Jackson Central-Merry High School

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Jackson Central-Merry High School
332 Lane Ave
Jackson, Tennessee 38301

United States
Coordinates 35°37′40″N 88°48′41″W / 35.627774°N 88.811347°W / 35.627774; -88.811347Coordinates: 35°37′40″N 88°48′41″W / 35.627774°N 88.811347°W / 35.627774; -88.811347
Established 1970 (combination of Jackson High and Merry High) it closed in 2016
School district Jackson-Madison County School District
Superintendent Dr. Verna D. Ruffin
Principal Dr. Charles H Clark Jr
Grades 9–12
Mascot Cougar

Jackson Central-Merry High School (also known as Jackson Central High School or JCM) was a public four-year high school located in Jackson, Tennessee, USA. The school was active from 1970 to 2016. Jackson Central-Merry was once the largest high school in West Tennessee outside Memphis.


The school was formed in 1970 as a consolidation of predominantly white Jackson High School and predominantly black Merry High School.[1] It was the first integrated high school in Jackson. The former Jackson High became the new school's "west campus" and the former Merry High became the "east campus." The school initially taught students in grades 10, 11 and 12. Freshmen students were added after the Jackson city school system consolidated with the Madison County system in the early 1990s.

Three city junior high schools (later middle schools) originally fed into JCM: Tigrett Junior High School, Jackson Junior High School and Parkway Junior High School. The school mascot was the Cougar. School colors were green and gold.

In 2003, the west campus became Madison Academic Magnet High School. Jackson Central-Merry was then entirely housed on the former east campus. Oman Arena is located between both campuses.

Jackson Central-Merry Academy of Medical Technology Magnet High School[edit]

JCM was awarded the High School Redesign Grant, which provided $1.5 million over a three-year period to create the Jackson Central-Merry Academy of Medical Technology Magnet High School program, which was completed in 2010.[2]

Beginning in the 2010-11 school year, Jackson Central-Merry High School began offering a health science magnet school program. The program was intended to help incoming freshmen become certified in a healthcare related area upon the completion of high school.[3]

The program curriculum focused on advancing one of four fields of study:

In December, 2015, the Jackson-Madison County School Board voted to close JCM after the 2015-16 academic year. Upon its closure, the school had graduated 46 senior classes over as many academic years.

Notable alumni[edit]