Germantown High School (Tennessee)

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Germantown High School
Germantown High School (Germantown, Tennessee) (emblem).png
7653 Poplar Pike
Germantown, Tennessee
Type Public
Established 1910 (at present location)
Principal Head Principal: Barbara Harmon (2014-Present)
Faculty 184 (2013-2014)
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 2,789 (2013-2014)
Campus Suburban
Color(s) Red/White         
Mascot The Red Devils

Germantown High School is a public high school in Germantown, Tennessee. It is operated by Shelby County Schools. It is not a part of the Germantown Municipal School District.[1]


The city of Germantown and its businesses assist school programs at Germantown High School such as GHS-TV, a Public, educational, and government access (PEG) cable tv channel which is funded in part by the city with an annual allocation of $75,000.00. The Germantown Community Television Foundation, a non-profit group, also supports GHS-TV with $145,000.00 annually. The television station serves the community by broadcasting community news and school events. Another program, WET, Water Education Team, is a multiple curriculum focus on the Wolf River. This project is supported by a Goals 2000 Grant, Mid-South Flyfishers Club, and the Wolf River Conservatory.


  • Germantown High school received the Blue Ribbon School award from the United States Department of Education from 1994 to 1996.
  • 5-A Football Tennessee State Champions in 1983 and 2003 and Runner up in 1980, 1986, 1990, and 1994.[1]
  • Volleyball Tennessee State Champions in 1983, 1985, 1988, 1989, 1990, 2003, and 2005
  • The 1995 Baseball Team went 38–0 and were National Champions
  • Cheerleading National Champions in 1998, 2003, 2005, and 2006; also numerous regional and state titles.
  • The school has its own award-winning TV station which broadcasts 24/7 to residents in Germantown. GHS also has its own professional playhouse, the Poplar Pike Playhouse under the direction of Allison Long. Germantown High School's nationally recognized fine arts department was rated as one of the top of its kind in the nation. Students of these programs gain experience in areas such as reporting, producing, editing, acting, communications, choir, back stage work, costumes, and much more.[citation needed] The school's magazine, Iconoclast, has won numerous awards from such organizations as the National Council for Teachers of English, Scholastic Press Association, and the prestigious gold medal from Columbia University. The 2006–07 staff broke ground with a new layout and design that is already gaining awards buzz for the magazine.[citation needed] It is notable, for it is the first issue not to have a cover produced by the art department.[citation needed]

Germantown High School is the home of numerous teachers who have won Shelby County Teacher of the Year: Frank Bluestein, Billy Pullen, Janey Jackson, and Melinda Keller. Bluestein and Pullen won Tennessee Teacher of the Year.

Germantown High was also included in Newsweek's Best High Schools in 2012.


Germantown High School offers a variety of sports: baseball, basketball, bowling, cross country, football, golf, cheerleading, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track and field, volleyball, wrestling, dance, and trap shooting.

  • The Germantown Red Devil football team won state championships in 1983 and 2003. They were state football runners-up in 1980, 1986, 1990, and 1994.
  • The 1999 Germantown girls' soccer team won the TSSAA state championship and finished first in the country in the USA Today girls' soccer poll. They also won the state championship in 2001.[2]
  • The Germantown boys' soccer team won state championships in 1983 and 1984.
  • The Germantown boys' baseball team won the state championship in 1981, 1995, and 2001.[2]
  • The Germantown boys' baseball team won the 1995 National Championship with a record of 35–0
  • The boys' golf team won the state championship in 1997.
  • The girls' volleyball team has won the state championship seven times: in 1983, 1985, 1988, 1989, 1990, 2003 and 2005.
  • The boys' tennis team won the state championship in 1980.
  • In 2008 the Germantown High School dance team received the "Overall Grand Champion" award for achieving the contest's best score and best choreography designations. The team won first place in pom and third place in hip-hop with a "best showmanship" commendation.

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ Dries, Bill. "Cordova Parents Question Attendance Zone Changes." Memphis Daily News. March 10, 2014. Retrieved on March 11, 2014. "Germantown Elementary, Middle and High are not part of the new Germantown Schools system, making the explanation more complex."
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