Powell High School (Tennessee)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Powell High School
110910powellhs t607.jpg
2136 W. Emory Road
Powell, Tennessee, (Knox County) 37849
United States
Coordinates 36°01′40″N 84°01′52″W / 36.0278862°N 84.0310651°W / 36.0278862; -84.0310651Coordinates: 36°01′40″N 84°01′52″W / 36.0278862°N 84.0310651°W / 36.0278862; -84.0310651
School type public
Motto Pride. Honor. Success.
Established 1948
School district Knox County Schools
NCES School ID 470222000755[1]
Principal Dr. Chad Smith
Faculty 78.6 (FTE)
Grades 9-12
Number of students 1409
Color(s)           Orange & Black
Mascot Panthers

Powell High School is a public high school located in Powell, Tennessee, just north of Knoxville. It is part of the Knox County Schools.

The first high school in Powell was established in 1874 and was called Perkins High School. In 1916, it was renamed for Columbus Powell, the prominent person for whom the Powell Railroad Depot had been named earlier.[2] The current school was established in 1948. Its most recent renovation was completed in 1985.

The principal is Chad Smith. Assistant principals are Jan Deaderick, Madeline Ferguson, and Amos Whitehead.[3][4]


The school has a total of 45 classrooms along with a football stadium, field and track, softball field, baseball field, football practice field, basketball gymnasium, and the Powell High Sports Complex. Due to the recent rezoning in the Knox County School system the school is now over-capacity and has 11 teachers without classrooms.[citation needed]


Powell High School athletic teams are members of and are sanctioned by the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association.

Powell High School went to State in football in 2011[5] and the semi finals in 2012.[6]

The 2008-2009 & 2010-2011 Powell Baseball team finished in first place in the Tennessee AAA District 3.[7]

Student Driver Awareness Campaign[edit]

Beginning in 2009, the Powell High School Teen Driver Awareness Program has existed to raise awareness of the unusually high rate of teenaged automobile fatalities of current and recently graduated students of Powell High School.[8] The program seeks to educate students to the need for seatbelt use, occasionally rewarding students caught using their seat belts on campus with gift certificates to local merchants. The Rural Metro Fire Department, Knox County Sheriffs Office and the Knoxville Volunteer Rescue Squad stage an annual demonstration of the potential effects of a fatal vehicle accident, utilizing students from the Powell High School Drama Department as mock victims. In the four years of the program, teen driver fatalities at the school are down 75%.[9]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "Search for Public Schools - School Detail for Gibbs High School". National Center for Education Statistics. Institute of Education Sciences. Retrieved Sep 9, 2013. 
  2. ^ Robert J. Booker, Sources good for schools' history, Knoxville News Sentinel, January 17, 2006.
  3. ^ http://www.knoxschools.org/domain/3689
  4. ^ "Powell High Faculty & Staff". Retrieved 2013-09-09. 
  5. ^ "HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL DATABASE". Retrieved 2013-09-09. 
  6. ^ "Columbia Central vs. Powell". Retrieved 2013-09-09. 
  7. ^ "AAA District 3 Baseball Standings". Retrieved 2013-09-09. 
  8. ^ "Powell BPA, Rural/Metro emphasize safety in annual Teen Safe Driver Week". The Knoxville Focus. 2012-04-22. Retrieved 2013-09-09. 
  9. ^ "Rural/Metro Teen Driver Awareness Program". Rural/Metro Corporation. Retrieved 2013-09-09. 

External links[edit]