Knoxville High School (Tennessee)

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Knoxville High School
Knoxville High School
LocationKnoxville, Tennessee
Builtca. 1910
ArchitectAlbert Baumann Sr.
Architectural styleNeoclassical Revival
Part ofEmory Place Historic District (ID94001259)
Added to NRHPNovember 10, 1994

Knoxville High School was a public high school in Knoxville, Tennessee, that operated from 1910 to 1951, enrolling grades 10 to 12. Its building is a contributing property in the Emory Place Historic District, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The building was more recently used for adult education programs offered by Knox County Schools.[1]

The building is currently being converted into senior assisted living[2]


The old Girls' High School, where Knoxville's female students attended high school before the opening of Knoxville High

The Knoxville High School building, located on East Fifth Avenue in Knoxville, was completed in 1910, enrolling male and female students who had previously attended separate high schools. W. J. Barton was the school's first principal. W. E. Evans served as principal from 1917 until the school closed in 1951. Enrollment grew to just over 2,000 in the early 1920s and reached a peak of about 2,300 around the beginning of World War II.[1]

The school was known for many years as a school sports powerhouse, winning a total of 13 Tennessee state championships and six Southern championships in football, as well as national championships in 1930 and 1937.[3]

By 1948, the building had become inadequate, and city schools Superintendent Tom Prince warned that the Southern Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools was threatening to strip Knoxville High's accreditation. In response, the city built three new schools: Fulton High School, West High School, East High School, and made improvements to South High School and Austin High.[4] Knoxville High closed in 1951.[1]

After the school was closed, the city school district used the building for administrative offices. Following consolidation of the city and county schools, Knox County Schools has used the building for adult education.[1]


The original Knoxville High School building was designed in a classical revival style by Knoxville architect Albert Baumann Sr., who also designed the Knoxville Post Office and Federal Building, the Andrew Johnson Hotel, and the Cherokee Country Club, as well as some of the city's early-20th-century Victorian homes.[1] The building was expanded in both 1914 and 1920 to accommodate increased enrollment.[1]

The building is included in the Emory Place Historic District, which was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on November 10, 1994. Knox Heritage, a local historic preservation organization, included it on its 2010 "Fragile Fifteen" list of endangered historic properties due to concerns about its ongoing maintenance.[1] A World War I monument, erected in 1921, stands on the school's front lawn.[5]

Notable alumni[edit]

Notable people who attended Knoxville High School include the following:


  1. ^ a b c d e f g John Shearer, Historic Knoxville High Recognized for Classic Revival Detailing, Knoxville News Sentinel, May 28, 2010
  2. ^ Stephanie Beecken, Historic Knoxville High School on its way to becoming senior living facility, WATE, April 30, 2016
  3. ^ John Shearer, Historic Knoxville High: Did You Know?, Knoxville News Sentinel, May 29, 2010
  4. ^ Robert J. Booker, "Replacing Knoxville High School Took Big Effort," Knoxville News Sentinel, 10 January 2012. Retrieved: 10 January 2012.
  5. ^ Ann Bennett, National Register of Historic Places Nomination Form for Emory Place Historic District, May 1994.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l John Shearer, Famous alumni from Knoxville High School, Knoxville News Sentinel, May 28, 2010
  7. ^ "Bartlett, Thomas G. « Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame".
  8. ^ a b Hall of Fame Banquet, Knoxville News Sentinel, October 30, 2011. Page 8E.
  9. ^ 1946 Trojan (yearbook), Knoxville High School
  10. ^ "Roddie Edmonds |". Retrieved 2018-09-12.
  11. ^ "HomeGrown: John Ward (November 2010)". WBIR-TV. June 20, 2018.
  12. ^ "Ex-brigadier general is featured speaker".