Destruction of some City records and School Board minutes leaves exact establishment dates for the system unknown. City records indicate that the city system originated from private academy which was established in the early 1800s on the old Robert E. Lee campus. Records indicate, however, that the system as we know it probably became operational in 1910.
Fayetteville High School
Rediscovering our Roots
December 6, 2010 - what an exciting day for our school system! The School Board voted unanimously that day to begin adding grades over the next three school years until Fayetteville High School was completely reestablished.
How was FHS "reestablished?" Well, Fayetteville had a city high school years ago! Research continues as we try to learn more about the City High School that existed a century ago, but here's what we've learned so far.
Fayetteville's first high school was located on the land bounded by Bellview, Lee, Forrest, and Main Streets. The wooden, two-story schoolhouse was located in the southwest corner of the campus and contained grades one through 12. By March 1910, work was well underway on a new brick building that would become Robert E. Lee High School.
By September 1911, Fayetteville High School at R.E. Lee was in full gear. Fuller Moore was captain of the football team, and FHS girls’ basketball was organized that year. In May 1912, the local newspaper of the day, The Fayetteville Observer, carried a list of "Honor Grads" and noted that graduation exercises that year included piano recitals, chorus performances, a spelling match, and a debate.
The graduation exercise of 1913 included the largest class in the school's history as well as exhibitions of baseball at the fairgrounds.
By 1914, enrollment had reached 450 students system- wide, an all-time high. Newspaper articles lauded FHS as a "model school"for cities across the state. A November 5, 1914 newspaper article praised the many sports facilities at FHS, including basketball courts, tennis courts, a football field, and an area for baseball.
Enrollment continued to grow as noted in newspaper articles covering the 1915 graduation exercises.
So what happened to the original Fayetteville High School? In 1895, the Lincoln County School System began construction of a high school located within the city limits, and by 1909 Eighth District School was established.By 1920, this county school included grades 1 through 12, and in that timeframe Fayetteville began phasing out its high school one grade each year over a four-year period. We don't yet know the exact year, but in this general timeframe, the original Fayetteville High School closed.
In 1967, the Fayetteville School Board built the current FHS building and added a 9th grade. Fayetteville Junior High School thrived at this location for over four decades, and finally, with our senior class for the 2013-2014 school year, Fayetteville High School was fully reestablished! For the 2014-2015 school year, our school system has an enrollment of over 1500 students and is bigger and better than ever!
As you can see, what we've done here on Tiger Hill is reestablish a High School that thrived in Fayetteville 100 years ago! Newspaper articles repeatedly called the original city high school a "model school" due to its strong focus on academics, competitive athletic programs, strong discipline, music, and arts. Nearly a century has passed, but these are the same timeless standards we strive to achieve today at Fayetteville High School.
The system operates one elementary school, one middle school, and one high school. Fayetteville City Schools serve students in grades PreK-12.
Currently governing the school system is a six member school board elected by the public. The school board board appoints the director of schools. The board meets openly on the first Monday of each month at 5:00pm in the multi-purpose room on the second floor of the Municipal Building. The public is notified of any called meetings through the local media.
The Fayetteville City School System complies with the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Equal Opportunities Act of 1974 and is, therefore, an Equal Opportunity Employer. In additional, all students shall have the same educational opportunities, regardless of race, color, religion, ethnic origin, gender, or disabilities.
Additional information regarding the Fayetteville City Schools is available by calling the office of the Director at 931-433-5542 or by writing to the Director of Schools 110A Elk Avenue, South Fayetteville, TN 37334.
The Board of Education reserves the right, through Director of Schools, to accept or reject non-resident students on an annual basis.
All three City Schools are fully accredited by the State of Tennessee and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).
1. To increase the number of students proficient in reading and mathematics;
2. To encourage and promote professional development of educators and adminstrators;
3. To provide a high-quality curriculum based on the needs of the students; and,
4. To provide a safe learning environment.
High expectations promote success.
Each student is a valued individual and should be challenged to the fullest.
The school, family and community must work as a cooperative group to provide a supportive learning environment.
It is our responsibility to allocate resources and ensure their use to support staff performance and student achievement.
Students should be provided a safe, caring and disciplined learning environment.
Assessment results should be used to link instruction to student needs and individualized educational opportunities outside the school day should be provided to addresss the needs.
On days it becomes necessary to close school because of adverse weather conditions, announcements will be made on local radio stations as soon as possible. Remember to listen specifically for announcements concerning FAYETTEVILLE CITY SCHOOLS on WEKR AND WYTM. In addition to media coverage on the radio and television announcements, you will receive a call through our School Messenger Program, if you have completed the necessary paperwork.
Bus transportation is provided for students living within the Fayetteville City limits.