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South-Doyle High School

South-Doyle High School is a high school located at 2020 Tipton Station in Knoxville, Tennessee, operated by the Knox County Schools school district.

South-Doyle is the only high school in the South Knoxville area, though it shares a history with several former schools. Young High School was established in 1913, followed by South High School in 1952 and Doyle High School in 1968. In 1976, Young and South were merged to form South-Young High School. In 1991, Doyle and South-Young were merged, creating the current South-Doyle High School. The campus includes both the former Doyle High campus (now the main campus area) and the campus for the former Doyle Middle school (now the Young campus).

The school community is composed of families from varied situations living in rural, urban, and suburban areas. Tim Berry is the current head principal. He entered into this position beginning in the 2011–2012 school year.


The Knox County Schools announced in October 2010 that the TAP program (formerly the Teacher Advancement Program) was to be expanded to 13 schools, including South-Doyle High School. The expansion was funded by a five-year $26.5 million federal grant awarded to the Teacher Incentive Fund. Additional funding was provided by a Knox County Schools Race to the Top grant and the Great Schools Partnership. South-Doyle High School implemented the TAP program in the 2011-2012 school year. TAP is a comprehensive school reform and instructional improvement system that provides powerful opportunities for career advancement, professional growth, instructionally-focused accountability, and incentive compensation for educators. The TAP program is measured by the value-added growth of students, teacher classroom evaluations and fidelity to the core elements of the TAP system: Instructionally-focused accountability, ongoing applied professional growth, multiple career paths and performance-based compensation." [1]

Technology Grant

In the 2012-2013 school year , South-Doyle High School competed against other Knox County Schools for a coveted 1:1 Technology grant that would place laptops in the hands of each student. South-Doyle High School was one of 28 schools that completed the requirements and entered the internal competition, and one of 11 that received the grant. At the start of the 2013-2014 school year laptops will be issued to each student with a focus on technology-based learning. South-Doyle High School has become a focus for schools across the state and nation to come and see how the school is using computer based learning.


South-Doyle has been competing in athletics since the 1991–1992 school year, the year they opened. The Cherokees have won seven state championships in all sports, with six of those being individual championships.

Year Sport Athlete(if individual)
1991 Girls Volleyball
1992 1600 Meter Run Brian Day
1992 3200 Meter Run Brian Day
1996 Boys Wrestling (140 pounds) Chris Williams
2004 Women's Diving (1 meter, 11 dives) Jill Pierce
2005 Women's Diving (1 meter, 11 dives) Jill Pierce
2008 *Girls Wrestling (103 pounds) Britney Heatherly
2008 *Girls Wrestling (125 pounds) Blakely Graves
2008 *Girls Wrestling (130 pounds) Chelsea Love


The South-Doyle Cherokees football team is coached by Clark Duncan. Duncan last coached in 1992, for Powell High School in Knoxville, where he appeared in a state championship game in 1991. The Cherokees' last playoff appearance was in 2002, where they were subsequently knocked out in their first game. The team has struggled over the past few years, even having an 0-10 season, dubbed "The Trail of Tears" by the student body in 2004. In 2010 the Cherokees once again had another devastating season, finishing 1-9. On October 8, 2010, South Doyle snapped their 17-game losing streak by beating Cocke County, 30-14. In the 2012 season, Duncan lead the team to it first winning season in over 10 years . Their final overall record was 7-5 , they lost in the first round to West High School


The South-Doyle Marching band has been to several competitions and on many trips since its arrangement. It had been directed by Chris Satterfield for many years, but beginning with the 2010-2011 school year the band has been directed by Steve Taylor.

The marching band has a different theme each football season. In 2009, the theme was "Latin America". In 2010, the theme was "Music of the Night". The performance set list features songs as following: "Toccata and Fugue in D Minor," "Phantom of the Opera," "Wishing You were Somehow Here Again," songs from "Nightmare Before Christmas," and, of course, "Music of the Night." All percussion and Drumline/Battery parts are written by Steve Rodgers, the assistant band director.



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