Hendersonville High School (Tennessee)

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Hendersonville High School
123 Cherokee Road

Tennessee 37075

Coordinates36°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
PrincipalMel Sawyers
Teaching staff93.00 (FTE)[1]
Enrollment1,537 (2022-23)[1]
Student to teacher ratio16.52[1]

Hendersonville High School is one of three public high schools located in Hendersonville, Sumner County, Tennessee. Since July 1, 2023, the principal has been Mel Sawyers, who formerly served as principal at Millersville and Guild Elementary Schools. HHS 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.

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 the school until she left to begin homeschooling on her tour bus. The school's auditorium was renamed "Taylor Swift Auditorium" in her 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]


Sports and state titles:[5]

  • Baseball
  • Boys' Basketball
  • Girls' Basketball
  • Boys' Bowling 2002, 2003, 2004
  • Girls' Bowling 2008, 2009
  • Cheerleading 1997, 1998, 2001, 2008, 2013, 2014, 2018, 2019[6]
  • Boys' Cross Country
  • Girls' Cross Country
  • Football
  • Golden Girls Dance Team
  • Boys' Golf 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014
  • Girls' Golf
  • Boys' Soccer 1989, 1998, 2010
  • Girls' Soccer
  • Softball
  • Boys' Tennis
  • Girls' Tennis
  • Boys' Track 1974, 1975, 1976, 1989, 1990
  • Girls' Track 1985, 1993, 2004, 2005
  • Wrestling 1993, 2004, 2006
  • Dual Wrestling
  • Girls' Wrestling
  • Volleyball


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".


For the first time ever, Hendersonville High School won the National cheerleading champions in 2021.[7]


The Hendersonville High School boys' soccer team has won five Tennessee State Championships: 1983,[8] 1986,[9] 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. [10]

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 February 26, 2024.
  2. ^ TuneIn Music City (Sep 23, 2010). "Taylor Swift becomes namesake of Hendersonville High School auditorium". The Tennessean. Retrieved 4 January 2011.
  3. ^ "Hendersonville Named Among Best Cities For Families". Archived from the original on 14 February 2012. Retrieved 9 June 2016.
  4. ^ "GreatSchools - Public and Private School Ratings, Reviews and Parent Community". Retrieved 9 June 2016.
  5. ^ "Hendersonville High School". History. Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association. Retrieved 9 January 2021.
  6. ^ "Past State Cheerleading Championship Results". Cheerleading. Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association. Retrieved 9 January 2021.
  7. ^ "Hendersonville High School wins UCA National Championship". News Channel 5 Nashville (WTVF). 2021-04-25. Retrieved 2023-03-24.
  8. ^ "Commandos Team History". Hendersonville High School Soccer. Retrieved 2023-03-24.
  9. ^ "Commandos Team History". Hendersonville High School Soccer. Retrieved 2023-03-24.
  10. ^ "Commando Pride - Hendersonville Swimming". Archived from the original on 25 April 2015. Retrieved 9 June 2016.
  11. ^ "HHS Ice Hockey". Retrieved 9 June 2016.

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