Award Year: 2015

Trousdale County High School

262 McMurry Boulevard West
Hartsville, TN, 37074-1117

(615) 374-2201

Mrs. Teresa D. Dickerson, Principal at time of Nomination

Trousdale County

School Website


The mission of Trousdale County High School is to provide a safe and supportive learning environment, in which all students will be taught, inspired, motivated, and empowered to become highly educated graduates, as well as, well-rounded, successful citizens.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 15%
  • White: 82%
  • Hispanic: 3%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %
History class diligently composing multiple text, informative essays utilizing Chromebooks.

History class diligently composing multiple text, informative essays utilizing Chromebooks.

Located in the smallest county in Tennessee, Trousdale County High School (TCHS) prepares all students for college and career readiness by offering a rigorous CCSS aligned curriculum. Our enrollment of 369 reflects the make-up of our community, which is 60% rural and 40% small town. The district consists of 55% economically disadvantaged students and ranks in the bottom 10% percent in per pupil expenditures. Nonetheless, TCHS student achievement continues to rank among the top 10% in our state. Supporting some of the highest achievement results in Tennessee, our school’s 2014-15 achievement gaps for economically disadvantaged students are substantially low.

TCHS has moved from the 2007 NCLB “Needs Improvement" list to one of the elite Tennessee public schools. We were named a Reward School for achievement (2012) and growth (2012, 2014). The district was named the state’s SCORE Prize Winner (2013) for dramatically increasing student achievement. Recent ACT results report a 20.8 average for TCHS, which exceeds the state average of 19.8. Fifty percent of the 2014-15 graduates obtained an ACT score of 21 or higher, while 29% reached all four college readiness benchmarks, exceeding both state and national averages. TCHS offers all ELA and math courses on a modified block schedule that allows for additional instructional time and differentiated instruction to learners at all levels, while also emphasizing individual student data to construct pedagogical decisions. The hard work and high expectations for both staff and students, coupled with strong leadership and a rigorous curriculum, has led to such accolades.