Karns High School

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Karns High School
2710 Byington Solway Road

United States
Coordinates35°58′09″N 84°07′48″W / 35.96909°N 84.1301°W / 35.96909; -84.1301Coordinates: 35°58′09″N 84°07′48″W / 35.96909°N 84.1301°W / 35.96909; -84.1301
PrincipalBrad Corum
Enrollment1,221 (2015-16)[1]
Color(s)blue and gold          

Karns High School is a public high school in the Karns community of Knox County, Tennessee administered by the Knox County Schools public school district.

A growing population in western Knox County required its establishment in 1913; prior to this time, students were assigned to Central High School, located several miles away in nearby Knoxville. As of the 2008-2009 academic year there were about 1,900 enrolled students.

Since 1995, Karns High School has educated students in grades 9 through 12. In 2008, the school underwent construction to add additional cafeteria to serve the influx of new students.

Instructional program[edit]

  • Karns High School is 1 of 16 Knox County schools.
  • Foreign languages offered at Karns are French, German, Latin, and Spanish.
  • Nearby, Byington is considered to be one of the top vocational and technical supplimentarys in East Tennessee. Currently 9 of the other 15 Knox county schools charter buses to Byington Vocational so that other students are presented with an opportunity to participate in this program. Options are being considered to introduce a new internship program in which student can obtain full-time jobs upon graduation.
  • The student to teacher ratio is 16:1.
  • The graduation rate is 91% which is above the state average of 84%.
  • The student body makeup is 52% female 48% male, and the total minority enrollment is 21%.
  • 32% of the student body qualifies for low income aid.
  • 2017 Enrollment: 1,213.

Extracurricular activities[edit]

Karns High School provides a number of extracurricular activities for its students.


The mascot for Karns High School is the Beaver.

Fine arts and literary clubs[edit]

Other clubs and teams[edit]

Notable alumni[edit]

Honors and awards[edit]

  • Knoxville's Best Award
  • Knoxville's Best Teacher Award
  • PDK Principal of the Year - 2002 Diane Psihogios
  • PDK Assistant Principal of the Year - 2002 David Boggan
  • Leadership Education
  • Five 21st Century Classrooms
  • Optimist Club Sportsmanship Award
  • Graduating classes averaging over $1.99 million in scholarships
  • ACOM / Panasonic Cultural Exchange Program to Japan (Winners: Rosita Najmi, James Parnell, and Eric Levi Dixon)
  • UT Whittle Scholars
  • 7 National Merit Finalists
  • Special Recognition Area 5 Special Olympics
  • United Way Award of Appreciation
  • 1 Profile in Courage Essay Contest Honorable Mention


  1. ^ "Karns High School". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved November 3, 2018.
  2. ^ Dave Hooker, Bayne's biggest problem: beating age minimum, Knoxville News Sentinel, May 5, 2008
  3. ^ Mike Strange, Talent more than skin deep, GoVolsXtra website (Knoxville News Sentinel), February 23, 2009
  4. ^ http://ncidigitalmedia.com/display_article.php?id=686769

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