Karns High School
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|Karns High School|
2710 Byington Solway Road
|Color(s)||blue and gold|
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.
- 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.
Karns High School provides a number of extracurricular activities for its students.
The mascot for Karns High School is the Beaver.
- Karns High school rivals - Powell High School and Hardin Valley High School
- Sports offered include:
- Cross Country
- Ultimate Frisbee
Fine arts and literary clubs
- Concert Band
- Drama (Musical Theatre)
- Marching band
- Yearbook Staff
Other clubs and teams
- Academic Team
- CDC & Peer Tutoring
- Color Guard
- Family Career Community Leaders of America (FCCLA)
- Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA)
- Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA)
- Health Occupation Students of America (Hosa)
- Key Club
- Marching Band
- National Honors Society
- Scholars' Bowl
- Student Government Association (SGA)
- Technology Student Association (TSA)
- Ultimate Frisbee
- Young Life
- Winter Guard
- Future Teachers of America (FTA)
- Trevor Bayne, NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series Driver
- Phil Bozeman, lead vocalist for the deathcore band Whitechapel
- Andrew Carlton, Christian singer
- Will Chambers Singer, songwriter.
- Wilbert Cherry, first African American basketball player at The University of Tennessee
- Cylk Cozart, actor whose credits include Conspiracy Theory and 16 Blocks
- Cale Iorg, former minor league baseball player in the Detroit Tigers organization
- Dwight Smith Played baseball at Austin Peay, he was a four-year starter and 1st team all O.V.V. He also coached for the Beavers for 17 seasons and is the all-time winningest coach boasting a record 287 wins and 12 district appearances, winning 4 of the 12 district championships. He also coached his team to 1 state championship appearance but was defeated by Montgomery Bell Academy. In 2003 The Karns baseball field was named after Mr. Dwight Smith.
- Doug Roth, who played for the University of Tennessee, and the NBA's Washington Bullets.
- Devin Sibley who played for Furman and was a 3x SoCon player of the year
Honors and awards
- 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
- "Karns High School". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved November 3, 2018.
- Dave Hooker, Bayne's biggest problem: beating age minimum, Knoxville News Sentinel, May 5, 2008
- Mike Strange, Talent more than skin deep, GoVolsXtra website (Knoxville News Sentinel), February 23, 2009