Harriman High School
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|Harriman High School|
|Harriman, Tennessee, Roane County
|School type||Public, Secondary|
|School district||Roane County Schools|
|Principal||L. Scott Calahan|
|Athletics conference||Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association|
|Rival||Rockwood High School|
Until 1999, Harriman High School was part of the separate Harriman City School System, which was a legacy of the city's founding in the late nineteenth century as a planned community and "utopia" by temperance movement leaders from the northeastern U.S. and the East Tennessee Land Company. Harriman High came under the authority of the Roane County School System when taxpayers voted to stop paying for a separate system in 1999. Three previous votes on the topic had failed to surrender the system. Proponents of Harriman's separate system claimed the city long had better schools than its county neighbors; those in favor of surrender argued that the town's vanishing industrial base made paying for separate schools impractical.
Harriman's campus is located at the intersection of Georgia and Roane Streets and its athletic teams compete in Richard Pickell Gymnasium, on Wallace-Black Field, and Sharieffa Barksdale Track.
Harriman's mascot is the Blue Devil. Reportedly, an early member of the school board was an alumnus of Duke University, and used his alma mater's nickname for Harriman. The Blue Devils' historical rivals are the Tigers from Rockwood High School in Rockwood, Tennessee and the two share Tennessee's oldest football rivalries.
In Tennessee high school football, the rivalry between Harriman and Rockwood is the state’s oldest as the Blue Devils and Tigers have the state’s longest consecutive running rivalry. Harriman and Rockwood started playing in 1921 and have played every year since 1924. The 2017 Season will mark the 98th time the teams have played.
Harriman High School is the alma mater of:
- U.S. Olympic hurdler Sharieffa Barksdale (1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games)
- Former University of Tennessee football player Jeremaine Copeland, who starred on UT's 1998 National Championship team. Copeland led Harriman to a Class AA state basketball championship and an appearance in the Class AA state football title game during a time when Harriman was one of the state's smallest Class AA schools.
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