Craigmont High School
3333 Covington Pike
, Tennessee
United States
Coordinates 35°12′59″N 89°53′44″W / 35.2164°N 89.89554°W / 35.2164; -89.89554Coordinates: 35°12′59″N 89°53′44″W / 35.2164°N 89.89554°W / 35.2164; -89.89554
Type Public
Established 1974
Principal Tisha Durrah
Faculty 112
Enrollment 1,011
Color(s) Maroon/Gray        
Athletics 13 varsity teams
Mascot Chief
U.S. Secretary of Education John King Jr. at Craigmont High School, 2016

Craigmont High School is a public high school (grades 9–12) located in Memphis, Tennessee, in the Raleigh community. It was part of the Memphis City Schools district before consolidation with Shelby County Schools (Tennessee) beginning with the 2013-14 school year. It is home to the city's only International Studies Program. The school first opened in 1974 for only 7th through 10th grade students, but each subsequent year, added a grade higher. The first graduating class was the class of 1976. In 2001, the 7th and 8th grade students, along with the 6th grade students from Brownsville Road Optional Elementary School, formed the new Craigmont Middle School at the opposite end of the same block. This was done both to help overcrowding and to reduce the extreme age and maturity gaps present in a single building. Before the physical split between junior and senior high schools, junior high students (those in grades 7, 8, & 9) remain relegated to the north end of the building for classes while those senior high students (grades 10, 11, & 12) attended the majority of their classes in the south end of the school building. Former principal, Dr. Ada Jane Walters, would go on to become the Tennessee State Commissioner of Education.

Notable features[edit]

Craigmont High School is the only school in the entire Memphis area that has a MAC/OS operated Planetarium.



  • Baseball - Coach Matthew Hester
  • Basketball - Coach David Taylor
  • Bowling - Coach Alvin Wright
  • Cheerleading - Heather Graves
  • Cross Country - Coach Tim Anderson
  • Debate Sponsors - Sandra Edscorn and James Moseley
  • Football - Coach Cecil VanHooks
  • Marksmanship - Sgt. Aldridge
  • Senior Activity Coordinator – Valencia Jeffries
  • Soccer - Coach Alec Heist (women's) Jason Kelly (men's)
  • Softball - Coach Tim Anderson
  • Tennis - Coach
  • Track and Field - Ryan Smith (women's) Cecil VanHooks (men's)
  • Volleyball - Coach Tim Anderson


Notable alumni[edit]


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  2. ^ Kristina Goetz (November 13, 2010). "Muslim who shot soldier in Arkansas says he wanted to cause more death". The Knoxville News Sentinel. Retrieved November 15, 2010. 

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