Hendersonville High School (Tennessee)

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Hendersonville High School
Hendersonville HS Hendersonville TN USA.JPG
123 Cherokee Road

Tennessee 37075

Coordinates36°18′11″N 86°36′23″W / 36.30294°N 86.60636°W / 36.30294; -86.60636Coordinates: 36°18′11″N 86°36′23″W / 36.30294°N 86.60636°W / 36.30294; -86.60636
TypePublic School
Motto"A quality education for quality living"
School districtSumner County Schools
PrincipalBob Cotter
Teaching staff93.50 (FTE)[1]
Enrollment1,510 (2018-19)[1]
Student to teacher ratio16.15[1]

Hendersonville High School is one of three public high schools located in Hendersonville, Sumner County, Tennessee. The principal is Bob Cotter, a former principal for the alternative school R.T. Fisher. It is part of Sumner County Schools. Two middle schools feed into Hendersonville High: Ellis Middle School and Hawkins Middle School.

The school's colors have been black and gold ever since the first Commando football team in 1941, when the Vanderbilt University football program provided the first Commando football team with older, used jerseys. The black and gold colors have remained ever since. Hendersonville is known as the Commandos because 54 men were sent to fight in World War II. When they came back as veteran commandos the name stuck with the school and became the official mascot.[citation needed]

Hendersonville participates in 6A level sports as a part of the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association, and maintains athletic programs including track, swimming, softball, bowling, baseball, wrestling, golf, hockey, soccer, football, cross country, marching band, and basketball. The school has rivalries with Gallatin High School, Beech High School and Station Camp High School.[citation needed]

Taylor Swift attended until she left the school to begin homeschooling on her tour bus. The school's auditorium was renamed "Taylor Swift Auditorium" in Swift's honor after she contributed funds to refurbish the lighting and sound equipment.[2]

Family Circle magazine gave Hendersonville High School a gold star for 315 seniors who logged around 20,000 hours of community service.[3] Academically, Hendersonville has a 9/10 rating on greatschools.net.[4]


Year(s) in bold indicate year(s) the team won a TSSAA state championship.

  • Baseball
  • Boys' Basketball
  • Girls' Basketball
  • Bowling 2002, 2003, 2004
  • Girls' Bowling 2008
  • Cheerleading 2014, 2015,2018
  • Football
  • Boys' Golf 2010, 2011
  • Girls' Golf
  • Boys' Soccer 1983, 1986, 1989, 1990, 1998, 2010
  • Girls' Soccer
  • Ice Hockey
  • Softball
  • Boys' Tennis
  • Girls' Tennis
  • Boys' Track (1974)
  • Girls' Track
  • Wrestling
  • Volleyball
  • Boys' Swimming
  • Girls' Swimming

The above teams have played in 25 contests and won 12 state championships, the most in Sumner County Schools.[5]


Hendersonville's home football games are held at Paul Decker Field. The on-campus stadium is named after retired principal Paul Decker, and has a capacity of 5,500 spectators. Before home games, players walk around the field in what is known as the "Commando Walk". In inclement weather, the Commandos practice in the Steven Chaussey field house, a 60 by 40 yard (55 m by 37 m) practice facility. They also work out in their workout facility called the "Iron Bunker".


The Hendersonville High School Cheerleading Squad has been involved with many State, Regional, and National Championships going back before the 1980s. They have four National Championships, and have taken home many TSSAA State Championships. Their last State Championship was for the 2018/19 year.


The 2010 HHS boys' golf team won the 2010 state Championship.

The 2011 HHS boys' golf team went on to repeat as state champions defeating Brentwood by 10 strokes.

The 2013 HHS boys' golf team won the state championship defeating Farragut by 4 strokes to win the title for the third time in four years.


District Champs Boys 2007.JPG

The Hendersonville High School boys' soccer team has won five Tennessee State Championships: 1983, 1986, 1989, 1998, and 2010. Hendersonville Soccer also has a soccer-specific facility, called "The Field of Dreams", located in Drakes Creek Park.


Hendersonville High School swimming has had over 37 swimming All-American performances over the past decade. Swimming has produced more All-Americans than all other sports combined at Hendersonville High School. [6][6]

Ice hockey[edit]

The HHS Ice Hockey team has been in existence since the year of 2000. The first coach was Chris Morris, who was followed by the current coach Tim Rathert. The team finished 23-15-0 last season.

The HHS Commandos have qualified for the state tournament, the Predator's Cup, for the past five years. They play in the Greater Nashville Area Scholastic Hockey league. In 2011, they represented GNASH and state of Tennessee at the USA Hockey High School national tournament, held in Salt Lake City, Utah.


Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Hendersonville High School". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved May 12, 2020.
  2. ^ TuneIn Music City (Sep 23, 2010). "Taylor Swift becomes namesake of Hendersonville High School auditorium". The Tennessean. Retrieved 4 January 2011.
  3. ^ "http://www.newschannel5.com/Global/story.asp?S=10622080". Archived from the original on 14 February 2012. Retrieved 9 June 2016. External link in |title= (help)
  4. ^ "GreatSchools - Public and Private School Ratings, Reviews and Parent Community". Retrieved 9 June 2016.
  5. ^ "http://tssaa.org/schdir/records/GetTheRecord.cfm". Archived from the original on 20 January 2002. Retrieved 9 June 2016. External link in |title= (help)
  6. ^ a b "http://hendersonvilleswimming.weebly.com/commando-pride.html". Archived from the original on 25 April 2015. Retrieved 9 June 2016. External link in |title= (help)
  7. ^ "HHS Ice Hockey". Retrieved 9 June 2016.

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