South-Doyle High School

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South-Doyle High School
2020 Tipton Station Road
Knoxville, TN 37920
United States
Type Public
Motto "Pursue A Culture of Excellence for All Students!"
Opened 1991
School district Knox County Schools
Superintendent Dr. James P. McIntyre
Faculty 83 (2011-2012)
Grades 9 to 12
Gender coed
Enrollment 1134 (2011-2012)
Campus size Main Campus (Sophomore-Senior) Young Campus (Freshman Academy)
Campus type suburban
Color(s) Navy and Red
Mascot Cherokees ('Kees)
Newspaper The Phoenix
Feeder schools South-Doyle Middle School

South-Doyle High School is a Southern Association of Colleges and Schools' accredited high school located at 2020 Tipton Station Road in Knoxville, Tennessee, operated by the Knox County Schools school district.

The school community is composed of families from varied situations living in rural, urban, and suburban areas. The official feeder school is South-Doyle Middle School which gains students from Bonny Kate Elementary, Dogwood Elementary, Gap Creek Elementary, Mooreland Heights Elementary, Mount Olive Elementary, New Hopewell Elementary, and South Knoxville Elementary School.[1] Tim Berry is the current head principal. He entered into this position beginning in the 2011–2012 school year.[2]


South-Doyle High School shares a history with several former schools. Young High School was established in 1913, followed by South High School in 1952 and Doyle High School in 1968. In 1976, Young and South were merged to form South-Young High School.[3] In 1991, Doyle and South-Young were merged, creating the current South-Doyle High School.[4] The campus includes both the former Doyle High campus (now the main campus area) and the campus for the former Doyle Middle school (now the Young campus).[citation needed]


South-Doyle offers advanced placement (AP), college preparatory, honors, traditional, and vocational courses. The four core subjects of Math (Algebra I & II, Geometry, Pre-Calculus, Calculus, and Statistics offered), Science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Astronomy offered), English (sections I-IV), and Social Studies (World Geography/History, US/European History, Economics, US Government offered). For foreign language the school gives students an option: French, or Spanish. Another option students are presented with comes in the form of Fine Arts: visual arts, chorus, or band. The school is also keen on providing trade/industry classes, as well as, agriculture education (part of the vocational options). They also offer classes dealing with business technology, family/consumer science, health science, marketing, JROTC, human services, and hospitality/tourism. The school utilizes a college and career counselor that assists students with applying for colleges, jobs, and scholarships. The school also offers Dual Enrollment classes that coordinate alongside local community colleges (such as Pellissippi State Community College in order to help students immerse themselves in college curriculum). The school also requires physical education and health & wellness (which students sign up for sophomore year).[5]

Race to the Top[edit]

The Knox County Schools announced in October 2010 that the TAP program (formerly the Teacher Advancement Program) was to be expanded to 13 schools, including South-Doyle High School. The expansion was funded by a five-year $26.5 million federal grant awarded to the Teacher Incentive Fund. Additional funding was provided by a Knox County Schools Race to the Top grant and the Great Schools Partnership. South-Doyle High School implemented the TAP program in the 2011-2012 school year. TAP is a comprehensive school reform and instructional improvement system that provides powerful opportunities for career advancement, professional growth, instructionally-focused accountability, and incentive compensation for educators. The TAP program is measured by the value-added growth of students, teacher classroom evaluations and fidelity to the core elements of the TAP system: Instructionally-focused accountability, ongoing applied professional growth, multiple career paths and performance-based compensation." [6]

Student Life[edit]

Clubs and Organizations[edit]

Student groups and clubs: Army JROTC Battalion, Anime Club, Art Club, Band, Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), FCCLA (Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America), French Club, German Club, Guitar Hero/Rock Band, HOSA (Health Occupation Students of America), Key Club, Latin Club, Prom Committee, National Art Honor Society (NAHS), National Honors Society (NHS), Singers, South-Doyle Community Service Council, Spanish Club, Y-Teens, and Yearbook.[7]


The Chorus performs a spring play/musical every year, and in the Fall of 2014, the Honors Chorus sang alongside British-American rock band, Foreigner (band) at the Tennessee Theatre in downtown Knoxville.[8]

School Diversity[edit]

Sign at the entrance of the main building to South-Doyle High School in 2010
Steps to the main entrance of South-Doyle High School in Knoxville in 2010. When the school was known as Doyle High School, it was the "A" Building that had arson committed on it in October 1986.
2010 picture of the Young Campus of South Doyle High School in Knoxville. From 1972 to 1991, this was known as Doyle Middle School.

These details on the school's student body are based on data reported to the US Education Department.[9]

Enrollment 2011-2012
Total Enrollment 1,134
9th grade 299 Students
10th grade 263 Students
11th grade 273 Students
12th grade 299 Students


Total Minority Enrollment 2011-2012
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.1%
Asian Enrollment 0.4%
Black Enrollment 11%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander Enrollment 0%
Hispanic Enrollment 2%
White Enrollment 86%
Two or More Races Enrollment 1%


Gender Enrollment 2011-2012
Male Enrollment 52%
Female Enrollment 48%


The school offers cheerleading, cross-country, football, golf, girls soccer, and volleyball in the fall. In the winter, the school offers both boys and girls basketball as well as wrestling. In the spring, the school offers baseball, boys soccer, softball, tennis, and track & field.[10]


The South-Doyle Cherokees football team, coached by Clark Duncan, participates in 5A TSSAA Competition. They ended the 2014 football season with a 12-1 record. On October 30, 2014, the Cherokees won the district championship.[11]


In 2007, the South-Doyle Cherokees baseball team went to the state tournament in Murfreesboro, TN. but lost the championship game. Several of the seniors were drafted including former Middle Tennessee State University outfielder and current Boston Red Sox, Bryce Brentz. The current coach is Jeff Browning.[12]


The South-Doyle Cherokees Rugby Team has won four state championships in 7s and one in 15s.[13] The Cherokees enter the 2016 15s season ranked #23 in the Single School category.[14]

Notable alumni[edit]