Father Ryan High School
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|Father Ryan High School|
|700 Norwood Drive
Nashville, Tennessee 37204
|Motto||A Tradition of Faith, Knowledge, Service.|
|Religious affiliation(s)||Roman Catholic|
|Oversight||Roman Catholic Diocese of Nashville|
|Teaching staff||83.1 (on a FTE basis)|
|Student to teacher ratio||11.4|
|Color(s)||Purple and White|
|Accreditation||Southern Association of Colleges and Schools|
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In September 1954 the school began admitting black students, making it the first racially integrated school in Tennessee.
Father Ryan High School's first campus was at 2300 Elliston Place, which was dedicated in 1929. Father Ryan remained here for 62 years and expanded twice, but eventually it outgrew these facilities and during the summer of 1991 relocated to its present home on Norwood Drive in the Oak Hill area of Nashville, TN. The school's original name was Nashville Catholic High School for Boys.
This 40-acre (160,000 m2) site includes an academic building containing computer labs, science labs, and classrooms. There is also an administrative cloister building which houses art and drama rooms, band room, dining hall, and the St. James Chapel. The field house contains three full size basketball courts, a wrestling room, workout areas, locker rooms, and coaching offices. The site also has softball, baseball, soccer, football fields and a track. Recent additions include a freestanding Library, a football stadium and Center for the Arts.
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Father Ryan High School is a college-preparatory secondary school. Twenty-six Advanced Placement courses are offered.
The demographic breakdown of the 945 students enrolled in 2013-2014 was:
- Native American/Alaskan - 0%
- Asian/Pacific islanders - 3.6%
- Black - 4.9%
- Hispanic - 1.6%
- White - 89.2%
- Multiracial - 0.7%
Father Ryan is a member of the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association and Division II Class AAA E/M Region. The Father Ryan athletic program includes football, basketball, soccer, golf, baseball, track, cross country, volleyball, golf, swimming & diving, tennis, softball, wrestling, lacrosse, ice hockey, bowling, cheerleading and rugby.
- Monroe J. Carell, Jr., President & CEO, Central Parking System, Inc.
- David Choby, Bishop of Diocese of Nashville
- Lou Graham, professional golfer,
- Chip Saltsman, Former Tennessee GOP Chairman
- John Lawrence Seigenthaler, journalist
- John Seigenthaler, Jr., journalist
- Monica Wehby, pediatric neurosurgeon, 2014 Republican candidate for U.S. Senate seat from Oregon
- James F. "Boots" Donnelly, American football player and coach
- Prince Charles Iworah, NFL cornerback for the Kansas City Chiefs
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