The award was not a surprise to graduates that spent their high school days on the “Hill” getting an education.
Nashville attorney Mary Lauren Walden Teague bubbles over with praise while talking about her alma mater.
"The attentive, caring faculty and staff combined with passionate students make MCHS an inspiring learning environment where I was equipped to face the challenges of college and later law school. I wouldn't trade my high school experience at MCHS for anything," said Teague.
“McNairy Central was brand new when I began attending school there in the 10th grade,” said Molly Webb Meiseinheimer, of Oxford. “The ‘bricks and mortar’ was the way students from rural schools came together to form an united student body. It was exciting and fun with a wonderful educational curriculum. Plus, all the towns around us were jealous of our great school!”
McNairy County General Sessions Judge Van McMahan is proud to be a graduate of the school and now is a parent happy to send his three children to his old school.
“As a student, it was the place where I formed friendships that have lasted a lifetime. It’s where I met Christy (Mulder McMahan) and where I had the best times of my life with her and friends without the stress of worries of life,” said Judge McMahan.
“The primary reason Christy and I moved back home from Birmingham was because we knew we could trust McNairy County’s school system above others. We trust the teachers and administration to provide a safe place for them to learn at McNairy Central and teach my children the things they need to know to be successful in college and life.”
Samantha Washburn Martin, a RN in Jackson, said the school still floods her mind with many happy memories and allowed her to form lifelong friendships with others she would not have met without the consolidated school.
“I will always consider McNairy Central to be my “home” and feel honored to be a graduate of MCHS,” remarked Martin. “McNairy Central is a public school with the options of a private school. I was able to participate in many extracurricular activities while having the opportunity to take AP classes. I was able to earn college credit before I ever entered a college classroom.”
Former McNairy Central student and teacher Jim Glover, now a teacher/teacher at Jackson North Side, has a good perspective on the school where his mother Dr. Martha Glover served as principal and teacher.
“McNairy Central gave me a great education,” said Glover. “Our teachers challenged us to achieve more than we thought we were capable of at that time.”
Lori Donaldson Knerr, owner of Bellevue MediSpa in Nashville, is proud to say she is an alumnus of McNairy Central.
“My four years there were some of the best of my life! I was able to keep a great balance of extra-curricular activities and academics,” said Knerr. “We had three or four AP classes at the time and I took two, so I began MTSU with six hours of college credit.”
Misti Garner Gray, a RN, is a big booster of MCHS and she pinpoints an outstanding faculty as a key reason the school has been so successful.
“MCHS had always been one of the top schools in the nation. The reason is the same reason it was when I graduated 21 years ago, quality teachers,” praised Gray. “The teachers at MCHS offer students enough nurturing to provide them with confidence and allows them enough freedom to learn to think independently. This has served me well in my adult life.”