Past look at Hunters Lane High School

by Armando Catalan
Photographic Editor

Ever thought who walked the halls of Hunter Lane High School before you? Nearly 26 years ago Hunters Lane High School was first opened. Through the years, the school has changed and grown but the school’s message has still remained the same. “The faculty staff and students of Hunters Lane High school will provide a nurturing environment where personal growth and responsibility are valued, and academic excellence is a  daily pursuit.”

August 21, 1986 was the first day of at Hunters Lane High for nearly two-thousand students. The high school was established in 1986. First day of school was a hazard, Dickerson Road had heavy traffic. With students gathering of six different schools the feeling was thrilling and terrifying at the same moment.

The first senior class of 1987 voted on the school’s mascot to be the Warrior. The runner up to the Warrior was the Wolverine. As the Warrior being the school’s mascot, next the school colors we selected. Blue was selected for representing Goodlettsville, Orange for Madison, and White for Dupont. Each color is from one high school color. Hunters Lane High received its name chosen by Metro by being located on Hunters Lane Road.

The Warrior Front Cover

The feeling of a new a experience in a new environment was tense and full of excitement for the first class of seniors. The class of 1987 had an amount of 347 seniors graduating that exact year. With new courses, students, comes with a new faculty.

A.D. Hancock was the Lanes first executive principal. Observing more than two thousand students, Mr. Hancock had assistance for guiding his students to a better future. An assistant principal had a grade of students to make the school go at a academic pace. Leroy Wright was the assistant for the 9th graders, James P Sullins was the assistant principal for the 10th graders, Dr. Julie Williams was the assistant principal for the 11th graders, and James B Carter  was the 12th graders assistant principal.

Principals from top left to bottom right, Executive Principal A.D. Hancock, 10th Grade Principal James P. Sullins, 9th Grade Principal Leroy Wright, 12th Grade Principal James B. Carter, 11th Grade Principal Dr. Julie Williams, Connie Dabbs, and Cleve Yokley

With a new fresh start, diversity was different then than it is now. Many of the students were southern raised Caucasian students who also shared the hallways with African-Americans. A jump of Hispanic/Latino students and other ethnic background didn’t walk the passageways of the school until the mid 1990’s and 2000’s. “Diversity with the student body makes Hunters Lane the unique school that it is.”-Warrior Yearbook 1994.

Warriors of the early years had a different tastes and preferences when it came to clothing. The boys wore blue jeans, with neon t-shirts and often wore long sleeved sweaters.  The boys had big  long hair. Such as molets, spiked hair and hair like Rock stars. The girls were very conservative. The Warrior girls had big puffy hair and the halls often smelled of hairspray. Neon colors were very popular.

One thing for certain was that all grade levels weren’t allowed to wear shorts. School dress code didn’t even occur until the early 2000’s. Sagging definitely wasn’t around in the beginning. “Any individual who sagged might have possibly been the laughing stock of the school for exposing their unmentionables,” says Ms. Harris.

Students walk the Halls of HLHS. No Shorts allowed

Hunters Lane was built nearly two decades ago and although the school building still looks the seem, it did look different then compared now. Student lockers were blue and also yellow-orange. Now all of the schools lockers are blue. The walls were like a creamy vanilla color.Some of the classrooms still have its original wall paint color.

The campus had light brown interior carpet that covered the entire school except the lobby. The carpet was removed about seven years ago. It was only changed twice due to dirty shoes.

HLHS Parking lot

In the first year, all school sports activities were played away at other school fields. Sadly there was no Homecoming that year.  Eventually Hunters Lane did get various athletic facilities for the Campus. In 1994 the girls Softball team raised money to build a field for the Ladies Softball team. Four fields are located at the schools property.

There is a Baseball field and Softball field located behind the school. The old Football field existed on the west side of the school (were the soccer and football teams currently practice.) Now the football team lay in the new football/track field.

The Warrior seniors knew how to have fun. The AP English students of 87 wrote the Alma Mater for the school. AP English teacher Mrs. Harris was in the first senior class and was in the AP English class that wrote the school’s Alma Mater.

HLHS Cafeteria

Many Warriors weren’t allowed to walk the court yard except for special occasions such as Warrior week. The cafeteria had tables that were rounded that seated 8-10 students before the current tables that spilt and stand up vertical.
English, Physics, Algebra are class that every Warrior had to take. Sadly over the years, several courses were dropped. Shop, Home Economics, Orchestra, Photography, Auto mechanics, Child care, Meatpacking, and Cabinet/Furniture making are some of the courses that are no longer available.

Students in their Child Care class

Child care was a class where students tendered and cared for children that were left in school for the period. Once a month teachers were allowed to drop off their children at this class. This class was the cause for the playground located near the bus drop off.

Meat Packing was also an elective which taught students the ins and outs of the meat packing industry. Students learned how to properly and humanely slaughter livestock

Students examining a cow in their Meat Packing class

and process the meat. Students were often allowed to bring their own grilling equipment for a tasty after class snack.
Like shop, Cabinet/Furniture making improved the skills of shop to make shelves, chairs, tables, and others that came to mind. Students were able to take the skills learned and apply them towards their professional careers.

 Music courses were also demised as the years continued to pass. In the early years of the school, musical instruments were everywhere. There was a String Band, where students could practice the Banjo, Bass, Mandolin, Fiddles and many more. Several of the student


Students with their musical instuments

Fiddlers went on the road and became professional Fiddlers.

     Hunters Lane High and her students have been covered in television news and in newspaper  such as the old print “Nashville paper.” In 1988, Brian Wilson became a Broadway actor. In 1990 the Forensics club won the National Forensics Championship.

MysteryIn the 1990’s, Clay Ramane went from high school track team player to the Olympics for the USA track team. Another Warrior athlete that went into professional sports was Reggie Grimes. Grimes went to play professional football and was drafted to the NFL’s New England Patriots. Reggie played for the New England Patriots in the early 2000’s.

Several years ago, a senior student went on an expedition to Antarctica to research and study the effects of global issues that affected the south pole. This story caught local news and national media as well.

Years flew by and the Lane continued to grow becoming a fun and exciting environment for its students. WSMV Channel 4 News named Hunters Lane High “A Cool School” for many of its school activities and school spirit.

Through good and bad times, daily lessons are taught to every student that goes through the Lane. This school is a second home to all students, faculty, and staff as well. Every day that passes, history is being made. Once a class Warrior always a Warrior.

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