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Brentwood High School
5304 Murray Lane
Brentwood, TN, Tennessee, Williamson, 37027
Type public secondary
Motto Excellence Through Teaching And Learning
Established 1982
School district Williamson County Schools
Principal Kevin Keidel
Asst. Principal Chris Hames
John Calton
Stephanie Simmons
Faculty 84
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 1,492
Student:teacher ratio 21.7/1
Color(s) Blue and Gold         
Mascot Bruins
Rival Franklin High School
Ravenwood High School
Accreditation(s) Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
Newspaper The Voice
Yearbook Mark of the Bruin
Feeder schools Brentwood Middle School

Brentwood High School is a public high school located in Brentwood, Tennessee, U.S.A. The school serves the north central section of Williamson County. It serves grades 9-12 and is known state-wide for its achievements in academics, the arts, and athletics. The mission of Brentwood High School is to prepare all students to reach their highest level of achievement in academics, athletics, and the arts.[1]

The school was built in 1982 with additions coming in 1987, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, and 2003. On September 1, 2008, $3.8 million was approved with the intent of renovating Brentwood High. What started out as a small public school grew into a large school with a current enrollment of 1,000+ students. The school is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. There are 1,492 students with 378 in the present senior class. The pupil/teacher ratio is 21.7/1. The mascot is the Bruin and the school colors are blue and gold.[1]


Administration & Faculty

Mr. Kevin Keidel is the current principal and chief administrator of Brentwood High. The school currently has three assistant principals. Mr. Chris Hames serving the 12th grade, Dr. John Calton serving the 11th and 10th grade, and Mrs. Stephanie Simmons serving the 9th grade.[2]

Academics & Testing

“Top ranked” is a way to describe Brentwood High School. A web-exclusive extended list of America’s “Top High Schools” was published by Newsweek in May 2008. Schools were ranked according to a ratio devised to compare the number of students taking Advanced Placement (AP) courses and exams with the number of high school graduates. BHS ranked first for Tennessee comprehensive public high schools and 192nd in the nation.[3]

The current graduation rate of BHS is 98.4%[4], the highest among Williamson County Schools and 88% of the most recent graduating class went on to attend a four-year university. The school follows the semester system with ½ credit earned per course each semester. Students are enrolled in 6 credit classes. Class periods are 47 minutes long, with 8 periods per day which includes homeroom and study hall. Twenty-one Advanced Placement classes are offered at Brentwood and they are very popular among 10th, 11th, and 12th graders. In 2006, 79% of the students received a 3 or better on the AP test, 80% received a 3 or better in 2007, and 82% receiving a 3 or better in 2008.

Testing is an important aspect of Brentwood High School. The ACT is required to graduate. The average score in 2006 was 24.4, 24.8 in 2007, 24.4 in 2008, and 25.4 in 2009. Although not required, many students take the SAT. The combined score in 2006 was 1167 and the score in 2007 was 1206. All eleventh graders at Brentwood must take the TCAP writing assessment. The 2008 average score was 4.6 out of 5 which received an "A" rating by the state. The school produced four National Merit Semi-Finalists in 2006, eight in 2007, and 13 in 2008.[1][5]

Class of 2008

The students in the Class of 2008, which included 13 National Merit semi-finalists, are now attending 98 different colleges and universities in 27 states and the District of Columbia. Students are receiving over $10,800,000 in scholarships, with over $2.9 million earned via the HOPE Scholarship.[1]


Led by Randy Box, Brentwood High is known nation-wide for its band program. Since its inception in 1982, the Brentwood High School Band has given opportunities to many musically inclined students. The BHS Marching Band has been in many prestigious events and has placed as a semifinalist in the Bands Of America Grand Nationals.

The BHS Band regularly competes at the highest national levels during each marching season including Bands of America (BOA) regionals, super regionals, and grand nationals, and the US Scholastic Band Association regionals. The marching band participated in the 2007 Alamo Bowl (San Antonio, TX), Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade (New York, NY), Boscov's Thanksgiving Day Parade (Philadelphia, PA), and Fiesta Bowl National Championships (Phoenix, AZ).[6][7]


The BHS choir performs pieces by Mozart, Bach, Handel, Bernstein, Rutter, and Vivaldi.

With the leadership from Kim Clark, the choir has made a name for itself by being very successful in state and national competitions. The choir won the Grand Championships in Atlanta in 2007 and first place at the National Choral Festival in Gatlinburg, Tn

The BHS choir has performed at Carnegie Hall three times, in 1999, 2006, and 2009.[8]


Under the direction of Harriet Medlin, the Brentwood High School Forensics team boasts an exceptional record both inside and outside the state of Tennessee. In 2008 alone, Katie Thornton won the state championship in Lincoln-Douglas debate and Chris Kaczmarek and Patrick Kellett won the state championship in Public Forum Debate. In 2009, Keith Neely won the state championship in Extemporaneous Speaking. Outside of the state, Aaseesh Polavarapu won first place in Lincoln Douglas Debate at Vestavia Hills Over the Mountain Classic in Vestavia Hills, AL, and Keith Neely progressed to the Quarterfinal round in United States Extemp in the National Forensics League National Tournament held in Las Vegas, NV.


In 1999, the City of Brentwood allocated Channel 9 to Brentwood High School from its cable company, Comcast. At first, the channel served as a billboard for high school activities. One computer and a school secretary served as the total operating system for the channel.

In the spring of 2001, Mark Madison and the television classes assumed the responsibility of the channel and began the process of developing a full-time station with coverage for the entire northern half of Williamson County. Armed with little more than three old cameras and one linear editing system, five interns and four classes of high school students set out to make Channel 9 the BEST educational access channel in the state.

