Tupelo High School

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Tupelo High School
4125 Golden Wave Drive
Tupelo, Mississippi 38801

United States
CoordinatesUS_type:edu 34°13′55″N 88°45′50″W / 34.232°N 88.764°W / 34.232; -88.764
School districtTupelo Public School District
PrincipalArt Dobbs
Faculty103.1 (on FTE basis)[1]
Grades9 to 12
Enrollment1,995[1] (2013-14)
Student to teacher ratio18.6[1]
Color(s)Blue and Gold         
MascotGolden Wave
AccreditationSouthern Association of Colleges and Schools[2]
NewspaperThe Hi-Times
YearbookThe Album

Tupelo High School is the only public high school in Tupelo, Mississippi. The campus consists of fourteen buildings, including a Performing Arts Center, separate buildings for social studies, English, math, sciences, and fine arts as well there is also a self-contained grade-9 building. The current student population of the school is about 1,995. As of 2014-2015, it is the largest enrolled public high school in the state of Mississippi. The class of 2015 consisted of 438 graduates. The school offers a curriculum containing 160 Carnegie units, 24 of which are Advanced Placement.

Tupelo High School is a two-time National Blue Ribbon School award winner, having won the award in 1983-1984 and again in 1999-2000.[3]

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Student life[edit]

Students attend class from 7:45 A.M. until 3:20 P.M. Monday through Friday. A normal school day consists of four period block with a twenty-minute lunch period. Students are allowed five minutes between each ninety-minute period to change classes.

Tupelo High School offers many extracurricular activities. As of the 2017- 2018 school year, the school offers football, slowpitch and fastpitch softball, cross country, volleyball, swimming, basketball, soccer, bowling, archery, baseball, golf, tennis, and track and field. In addition to athletics, the school offers many other clubs, like theatre, a school newspaper, arts, mock trial, and more.


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  2. ^ "SACS CASI Accredited Schools". Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. January 15, 2008. Archived from the original on 2008-01-27. Retrieved 2008-02-06.
  3. ^ "Blue Ribbon Schools" (PDF). United States Department of Education Program- Schools Recognized 1982-1983 through 199-2002.
  4. ^ Maraniss, Andrew (31 August 2017). "Frank Dowsing, Mississippi State's first black football player, is almost unknown today". Retrieved 24 July 2018.
  5. ^ "Movies: Biography for John Dye". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-05-26.
  6. ^ "Chad Bumphis". National Football League. Retrieved 21 February 2014.
  7. ^ "Alex Carrington". National Football League. Retrieved 21 February 2014.
  8. ^ "Tan White". Women's National Basketball Association. Retrieved 21 February 2014.
  9. ^ "Tupelo… Birthplace of Elvis Presley and Home of Our Tamika Whitmore". Women's National Basketball Association. Retrieved 21 February 2014.

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