Hunters Lane High School

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Hunters Lane High School
1150 Hunters Lane
Nashville, Tennessee 37207
United States
Coordinates 36°16′47″N 86°45′15″W / 36.2796°N 86.7541°W / 36.2796; -86.7541Coordinates: 36°16′47″N 86°45′15″W / 36.2796°N 86.7541°W / 36.2796; -86.7541
Type Comprehensive High School
Established 1986
Principal Dr. Susan Kessler[1]
Faculty 100
Grades 9 - 12
Number of students 1700
School color(s) orange and royal blue
Athletics TSSAA
Mascot Warriors

Hunters Lane High School (formerly Hunters Lane Comprehensive High School; commonly Hunters Lane, HLHS) is a public school in Nashville, Tennessee, operated by Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools. The school opened in 1986 and had its first graduating class in 1987. It serves approximately 1700 students. In March 2012, the Metro Board of Education dropped the "Comprehensive" title from all its zoned schools to reflect the district's new emphases on smaller learning communities and thematic career academies.[2] As a zoned high school, the school's population is primarily composed of graduates of Madison, Neely's Bend, and Goodlettsville Middle Schools.[3]


Hunters Lane Comprehensive High School opened in 1986 after closing Goodlettsville High School and Madison High School; the school at the time had six feeder schools. Incidentally, the colors for the school's sports teams are orange and royal blue, a combination of the Blue of Goodlettsville High School's Trojans and the Orange of Madison High School's Rams. In its first years, the school played most of its outdoor athletic events at other schools until its playing facilities were complete. Members of school's first graduating class of 347 people wrote the school's current alma mater in AP English Literature and Composition. The 1987 senior class would also vote on the school's nickname and mascot of the "Warrior"; "Wolverine" was the runner-up.[4]


Hunters Lane is noted for its local, state, national, and international presence in sports and performance arts. Sports teams such as the baseball, softball, football, men's and women's basketball, men's and women's track and field, and men's and women's tennis teams are frequently accepted to tournament play following regular season play. Hunters Lane features an award-winning marching band and an internationally acclaimed Chamber Choir. The band's students of the class of 2014 were all offered full scholarships to Concordia University in Selma, Alabama, after Concordia's band director saw one of Hunters Lane's performances.[5][6] Also featured for students are classes in the culinary and vocational arts, digital media design, and emergency medicine. The school maintains a U.S. Army JROTC battalion, under the supervision of LTC Barry S. Sprouse, U.S. Army (Ret.). The school formerly featured a Forensic team, a speech and debate club which participated in events such as Student Congress, National Extemporaneous Speaking, and Prose and Poetry Interpretation. The team was a perennial contender for top team in the Metro Forensic League, often placing third behind Antioch and Overton High Schools.

International Baccalaureate Programme (IB)[edit]

In 2000, the school received the approval to become a member of the International Baccalaureate Programme, or IB, an international program which provides advanced education to more intelligent children seeking more of a challenge. In 2004, Hunters Lane saw its first IB class graduate, making Hunters Lane High School the first school in the State of Tennessee to successfully initiate and graduate an IB program class.[7] That same year program expanded to Hillsboro High School[8] and later to Antioch High School in 2014.[9]

The school currently offers IB core courses in English literature, history, biology, two levels of math, world language offerings of Spanish and French, theory of knowledge, and electives in psychology, visual art, and music. All courses are two years in length and available as a full diploma program, the IB core courses plus one elective, or as individual a-la-carte offerings, known as certificate courses.

Academy Model[edit]

Along with many of its cohort MNPS high schools, Hunters Lane is divided into several career academies. Students enter into the school's Freshman Academy in the 9th grade year and elect to enter one of the upperclassmen thematic career academies for the 10th-12th grade year. Each academy has several elective pathways that students can choose from based on their own interests. Within each academy, students have common core courses in most subjects. The faculty of each academy meet together weekly to discuss student progress and plan interdisciplinary units and academy enrichment activities. The academies are:

Ninth Grade Academy

  • The Freshman Academy

Thematic Career Academies

  • The Academy of Health and Human Services ("The Humanitarians")
  • The Academy of International Baccalaureate ("The Humanitarians", this academy shares faculty with Health and Human Services)
  • The Academy of Hospitality and Marketing and Business ("The Aficionados and the Executives")

Since 2012, Hunters Lane has hosted an interdisciplinary project fair often organized around a common theme. Students examine a theme and its various curricular applications in their multiple academy classes. This work culminates in interdisciplinary academy projects that are presented at the fair. The theme in Spring 2012 was "living well", and the fair was titled "Warriors 4 Wellness." The theme in the spring of 2013 was "literacy" and the fair was titled "March 4 Literacy."[10]

Notable Student Clubs[edit]

Notable graduates[edit]


  1. ^ "Hunters Lane High School Profile". MNPS. Metro Nashville Public Schools. Archived from the original on 8 August 2014. Retrieved 22 July 2014. 
  2. ^ Garrison, Joey. "Metro high schools may drop 'comprehensive' label." The City Paper. 12 March 2012. 9 March 2013.
  3. ^ Lane "Schools Listed by Cluster" Check |url= value (help). Metro Nashville Public Schools. Retrieved 7 February 2014. 
  4. ^ Catalan, Armando (3 May 2012). "Past look at Hunters Lane High School". Warrior Times Online. Hunters Lane Warrior Times. Retrieved 11 May 2014. 
  5. ^ Lester, DeeGee (25 April 2014). "The Rewards of Dedication". Nashville Arts Magazine. Nashville Arts Magazine. Retrieved 4 June 2014. 
  6. ^ MetroSchools (14 Feb 2014). "Every senior in the Hunters Lane band gets a scholarship offer from the same school". Children First. Metro Nashville Public Schools. Retrieved 4 June 2014. 
  7. ^ MetroSchools (7 April 2014). "Metro high schools are the most challenging in Tennessee". Children First. Metro Nashville Public Schools. Archived from the original on 11 April 2014. Retrieved 11 April 2014. 
  8. ^ "School History". Hillsboro High School. Metro Nashville Public Schools. Archived from the original on 3 December 2013. Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
  9. ^ Garrison, Joey (20 August 2012). "Metro plans to expand International Baccalaureate to Antioch High School". The City Paper. Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
  10. ^ "Financial Education for L.I.F.E." Academies of Nashville Blog. 4 Feb 2013. 12 July 2013.
  11. ^ "Financial Education for L.I.F.E." Academies of Nashville Blog. 4 Feb 2013. 12 July 2013.
  12. ^ North, Mark (10 April 2014). "North Sports Report – April 10, 2014". Children First. Metro Nashville Public Schools. Retrieved 11 April 2014. 

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