And the Soddy Daisy prom bust wasn't worthy of publication in the TFP, just the Chattanoogan.
I would venture to say that a number of students at SMMHS know as much or more about the Tennessee River Gorge Trust than you do. I will agree with you that 'American academic performance is slipping', but not at SMMHS. The class of 2012 had a 100% graduation rate, with 100% of the students accepted to an impressive list of colleges, and a number of them received merit based scholarships. In fact, 75 percent of the class achieved a GPA adequate to qualify for the Tennessee Hope Scholarship. I do not believe it was 'religious zealots' who were instumental in developing the International Baccalaureate program at SMMHS. It was bleeding heart libruls (sic). Since you mention music, art, and culture programs, I should inform you that the music, theatre arts, and cultural diversity programs at SMMHS rival any in the state and are supported primarily through the hard work and financial contributions of parents. In reference to the speeding, I would like to offer my condolences to you for living on Shackleford Ridge Road. It has been my experience that the parents picking up their kids from Nolan Elementary and the middle school drive much faster than the students at the high school. As you ride your bike around the mountain, you might also want to take notice that the speeding vehicles' bumpers display stickers from the elite private schools as well.
I am sorry for the diatribe. I am quite certain that you must have some faults of your own. Perhaps you should spend some time focusing on your own faults, rather than the faults of other. I sincerely hope that you have a better day tomorrow.
And everybody better hope they don't check other schools' athletic rosters.
Reply to please,
Although I may disagree with your basic premise, I respect your opinion.
I hope you will continue to financially support the academic mission of all the schools on Signal Mountain by contributing to the Mountain Education Foundation. As I am sure you know, the MEF is the non-profit fundraising organization that supports the varied needs of all the schools on the mountain, which are not met through the funding shortfalls of the Board of Education.
Although I will continue to support a number of the various "Booster" programs at the school, the majority of my financial support still goes to the MEF for the betterment of the entire education system on Signal Mountain.
Ferrell, I assume you do not have children attending Signal Mountain High School. If you believe our coaches, teachers, and administrators have not "built character and confidence in the young men and women" at Signal Mountain; or, if you believe our children are disrespectful or ungratious, you obviously do not know any of them personally.
As for the underage drinking incident last year, Mr. McCullough accused Coach Price of "covering up" the incident, before he knew that the players had already been disciplined by the coach and appropriate authorities.
BIG MONEY BOOSTERS? Give me a break. If we had big money boosters, we would have concession stands, bathrooms, and a field house at the stadium like the private schools do. For your information, we do have an awesome school with tremendous class, character, and good sportsmanship. Please base your comments on personal observations, not innuendo, gossip, and incomplete newspaper articles.
Here's a link just for you, politinc. http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ax
To answer rosebud's question, all successful athletic programs attract gifted athletes. "If you build it, they will come." The T$$AA thoroughly evaluates all transfers to determine their eligibility to participate in sports. 'Recruiting" is prohibited by the T$$AA, but students are free to transfer schools if the local school board allows it.
From reading the above comments, it is obvious to me that most of the posts are motivated by a dislike, or even hatred, of Bill Price and/or Signal Mountain High School. Most coaches have their share of haters, and Coach Price is no exception. In football circles, he is known as a hardnosed, aggressive, and sometimes obnoxious coach. No argument from me. However, among coaches and players who truly know the man, few would accuse him of being out of control, dirty, undisciplined, or unsportsmanlike. His haters and those who listen to gossip might, but not those who really know the man. It is very easy to criticize and make false accusations when posting anonymously and when one's comments needn't be backed up with fact. There is a reason hearsay evidence is not allowed in court.
Dislike of Signal Mountain is nothing new, and it pre-dates the formation of our high school. It is actually one of the main reasons people fought the building of the school for so many years. I would even place Mr. Hargis in that category. He never misses an opportunity to write a negative headline about Signal Mountain, while ignoring egregious incidents involving other area schools. Even the few kind words he has written about us are delivered in a very backhanded way.
Some posters seem well intentioned, but are misinformed, under informed, or naive enough to believe gossip. As for politinc, some of our detractors actually live on Signal Mountain, and you are obviously one of them. I do not believe the Athletic Club treadmill gossip or the gossip of disgruntled employees constitutes "knowing first hand what goes on at the school and in the community." I liked Eddie Gravitt also, but isn't it time to stop grinding that ax?
Those who believe Bill Price runs the school and the adminstration or that the "mommies and daddies of the rich entitled kids tell Coach Price how things should be done" are so far out of touch with reality that the remainder of their comments bear no merit.
Signal Mountain High School and what happens up here is not dissimilar to other high schools in the region; it just seems that we are the only ones who garner the constant attention of the press. I encourage everyone to think back to things that happened at their high school and that are still happening at the high schools their children attend before jumping on the "Bash Signal Bandwagon".