Gallatin High School (Tennessee)

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Gallatin High School
700 Dan P. Herron Dr

Tennessee 37066

United States
Coordinates36°22′43″N 86°27′40″W / 36.3786°N 86.4611°W / 36.3786; -86.4611
TypePublic School
MottoGreen Wave Pride
School districtSumner County Schools
Head teacherRon Becker, Principal
Teaching staff108.00 (FTE)[1]
Number of students1,659 (2022-23)[1]
Student to teacher ratio15.36[1]
MascotGreen Wave

Gallatin High School (GHS) is one of three public high schools in Gallatin, Tennessee. The school is located at 700 Dan P. Herron Drive in Gallatin and the current principal is Ron Becker. It is part of Sumner County Schools.


Gallatin High School first opened as Trousdale-Allen school on September 7, 1914. The school changed its name to Central High School in 1915. In 1932, a new building was opened as Gallatin High School and used until the current building opened in 1974.

Gallatin High School has a storied rivalry with Hendersonville High School. It has lasted since Hendersonville was opened.

The zebra swallowtail butterfly was chosen as the state butterfly of Tennessee by students in Sherrill Charlton's biology class at the school and was made official in 1994.[2][3]

On January 8, 2016, the school's gym was dedicated as Jerry Vradenburg Gymnasium. Vradenburg served as a teacher, a coach of multiple sports, and as the school's long-time athletics director from 1966 to 1993. He was coach of the school's 1973 boys' basketball state championship team. Vradenburg also coached the 1970 team vs. Union High School in a game that is the subject of the book "More Than Rivals".

In October 2016, Gallatin High School announced the inaugural class of the Gallatin Athletics Hall of Fame. The Hall was created to recognize outstanding athletes, coaches, and contributors to the athletics programs of both Gallatin and Union High Schools.

Two new events were celebrated during the 2017–18 school year:

On August 25, 2017, the football programs for Gallatin and Station Camp played in the inaugural Mayor's Cup of Gallatin. The winning team each year will be presented the Mayor's Cup by the Mayor of Gallatin.

On February 6, 2018, the basketball teams for Gallatin wore uniforms celebrating and honoring Union High School.

As of January 2023, two GHS alumni serve in the Tennessee State Senate.

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  1. ^ a b c "Gallatin Senior High School". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved February 26, 2024.
  2. ^ Birkitt, Judi McIntyre. "Rob Simbeck. Tennessee State Symbols. Second edition. Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 2002. xvi + 155 pp. Bibliographical references, illustrations, index. $15.95 (paper), ISBN 978-1-57233-184-6". Review of Rob Simbeck, Tennessee State Symbols. H-Net. Retrieved October 29, 2007.
  3. ^ Simbeck, Rob. "Tennessee State Symbols". Tennessee Encyclopedia of History and Culture. Tennessee Historical Society. Retrieved October 29, 2007.
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  6. ^ "Ray Oldham". Archived from the original on October 24, 2012. Retrieved November 10, 2012.
  7. ^ Loretta Gillespie (February 27, 2014). "Idol connection: Cullman's Gudger family cheering on cousin Ben Briley in American Idol competition (With 'Idol' video)". The Cullman Times. Archived from the original on March 14, 2014. Retrieved March 13, 2014.

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