Saint Benedict at Auburndale

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Saint Benedict at Auburndale
8250 Varnavas Drive

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Coordinates35°11′7.48″N 89°47′26.37″W / 35.1854111°N 89.7906583°W / 35.1854111; -89.7906583Coordinates: 35°11′7.48″N 89°47′26.37″W / 35.1854111°N 89.7906583°W / 35.1854111; -89.7906583
TypePrivate, Coeducational
MottoVeritas ∙ Caritas ∙ Libertas
Religious affiliation(s)Roman Catholic
PrincipalMrs. Sondra Morris
Color(s)Red and Blue         
Team nameEagles
AccreditationSouthern Association of Colleges and Schools[1]
Tuition$10,070 - Traditional Program, $10,620 - PLUS Program[2]
Deans of StudentsJohn Cooley & Adam Smith
Director of AdmissionsAnn O'Leary

St. Benedict at Auburndale High School is a Roman Catholic high school of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Memphis. The school teaches grades 9–12 in Cordova, Tennessee and offers programs for special students requiring special learning programs. The school colors are red and blue. The school mascot is the Eagle. The school is located on a forty-seven-acre campus in Cordova, Tennessee.


The school was founded in 1966 as The Auburndale School System by Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Smith. The Smiths had long been interested in developing an academic environment where children with mild learning differences could be educated on the same campus. The Smiths sold the Auburndale System to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Memphis in 1988. St. Benedict at Auburndale opened its doors as a new 4K-12 diocesan school in the fall of 1988.

St. Benedict opened its doors as a new diocesan school that fall. The Diocese of Memphis announced in 2000 that St. Francis of Assisi Parish would assume governance of the St. Benedict at Auburndale elementary school, grades Junior K through 8th grade, effective with the 2004-05 school year. St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School opened its doors as a parish school in the fall of 2004.[3]


St. Benedict retains membership in and abides by the constitutions, by-laws and regulations of the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association (TSSAA)."[4]


With a multitude of state championships, the SBA bowling team is the winningest in the state. The boys currently have four state champion titles and the girls have seven.[5] In 2017, the Eagles won their second consecutive state championship against Christian Brothers.[citation needed]

Saint Benedict at Auburndale (SBA) drugs tests every student at least once a year with a sample of a students hair. The following is from the Saint Benedict at Auburndale Student Handbook:

"We are not immune. Our school is not and our students are not. And all that's out there in the world scares us more than we’d like to admit. We at St. Benedict at Auburndale are participating in this drug testing program for one PRIMARY purpose … to provide our students with yet one more reason they can draw upon when faced with choosing for or against drugs. Some are able to make that choice on their own without any fear at all of social pressure or peer ramifications. But some are not. And we hope that this program will ease their decision-making."[6]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ SACS-CASI. "SACS-Council on Accreditation and School Improvement". Archived from the original on 2009-04-29. Retrieved 2009-06-23.
  2. ^ Web Design, Speak. "Tuition & Fees". St. Benedict at Auburndale Official Website. St. Benedict at Auburndale. Retrieved October 27, 2011.
  3. ^ "History". Retrieved 2018-03-20.
  4. ^ "Athletics". Retrieved 2018-03-20.
  5. ^ "St. Benedict takes state bowling title". The Commercial Appeal. Retrieved 2018-03-20.
  6. ^ "Student Handbook". Retrieved January 13, 2016.