Alumni and Friends of West End School


Who We Are


West End School is located at 3529 West End Avenue in Davidson County, Nashville, Tennessee. The school sits at the edge of Elmington Park off West End Avenue and Bowling Avenue. Designed by Donald Southgate, a prominent Nashville architect of the time, the school’s red brick building is one of the best examples of Colonial Revival and Georgian Revival style of architecture, which is characterized by symmetry and a strong emphasis on a central front door and cupola. The building has a tower that is approximately 150 feet tall and houses a thousand pound bell that chimes sweetly at the top of each hour.

West End School was built in 1937 and opened as a high school with 823 students in grades 10-12 and 30 faculty members. Later, the school added grades 7-9, increasing enrollment to 1,025 students in the first year. West End quickly established a reputation as an excellent school under the leadership of the first principal, Dr. William Henry Yarbrough. After serving for seventeen years, Dr. Yarbrough was succeeded by Dr. John A. Oliver who also retired after 17 years. Dr. Craig Hammond currently serves as principal of this excellent and historic school.

West End has undergone a number of changes. In 1961 the junior high classes were removed, making it a high school for grades 10-12. In 1966 the junior high grades were returned and from 1966-1968, the high school was phased out at the rate of a grade a year. From 1968-1971 West End Junior High housed grades 7-9. In 1971 grade seven was discontinued, which left grades 8-9. In 1978 the ninth grade was assigned to the senior high school level, and grade seven again returned to West End. The school housed grades 7-8 from September 1978 until May 2001. Grades five and six were added in September 2001, and West End has been a 5-8 middle school since then.

The facilities at West End Middle School underwent $7,000,000 of improvement in 2007. A new central heating and cooling system replaced the old furnace that heated the school and the window air conditioners that cooled the rooms. Well over a million dollars was spent on updating the electrical system and the infrastructure for technology. All the windows were replaced, and the roof was repaired.