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About GHS

Mission Statement  

Greeneville High School strives to ACHIEVE:

Acquire knowledge
Challenge yourself
Hold yourself accountable
Inspire others
Envision your future
Vocalize your beliefs
Expect success

About The School

Greeneville High School

Serving proudly for over 100 years, Greeneville High School boasts a long tradition of excellence, while continuing to be a state and national leader in innovative educational best practice and student success.  Nestled against the backdrop of the Appalachian Mountains, GHS is located in the historic town of Greeneville, Tennessee, the home of President Andrew Johnson.  A study in juxtaposition, our renovated and expanded modern high school sits in the downtown area surrounded by the President's tailor shop and pre-Civil War mansions and churches, all within walking distance along brick sidewalks lit by gas lamps.

Greeneville High School has an enrollment of approximately 940 students ranging from grades 9 to 12 and is the only high school in the Greeneville City School system.  In 2008, GHS was honored as a U.S. Department of Education National Blue Ribbon School, the only high school in the state of Tennessee to be so honored in 2008.  Our standardized academic achievement results and graduation rate of over 97% place GHS at the forefront of high achieving secondary schools in our state.

The programs of study offered at Greeneville High School serve all students.  In addition to Advanced Placement (AP) courses, GHS partners with Walter's State Community College to offer dual enrollment courses for college credit, and the GEAP program where students may earn an Associate degree and high school diploma simultaneously.  Credit recovery, Graduation Access Program (GAP), Freshman Academy, summer school, and before/after school tutoring programs are tools used by the school to meet the needs of all students.

Additionally, GHS and the Greeneville City School system strive to be leaders in providing an education that prepares our students to live and work in a global world.  Therefore, our Virtual Technology classroom is opening up a whole new world for our students in shared learning with other schools and students across our region, nation, and internationally.  Online course offerings, fully equipped Promethean classrooms, and a forward-thinking cellphone policy that allows teachers and students to use cellphones as learning tools are just a few additional examples of how GHS embraces technology.

Teachers work hand in hand with other teachers, students, and parents to enhance the educational environment.  Each teacher is part of a team that collaborates every week.  SchoolCast emergency alert system, teacher web pages, Parent Portal online grade access, and individual laptops have provided teachers with necessary technology to effectively communicate with parents and students.

Extra-curricular activities complete the picture of GHS.  Clubs meet every other week with opportunities for students to grow by serving others.  Multiple championship athletic teams; award winning chorus, band, Interactive Media and JROTC programs; along with Scholar's Bowl and Mock Trial teams are examples of opportunities for our students to excel at every level of competition.  School spirit and school pride are evident at any venue of choice.

We welcome any comments, questions, and concerns as we strive to be the best that we can be while always looking for ways to improve.

"We R GHS"

Dictionary.com defines the term unity as "oneness of mind, as among a number of persons." Unity... that is what our rally cry of "We R GHS" has come to mean to us at Greeneville High School this year. It is not an absence of diversity or conformity of opinions, for we are diverse and hold many different opinions within the GHS family. However, remembering our past heritage of excellence, understanding the expectations of who we are in the present, and working together for individual and school success in the future encompass the unifying message of "We R GHS."

We are living up to these expectations and have enjoyed a wonderful fall semester together. GHS students are exhibiting excellence in a myriad of ways; in the classroom with good work ethics and study habits, in the hallways with respectful behavior, winning championships with sportsmanship in athletics, and scoring at the highest levels in band, chorus, and academic competitions. School spirit is alive and well at GHS and we are proud to be "Greene Devils" and wave the green and white spirit flag.

I am extremely honored to have the opportunity to experience these successes with the students and staff of GHS and I look forward to many more in the future. However, I am most proud of the accomplishments that regularly take place at GHS that do not make the local news. The real meaning of "We R GHS" is that we care about and take care of one another and others. This fall GHS students and teachers have given pounds of canned goods to the local food bank, the gift of life in the form of pints of blood through a Red Cross blood drive, Thanksgiving meals to many families who might have gone hungry, and toys to Gifts for Kids to help make sure that Santa comes to all Greene County children. Our recent "P.J.'s for Payton" and "Tops for Terrell" events to raise funds for two of our own students who are fighting battles with cancer exemplify who "we r" at GHS.

Let's all remember that it's not only about how many "A's" are on our grade cards, how many games or competitions we win, or how many scholarships we earn. As important as all of those things are, it's really about who we are as a school community growing into caring and responsible citizens. So far, "we r" doing a great job!