Anderson County High School was created in 1983 from the high schools of Norris and Lake City. Since that time, the school population has grown from around 700 students to nearly 1100. During our twenty-seven year history, ACHS has had eight principals: Mr. Pat Cotter, Ms. Sally Jackson, Mr. John Price, Mr. Gene Wright, Mr. Tom Heffern, Dr. Bob McCracken, Mr. Greg Deal, and currently Mrs. Andrea Russell. ACHS is located in what is considered the fastest growing section of Anderson County.
Our Passion at ACHS is the academic achievement of our students, and their growth into good citizens of our nation. ACHS takes great pride in the fact that we remain "In Good Standing" rating that comes with meeting all the benchmarks of the No Child Left Behind Act. Recent graduates have been successful at the U.S. Air Force Academy, the Honors College of The University of Alabama, and honors program at the University of Kentucky with acceptance into Emory University Medical School. ACHS proudly graduated a National Merit Scholarship Finalist in both 2011 and 2012, and each girl received a full academic scholarship to the school of her choice, Auburn University and Duke University. Last year's Valedictorian entered the honors program at The University of Tennessee. Also, two 2012 graduates received full scholarships to Berea College. ACHS has numerous former students who have gone on to be successful lawyers, doctors, engineers, architects, teachers, and business entrepreneurs. Many have come back to reside in the communities in which they grew up in and are active as parents and/or supporters of our school.
ACHS boasts state championships in Girls Volleyball and Girls Track. Our other sports programs have made numerous appearances in the state playoffs. Our baseball team made it to Murfreesboro in 2008 and a state semifinal appearance in 1996. Our football program made state quarterfinal appearances in 2001 and 2009.
Our band program is recognized as one of the outstanding programs in the state of Tennessee. Under the long time leadership of Mr. Paul Brown, the ACHS band has received numerous awards for their outstanding performances. We also have a very talented and active drama program led by Mrs. Cook that continues to impress with productions of Little Shop of Horrors, Footloose, and Fame.
The Cadets of the Navy Junior ROTC Maverick Company have for the past nine years received the Navy's top unit award, the Distinguished Unit Award. They have been nationally ranked in academic competitions and compete across the southeast in drill meets. The Color Guard is the most active in Tennessee averaging over 80 presentations each year for the past twelve years including an appearance before 102,000 fans at the University of Tennessee vs. Kentucky football game, and as the Color Guard when the UT men's basketball team defeated No.1 Kansas before 22,000 fans and a national TV audience.
One of the strengths of Anderson County High School is the involvement of the parents in the community and our booster organizations. The people in the communities that serve ACHS love their school, and work very hard to insure that the school, teachers, and students have the support they need to be successful.