Over the last five years WBHS9 has won over 100 State, Regional, and National awards in numerous film festivals and video competitions around the country. As a member of the Tennessee Press Association and the National Journalism Education Association, the "company" has served to install five in-house television stations in elementary schools in Williamson County. Several schools around the State of Tennessee have visited Channel 9 to pattern their developing programs around this operation.

Today, thanks to the dedication of the students, community, and parents, WBHS9 has established its program as the leader in sports programming, school events, and community activities. Programming now exceeds ten hours per day and a policy of only repeating programs twice in one year has made the station a favorite of Comcast subscribers.

Brentwood High School is one of the only high schools in the state of Tennessee that owns and operates its own TV station.[9]

Extracurricular activities

In addition to the sports offered at Brentwood, the school also has numerous clubs and organizations covering an array of interests. Extracurricular activities include[10]:

  • American Red Cross Youth Club
  • Anime Club
  • Art Club
  • Art Contest
  • Band (Marching and Jazz)
  • Bruinettes Dance Team
  • CareBear Club
  • Chess Club
  • Color/Winter Guard
  • Computer Club
  • Cross Age Mentoring
  • CUB (Clean Up Brentwood) Club
  • Culinary Arts Club
  • DECA
  • Destination Imagination
  • Drama Club/Thespians
  • Dungeons and Dragons club
  • Equestrian Club
  • Family, Career and Community Leaders of America
  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes
  • Forensics
  • French Club
  • Future Business Leaders of America
  • Future Teachers and Leaders of America
  • Gay Straight Alliance
  • German Club
  • Green Team
  • Habitat For Humanity
  • History Club
  • Interact Club
  • International Club
  • Key Club
  • Latin Club
  • Literary Magazine Staff
  • Literacy Outreach Club
  • Math Team
  • Mock Trial
  • Mu Alpha Theta
  • National Honor Society
  • National Technical Honor Society
  • Newspaper (The Voice)
  • Quiz Bowl
  • Rock Climbing Club
  • Science National Honor Society
  • Seagull Extraordinaire
  • Skills USA Broadcasting
  • Smash Club
  • Spanish Club
  • Spanish Honor Society
  • S.T.A.R.S.
  • Student Senate and Student Council
  • Teen-Age Republican Club
  • Yearbook (Mark of the Bruin)
  • Model U.N.
  • Youth Legislature


The school has 80+ class rooms, a full size media room, three computer labs, band and choir rooms, counseling center, state of the art media center, full production theater, two gymnasiums, wrestling room, five locker rooms, full size weight room, baseball/softball field, football field, practice fields, soccer fields, cafeteria, and two stores selling various goods. Nearby Granny White Park also has multi-purpose fields as well as tennis courts and additional baseball/softball fields.[1]

Student body

Brentwood is populated by one middle school, Brentwood Middle, which is populated by three elementary schools, Scales Elementary, Lipscomb Elementary, and Edmondson Elementary. The current enrollment is 1,492 students in grades 9-12.[1]

Notable alumni


Brentwood is known state-wide for its very successful sports teams. Year(s) in parenthesis indicate the year(s) the team played for a TSSAA state championship. Year(s) in bold indicate year(s) the team won a TSSAA state championship. TSSAA sponsored sports teams include[11]:

  • Baseball
  • Boys' Basketball
  • Girls' Basketball
  • Bowling
  • Boys' Cross Country
  • Girl's Cross Country (2003, 2004)
  • Football (2002)
  • Boys' Golf
  • Girls' Golf (1997, 1998, 1999, 2001)
  • Boys' Soccer (1992, 1994, 1995, 2005, 2008, 2009)
  • Girls' Soccer (1997, 1998, 2008)
  • Softball (1989, 1991, 1992, 1993)
  • Boys' Tennis (2003, 2005, 2006, 2009)
  • Girls' Tennis (2001, 2002, 2003, 2005)
  • Boys' Track (2002, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009)
  • Girls' Track (2002, 2003, 2004, 2005)
  • Wrestling (1991, 1998)
  • Volleyball (1992, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008)

The above teams have won 28 state championships, the most in Williamson County Schools, tied for 14th state-wide, and fifth among all public schools in Tennessee[12].

In addition to TSSAA sports, the school also has numerous club sports. The year(s) in parenthesis indicate the year(s) the team won a state championship[1].

  • Boys' Lacrosse (2006, 2008)
  • Girls' Lacrosse
  • Boys' Rugby (2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006)
  • Girls' Rugby
  • Hockey (2002)
  • Cheerleading (1997, 1998, 2006)
  • Dance (2007, 2008)
  • Swimming (1986, 1988, 1989, 1991, 2003, 2005, 2006)
  • Ultimate Frisbee

These sports have a combined 18 state championships, which gives Brentwood a total of 46 state championships. In addition to the numerous state championships, all TSSAA sponsored athletic teams have achieved TSSAA Academic Achievement Award each of the last six years.


Athletic Highlights

  • The BHS volleyball team is the most successful volleyball team in Tennessee in terms of state championships won.
  • Despite having a worse offensive coordinator than the single-C Grassland Eagles, the football team has made the TSSAA playoffs every year since 1997 and have only had two losing seasons in those thirteen years. Between 2001 and 2005 the team's record was 55-10 with one state championship.
  • The 2008 boys' soccer team were TSSAA state champions, undefeated, and ranked #1 in the nation by an ESPN poll.
  • The boys' rugby team did not lose a state championship between 2002 and 2006. In 2006 they finished 5th in a national tournament held at Dartmouth University in New Hampshire.
  • The wrestling team has had recent success due in part to ASICS All Americans Blake Thomas and Cameron Croy. Never has a Tennessee high school had two All Americans at the same time.

School Song


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