Merrol Hyde Magnet School
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|Merrol Hyde Magnet School|
|Motto||Mandatus Ad Virtutem (Committed to Excellence)|
|Number of students||650-670|
|Color(s)||Blue & Gold|
|Website||Merrol Hyde Magnet School|
Merrol Hyde Magnet School (MHMS) is a K–12 school in Hendersonville, Tennessee adhering to the Paideia philosophy. It is the only magnet school in Sumner County and ranked third in Tennessee and 195th in the nation.
MHMS was established in 2003 on the former campus of Knox Doss Middle School, next to Hendersonville Medical Center. The school served grades 5–9 in its first school year. The second school year, 2004–05, the school had students in grades K–10 with the addition of a new elementary wing. The 2005–06 school year served grades K–11. The 2006–07 school year brought the first ever graduating class of MHMS. There were 57 college-bound graduates in the class of 2007. In 2013, Vice Principal Betty Hunter was replaced by Jason Bennett. Principal Brad Schreiner was replaced in 2014 by Todd Stinson, and Darren Frank is the new and current principal for the 2016-2017 school year.
In order to be admitted into Merrol Hyde Magnet School, one must meet strict selection criteria. Once an application is submitted, the prospective student is administered a standardized test. In order to gain entry into the school, the student must score in at least the 85th percentile. After this, the student is placed on a waiting list. The acceptance priorities are as follows.
1st: People who have siblings in the school are accepted first.
2nd: The people that got the highest scores will be placed further near the top.
There are waiting lists for most every grade in the school. If at any point during the school year, a student leaves, then the first person on the waiting list will be contacted. If he/she is unavailable to join Merrol Hyde, then it goes to the 2nd person and so on.
Apart from other Sumner County Schools, Merrol Hyde Magnet School adheres to a strict dress code. Grades K–12 must wear specific style numbers of a very limited selection of garments from Lands' End, French Toast, or Parker School Uniforms. Logo hoodies may only be purchased from the office. No non-dress code outerwear may be worn in the building during the day. Girls may not wear skirts shorter than 3 inches in the bend in the back of the knee. Other elements of the dress code include belts, a ban on flip flops, etc.
Sports include golf, tennis, soccer, football (middle school only, although the 2013-2014 school year didn't have a team - Varsity joins with Station Camp High School), archery, basketball, swimming, volleyball, track, cross country, bowling, cheer-leading, dance team, cycling, and walking. Each student 7-12 grade is required to participate in a sport each year.