Tipton-Rosemark Academy

Last updated
Tipton-Rosemark Academy
Tipton-Rosemark Academy

Coordinates 35°21′50″N89°46′15″W / 35.3638°N 89.7708°W / 35.3638; -89.7708
TypePrivate Christian School
MottoBound for College, Prepared for Life.
Established1965 (1965)
Color(s)Red, White, and Blue
NewspaperTRA Tribune
Website tiptonrosemarkacademy.net

Tipton-Rosemark Academy (often abbreviated TRA) is a private Christian school in Shelby County, Tennessee, United States. [1] It is in the community of Rosemark, and near the border of Shelby and Tipton County. [2] It was established as a white flight academy and uses confederate imagery, including the nickname Rebels. [3]



Tipton-Rosemark Academy's inception came in 1965, when a group of parents established a white flight academy using the name Tipton Academy. [3] The founders since have framed the impetus for the school to be concern about the legal decision Abington School District v. Schempp, which prevented required government-sponsored Bible reading in public schools. An elementary school was established in a house in Munford, Tennessee and named Tipton Academy.

In 1967, another group built a facility in Brighton, Tennessee. In 1970, a kindergarten was added. Tipton Academy purchased Rosemark School, a closed public school built in 1922 from Shelby County in hopes of expanding the academy into grades 9–12. The newly acquired school was named Rosemark Academy. Some historians have cited Rosemark Academy as an example of a segregation academy. [4]

In 1980, Rosemark Academy was forced to cancel a football game at Pioneer Christian Academy because Pioneer Christian administrators felt that the Rosemark Academy cheerleader's uniforms were too revealing as the hemlines only came to mid-thigh. [5]

Seventh and eighth grades were moved to the Rosemark Academy in 1986 as the first step to consolidate all grades to the Rosemark campus.

As part of the consolidation process, a new elementary school building was constructed in 1988. The decision was then made to combine the names of the two schools, thus creating the modern name of Tipton-Rosemark Academy. [3]

In May 2008, RTA abandoned the old Rosemark school building, which had been built in 1922. In response to the Tennessee Preservation Trust's desire to save the building, the school offered to preserve it if $200,000 in donations could be raised by August, otherwise it would be razed before the new school year started. [6]

The Head of School at Tipton-Rosemark Academy is Dr. Andy Graham, Jr.. He was appointed to the position in July 2021. [7]


TRA is a member of the TSSAA, classified as Division II, Class A West. The school's mascot is the Rebel, and all sports teams are known as the TRA Rebels. Football, basketball, volleyball, soccer, softball, baseball, tennis, golf, cross country, and cheerleading are offered as varsity athletics. [8]

The school has won the following TSSAA championships: [9]

Related Research Articles

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Atoka, Tennessee</span> Town

Atoka is a local government area with a town charter in Tipton County, Tennessee, United States. In 1888, Atoka was a stop on the Newport News & Mississippi Valley Railroad. Today the City of New Orleans Amtrak passenger train makes its daily route between New Orleans and Chicago, through Atoka. The population was 10,008 at the 2020 census, making the Town of Atoka the largest municipality in Tipton County.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Clinton High School (Clinton, Tennessee)</span> School in Tennessee, United States

Clinton High School in Clinton, Tennessee, is the Anderson County, Tennessee, high school that serves students living in and near Clinton, Oliver Springs, and Claxton.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Collierville High School</span> Public school in Collierville, Tennessee, United States

Collierville High School is a public high school located in Collierville, Tennessee which operates under the administration of Collierville Schools. It was previously under the authority of Shelby County Schools until Collierville Schools splintered from it in 2014. Its school colors are maroon and white—formerly black and gold—and its mascot is the dragon, originally designed by elementary art teacher Lisa Ackerman as "Blister the Dragon".

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association</span>

The Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association (TSSAA), along with the affiliated Tennessee Middle School Athletic Association (TMSAA), is an organization which administers junior and senior high school sporting events in Tennessee. The TSSAA is the only high school athletic organization in the United States to have a five-sport, Olympic-style spring sport championship tournament, known as Spring Fling, for baseball, softball, track and field, team and individual tennis, and soccer. Spring Fling began in Chattanooga in 1993, later moving to Memphis, and then establishing itself in Murfreesboro. The TSSAA was one of the first high school athletic organizations to host a central site for football championships, beginning in 1982.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Bartlett High School (Tennessee)</span> High school in the United States

Bartlett High School is a high school located in Bartlett, Tennessee. It is part of the Bartlett City Schools. It was formerly operated by the Shelby County Schools system. Bartlett has two campuses, the main campus and the Ninth Grade Academy which is located at the former Shadowlawn Middle School campus on Shadowlawn Rd.

