Father Ryan High School

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Father Ryan High School
700 Norwood Drive
Nashville, Tennessee 37204
United States
Coordinates 36°5′53″N 86°46′1″W / 36.09806°N 86.76694°W / 36.09806; -86.76694Coordinates: 36°5′53″N 86°46′1″W / 36.09806°N 86.76694°W / 36.09806; -86.76694
Type Private, Coeducational
Motto A Tradition of Faith, Knowledge, Service.
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Established 1925
Oversight Roman Catholic Diocese of Nashville
President Jim McIntyre
Principal Paul Davis
Chaplain Papa Gorham
Teaching staff 83.1 (on a FTE basis)
Grades 912
Gender Coeducational
Enrollment 945 (2013-14)
Student to teacher ratio 11.4
Color(s) Purple and White
Nickname Irish
Accreditation Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
Newspaper The Moina
Yearbook Irish Pride

Father Ryan High School is a private, Roman Catholic high school in Nashville, Tennessee. Founded in 1925, it is located in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Nashville and named for Abram J. Ryan.


In September 1954 the school began admitting black students, making it the first racially integrated school in Tennessee.[3]


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.[4] 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.[5]


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:[1]

  • 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.[6][citation needed]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Search for Private Schools - School Detail for Father Ryan High School". nces.ed.gov. US Department of Education. Retrieved 20 October 2016. 
  2. ^ "AdvancED - Institution Summary". advanc-ed.org. Retrieved 20 October 2016. 
  3. ^ Tamburin, Adam (August 21, 2014). "Father Ryan marks 60 years of integrated classrooms". The Tennessean. Retrieved 2016-12-22. 
  4. ^ Father Ryan High School: History, fatherryan.org; accessed December 24, 2014.
  5. ^ Father Ryan High School: Athletics History, fatherryan.org; accessed December 24, 2014.
  6. ^ "Father Ryan High School | Athletics". www.fatherryan.org. Retrieved 2015-10-15. 
  7. ^ "Kentucky New Era - Google News Archive Search". news.google.com. Retrieved 2015-11-20. 
  8. ^ "WKU's Iworah goes from praying for walk-on spot to starting as confident cornerback". Bowling Green Daily News. Retrieved January 17, 2018. 

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