East Nashville Magnet High School

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East Nashville Magnet School
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110 – 112 Gallatin Rd.


Coordinates36°10′48″N 86°45′04″W / 36.1799°N 86.7511°W / 36.1799; -86.7511Coordinates: 36°10′48″N 86°45′04″W / 36.1799°N 86.7511°W / 36.1799; -86.7511
TypeMagnet high school
Motto"Come Soar with the Eagles"
PrincipalJamie Jenkins
Grades9 through 12
School color(s)Red and Gray
AthleticsTSSAA - Class AA, District 9

East Nashville Magnet High School (formerly East Literature Magnet School) is a public high school located in Nashville, Tennessee. Students were once enrolled through a lottery process, but the school now has open enrollment. East Nashville Magnet previously served grades 5 through 12 as a combined middle and high school. However, as of August 2016, both buildings only serve grades 9 through 12. Only the bottom two floors of the junior high building are utilized by the school. The middle school students were relocated about two miles away to what used to be Bailey STEM Magnet School Prep before its closure.


The then-East Literature Magnet School opened in August 1993 inside the campus of East Middle School. The school now occupies the entire campus of the former East Nashville High and East Nashville Junior High Schools. In September 2005, the new campus was dedicated, and the completion of renovation of buildings 'A' and 'B' were celebrated. The school now has separate middle and high school facilities. East became a Paideia curriculum school in 2010. The Paideia philosophy celebrates the fundamental notion that to be fully educated is a lifelong adventure that only begins with an individual's formal schooling. The school name was changed to East Nashville Magnet School in mid-2012.


Nearly every course offered at East is an honors course, meaning that the teaching is fast-paced, and students are given 3 extra credit points at the end of each semester. The school also offers many AP courses, including AP Psychology, Art History, Literature and Composition, Physics, and Calculus. Because the Paideia philosophy the school maintains, students must take part in a class seminar once a month. It ranks as a top high school in Davidson County. The school has met NCLB benchmarks every year.


East Magnet offers sports such as soccer, football, basketball, wrestling, volleyball, tennis, bowling, golf, football, track and field, softball, baseball, cheerleading, and cross country.


  • 1997 – 2000: Tom Ward
  • 2000 – 2003: Kaye Schnieder
  • 2003 – 2009: Frances Stewart
  • 2009 – 2018: Stephen Ball
  • 2018 – present: Jamie Jenkins

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Frank Sutton, 1941, American actor best remembered for his role as Gunnery Sergeant Vince Carter on the CBS television series Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.
  • Bill Porter, 1949, American audio engineer credited with helping shape the Nashville sound
  • Oprah Winfrey, 1972, American media proprietor, talk show host, actress, producer, and philanthropist
  • Bill Boner, 1963, 3rd Mayor of Metropolitan Nashville-Davidson County

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