Harding Academy is a co-educational, Christian school in Memphis, Tennessee serving students from age 18 months to 18 years of age.

Fred J. Page High School is a public high school in Franklin, Tennessee, United States. The school serves the eastern section of Williamson County for students in grades 9–12.

Franklin High School is a public high school located in Franklin, Tennessee, United States. The school serves the north central section of Williamson County for students in grades 9–12.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Franklin Road Academy</span> Private school in Nashville, Tennessee, United States

Franklin Road Academy (FRA) is a private co-educational Christian school for students in pre-kindergarten through grade 12 located in Oak Hill, Tennessee. The school was founded in 1971 and originally affiliated with the First Christian Church before it became a separate incorporated organization in 1982. FRA has been described as a segregation academy, like other schools established after a court ordered Nashville public schools to expand desegregation busing.

Northpoint Christian School (NCS) is a private Christian school located in Southaven, Mississippi, that has been described as a white flight school. The school was founded in 1973 by a group of ten White Southern Baptist churches in the Whitehaven section of Memphis, Tennessee, at a time when public schools were integrating Black and White students. Programs for kindergarten through Grade 8 began in 1973, and grades 9-12 were added the following year. As of 2014, the school was the third-largest private school in Greater Memphis. For the 2022-2023 school year, they are celebrating their 50th anniversary of the schools creation.

Pioneer Christian Academy in Tennessee was a college preparatory school in Whites Creek, Tennessee. It was a non-denominational Christian school. In 2006, it had 220 students from pre-kindergarten to twelfth grade. The school closed in 2009.

Bishop Byrne High School was a private, Roman Catholic high school in Memphis, Tennessee. It was located in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Memphis.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Rosemark, Tennessee</span> Unincorporated community in Tennessee, United States

Rosemark is an unincorporated residential and farm community located along Tennessee State Route 14 in northeastern Shelby County, Tennessee, United States. It had a population of 2,315 people in 2010.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Forrest School (Chapel Hill, Tennessee)</span> Public school in the United States

Forrest School is a public school in Chapel Hill, Tennessee. It serves grades 7-12 and is part of the Marshall County School District. The school is also known as Forrest Middle School for grades 7-8 and Forrest High School for grades 9-12. It is named for Nathan Bedford Forrest, a Confederate general, known for his outstanding military leadership in the cavalry, the massacre of African American Union troops stationed at Fort Pillow, and for being the first Grand Wizard of the KKK.

Kirby High School(KHS) is a public high school in the Hickory Hill community of Memphis, Tennessee, United States, and is a part of the Shelby County Schools district. KHS was established in 1980 as part of the Shelby County School System, serving students from grades 7 to 10, subtracting and adding grades until the first graduating class left KHS at the end of the 1982-83 school year. It later became a Memphis City School campus, after Memphis annexed Hickory Hill in 1999.

Lake County High School is a secondary school in Tiptonville, Tennessee. Established in 1963, the school serves students in grades 9-12.

Messick High School was a public high school in Memphis, Tennessee, established in 1908 and operated from 1909 to 1981. The main building was demolished in 1982, but Memphis City Schools uses some other former Messick facilities to house the Messick Adult Education Center.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Barretville, Tennessee</span> Unincorporated community in Tennessee, United States

<span class="mw-page-title-main">William Blount High School</span> Public high school in Maryville, Tennessee, United States

William Blount High School (WBHS) is a four-year public American high school located approximately 4.6 mi (7.4 km) from Maryville in Blount County, Tennessee. Established in 1979 and named for Tennessee's territorial governor, WBHS is the largest of four high schools in the Blount County Schools public school district.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Westwood Community School District (Iowa)</span> Public school district in Sloan, Iowa, United States


  1. "Tipton-Rosemark Academy". Geographic Names Information System . United States Geological Survey, United States Department of the Interior.
  2. "Tipton-Rosemark Academy" . Retrieved 8 August 2014.
  3. 1 2 3 Smith, Patrick (2019). "The Rebel Made Me Do It: Mascots, Race, and the Lost Cause". University of Southern Mississippi. p. 196. Retrieved 18 October 2023.
  4. Pohlmann, Marcus D. (2008). Opportunity Lost: Race and Poverty in the Memphis City Schools. Univ. of Tennessee Press. p. 85. ISBN   9781572336384.
  5. Taft, Larry (September 17, 1980). "Hemline issue forced prep game cancelation". The Tennessean. p. 27.
  6. "Deadline nears to save school". Commercial Appeal. June 22, 2008.
  7. The Cornerstone September 2021
  8. "Tipton-Rosemark Academy: Athletics" . Retrieved 8 August 2014.
  9. 1 2 https://tssaasports.com/school/?id=508