Education in Memphis, Tennessee

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Early nursing class in Memphis

Memphis, Tennessee is home to a range of public and private institutions serving various educational needs. At the primary and secondary levels the metropolitan area is served by the Memphis City Schools system, the Shelby County Schools in the surrounding suburbs and a number of private schools, including some with religious affiliations. Major post-secondary institutions include the Southwest Tennessee Community College, the University of Memphis, Christian Brothers University, Rhodes College and the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.

Private schools[edit]

Colleges and universities[edit]


St. Jude Children's Research Hospital[edit]

Memphis is also home to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, a world class medical research facility.

1996 Nobel Laureate Peter C. Doherty conducts research at this facility. There are also several other major medical teaching institutions in the city, including the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (Colleges of Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy and Allied Health Sciences), the Southern College of Optometry and the Baptist Memorial College of Health Sciences.


The Memphis Training School for Nurses, progenitor of the School of Nursing, was chartered September 28, 1887.[2]

The University of Tennessee College of Dentistry was founded in 1878 making it the oldest dental college in the South, and the third oldest public college of dentistry in the United States.[3]

The Christian Brothers High School Band is the oldest high school band in America, founded in 1872. [4]


  1. ^ Dowd, James. Victory University to close due to financial difficulties. Memphis Commercial Appeal, March 6, 2014.
  2. ^ University of Tennessee-Memphis Website - School of Nursing History
  3. ^ University of Tennessee-Memphis Dentistry Website Archived 2000-08-23 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Bolton, Patrick (2011). The Christian Brothers Band, "The Oldest High School Band in America" 1872-1947. Christian Brothers Archives: Master's Thesis.