Hillwood High School

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Hillwood High School
400 Davidson Rd.

United States
Coordinates36°07′07″N 86°52′24″W / 36.1185°N 86.87347°W / 36.1185; -86.87347Coordinates: 36°07′07″N 86°52′24″W / 36.1185°N 86.87347°W / 36.1185; -86.87347
TypePublic high school
Motto"We are Hillwood!"
School districtMetropolitan Nashville Public Schools
PrincipalStephen Sheaffer
Number of students1,399
Color(s)Kelly Green and White
Athletics conferenceTSSAA 6-4A

Hillwood Comprehensive High School is a public high school located in Nashville, Tennessee and is part of the Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) District. The school mascot is the Hilltopper and the school colors are kelly green, black and white. Hillwood was built in 1959.


Hillwood offers all levels of academics. Standard and honors level courses are available along with Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses. Hillwood became one of the first IB World Schools in Tennessee in February 2004. It offers the Diploma Programme. Additionally, the AVID (meaning Advancement Via Individual Determination) program is available. Hillwood is a Technology Site Demonstration school.


There are many sports available for students to participate in. The Topper Athletic Club (TAC) is a parent/faculty organization that helps support all sports teams. They generally meet once a month. All sporting events are overseen by the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association (TSSAA). Hillwood has had moderate success in athletics.

Sports at HHS include:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball (Boys & Girls)
  • Bowling (Boys & Girls)
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross Country (Boys & Girls)
  • Football
  • Golf (Boys & Girls)
  • Soccer (Boys & Girls)
  • Softball
  • Tennis (Boys & Girls)
  • Track (Boys & Girls)
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling
  • Dance Team

Team accomplishments[edit]

The football team was state championship contender in the 1990s and early 2000s under coach Jerry Link before their move from AAAA (4A) to AAAAA (5A), which was Tennessee's highest class. Now there are six classes and Hillwood is in 4A. The football team is currently coached by Kurt Page, who was previously coached at Father Ryan and won a state championship with the Irish in 1999. Prior to coaching, he was the starting quarterback at Vanderbilt University. He has led Hillwood back to the state playoffs for the first time since 2004 with a 5-5 record.

The wrestling team is known for their dominance in the 1970s under famed coach G. P. West, for whom the G. P. West Bruin Invitational is named, as well as its many State Champions and the Hillwood Invitational. Also the wrestling team had a great run in the mid-1990s under Al Posnack. His best year was the 1994-1995 campaign with a 13-1 record. The program was restarted by Jody Duncan in 2009-2010. He was a state runner up for Nashville Christian at 189 lbs.

The baseball team accumulated Hillwood's first state championship in any sport when they won the TSSAA AAA state championship over Maryville High School in 1977. William Brennan, who would later be a Major League pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago Cubs, played for Hillwood in 1981.

The Freshmen Girls Volleyball team found recent success when they won the Nashville City Championship in 2007.

The Basketball team is known for famed player Charles Hathaway who was a McDonald's All-American in 1996 and went on to play four years at the University of Tennessee. In addition, the boys basketball team was at one time coached by former Northern Illinois University head coach and long time Colorado Buffaloes head coach Ricardo Patton.


Hillwood has a few sports rivals. Their main rivalry is with Hillsboro High School in the annual "Battle of the Hills". Other rivals include John Overton High School, Glencliff High School, McGavock High School, and Father Ryan High School. Montgomery Bell Academy (MBA) has previously been a major rival as the schools are only two miles apart, but Hillwood has not been very competitive with that school since the public/private split.

Extracurricular Activities[edit]

  • Marching Band
  • Concert Band
  • Piano
  • Choir
  • Dance
  • Music Understanding
  • Orchestra
  • Theater
  • School Newspaper, "The Topper Times"

External links[edit]

  • "2006-2007 School Improvement Plan Information Form Hillwood Comprehensive High School". (57.2 KB)
  • "School facts and information". (79.8 KB)
  • Hillwood High School Theater Info: