Tennessee School for the Deaf

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Tennessee School for the Deaf Historic District
Gymnasium at the Tennessee School for the Deaf in Knoxville, Tennessee, USA. Completed in 1928.
Location 2725 Island Home Blvd.
Knoxville, Tennessee
Architect Thomas S. Marr
MPS Knoxville and Knox County MPS
NRHP Reference # 96001401
Added to NRHP December 4, 1996

The Tennessee School for the Deaf is a state-operated residential and day school for deaf and hard-of-hearing students ranging from pre-kindergarten to grade 12 and also includes a post-secondary transition program. It is located in Knoxville, Tennessee within the historic Island Home Park neighborhood.

The school was established in 1844 as the Tennessee Asylum for the Deaf and Dumb. The first students were enrolled in 1845.[1]

The Tennessee School for the Deaf is a part of the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association. It fields high school sports teams in football, basketball, track and field, cross-country running, volleyball, and swimming, which compete against public school teams as well as teams from other schools for the deaf. Cheerleading is also included in the athletic program.

Old City Hall in Knoxville, Tennessee, USA. This building was constructed in 1840s for the Tennessee School for the Deaf, which occupied it until it moved to its Island Home campus. The building then served as Knoxville City Hall until 1980. It currently houses a law school for Lincoln Memorial University.

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  1. ^ Gannon, Jack. 1981. Deaf Heritage–A Narrative History of Deaf America, Silver Spring, MD: National Association of the Deaf, p. 23 (PDF)