University School of Nashville

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University School of Nashville
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2000 Edgehill Avenue

Coordinates36°08′40″N 86°47′55″W / 36.1444°N 86.7985°W / 36.1444; -86.7985Coordinates: 36°08′40″N 86°47′55″W / 36.1444°N 86.7985°W / 36.1444; -86.7985
Established1975 (originally established as Peabody Demonstration School in 1915)
CEEB code431725
DirectorAmani Reed
CampusUrban area
Color(s)Garnet, Columbia blue[2]
Athletics conferenceTSSAA[1]
NewspaperThe Peabody Press
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University School of Nashville is an independent, coeducational, day school located in Nashville, Tennessee.


Referred to colloquially as USN, the school was founded in 1888 by the Peabody Board of Trustees.[3] The school was first founded as Winthrop Model School; in 1915, it became Peabody Demonstration School (PDS), a part of Peabody College intended to demonstrate the operation of a school. The school was founded by Richard Thomas Alexander.[4] While it was Peabody Demonstration School, it became the second high school in Nashville to be desegregated, following Father Ryan High School, and the first one to be fully desegregated, meaning that extra-curricular activities were desegregated in addition to academics. The demonstration school was closed in 1974, several years before Peabody merged with adjacent Vanderbilt University. The students' parents bought the school; by a student vote, the school was established as University School of Nashville.

Historically, USN has been recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Program. In the Class of 2011, with 91 students, there were 12 semifinalists and 13 commended students recognized by the program. In 2010, both Presidential Scholars for Tennessee were USN students. USN also produced a Presidential Scholar in 2012 and in 2017.[citation needed][5]

Facilities and campuses[edit]

Perhaps the largest addition to the school in its history came in 1998, when an 80-acre (32 ha) external campus was purchased for the purpose of housing athletic facilities. The River Campus currently houses a baseball field, a softball field, a full-sized track, and 5 multi-purpose fields that are rotated between men's and women's soccer, lacrosse, and ultimate frisbee. Construction has recently finished on tennis courts. In addition, this site originally had a 15-acre (61,000 m2) sum of wetland, situated on the Cumberland River and Whites Creek. The original wetland was filled in for athletic fields and a new one of equivalent size was excavated and filled with water.

In 2003, USN opened the Christine Slayden Tibbott Center for the Visual Arts. The center also included a fitness center.[6]

The next year, the school opened the Hassenfeld Library. This 20,000-square-foot (1,900 m2) addition now houses 25,000 books, 2,400 educational videos, and 147 periodicals.[7]

In 2012, USN revamped the cafeteria and dining area.[8]

In 2015, as part of its 100-year anniversary celebration, the school revamped a large part of the 19th avenue entrance.

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "University School of Nashville ~ Athletic Philosophy". Retrieved 2011-02-06.
  2. ^ "University School of Nashville ~ History of PDS and USN". Retrieved 2013-03-01.
  3. ^ The USN website's history page
  4. ^ George W. Lucero (2012). Begin with the Child, the Story of New College, Unpublished manuscript, Illinois State University, Normal, IL.
  5. ^ "USN Presidential Honors". Retrieved 28 October 2018.
  6. ^ USN Facilities and Campuses
  7. ^ The Hassenfeld Library
  8. ^ "Sperling Renovation, June 2011". Retrieved 2017-09-27.
  9. ^ a b c d e f g h i Alumni Association, NABV, & Distinguished Alumni
  10. ^ "Distinguished Alumni". USN. Retrieved 22 January 2021.
  11. ^ "Ned Davis: Alumnus Celebrates School's Lasting Impact on His Life". University School of Nashville Alumni. Retrieved 22 January 2021.
  12. ^ Alumna returns to campus for Buhl Lecture
  13. ^ Ichikawa, Akiko (25 March 2020). "A New Clyfford Still Documentary Explores the Life and Work of the Enigmatic Abstract Expressionist". Art in America.
  14. ^ "2020 Brown Student Exhibition".
  15. ^ Susan Yeagley ′89 Skypes with High School

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