Celebrating Glencliff High School

Glencliff High School: One of the State’s Most Beautifully Diverse Schools  
Posted on 01/21/2022
Glencliff students working outside

Sixty years after sending its first graduating class into the world, Glencliff High is one of the most diverse schools in Tennessee, with more than 30 different nationalities and 25 languages represented in the student population. That diversity makes Glencliff a unique and exciting community in which to teach and learn.   

“It is my pleasure to serve the students at Glencliff High School. Our vision is to be an exemplar school that models effective teaching and learning,” says Principal Clint Wilson. “We provide a safe and nurturing environment to meet the social and emotional needs of our students every day. The students are the reason that we are here.” 

The high school originally opened its doors to 350 seventh- and eighth-graders and 13 faculty members. Each year the school added a grade until the junior/senior high school housed grades 7-12.  

The school takes its name from the Glencliff Estate, which was a part of the original property owned by one of Nashville’s oldest families, the W.A. Woodroff family. The Glencliff Mansion and the Woodroff home were located on Old Mill Creek Valley Road, now called Antioch Pike.  

Glencliff has three academies that provide unique experiences for students that prepare them to be college- or career-ready.

  • The Academy of Health and Hospitality
  • The Ford Academy of Business and Innovation
  • The Academy of Agriculture, Automotive and Technology

Facts about Glencliff High School 

  • Glencliff has an award-winning Culinary Arts program. Twice a month, students provide lunches for faculty, staff and visitors in the Southern Tea Room. Students work on every detail of lunch from creating a menu to making a budget for the meals and working as restaurant staff. 
  • Students can take dual-credit courses with Nashville State Community College to earn credits in personal finance, medical terminology and agricultural science. 
  • The high school celebrates International Day to highlight the heritage, culture, food and attire of their 30-plus nationalities. 
  • The Academy of Agriculture, Automotive and Technology recently built a hydroponic tree nursery to grow bare-root trees for Root Nashville, the city’s urban tree canopy renewal initiative.
    Glencliff High School cross country players

Glencliff High School is incorporating Every Student Known into the school’s vision and using that to guide the day-to-day academics in providing every student a better tomorrow than today. The high school offers virtual clubs for students to ensure they can participate from wherever they might be. Students are connected to leadership teams to assist them in future academic or career goals and resources.  

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