McGavock Comp High School

3150 McGavock Pike, Nashville, TN 37214
(615) 885-8850

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 2280 students 18 students/teacher (TN avg is 15)

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Gateway/End-of-Course (GT/EOC)

In 2013-2014 Tennessee used the Gateway/End-of-Course (EOC) exams to test high school students in language arts, math, science, and social studies upon completion of relevant courses. Students must pass the algebra I, English II, and biology I tests, called the Gateway exams, in order to graduate. The Gateway/EOC exams are standards-based tests that measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Tennessee. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.
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About this school

McGavock Comp High School is a public high school in Lakewood. The principal of McGavock Comp High School is Mr. Robin Wall and can be contacted at 2,280 students go to McGavock Comp High School and are mostly White, non-Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and Asian/Pacific Islander. 57% of the 2,280 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at McGavock Comp High School is 18:1. Stratford Comp High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Latin
  • Russian
  • Spanish


  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 49% 32%
Black, non-Hispanic 36% 46%
Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 4%
Asian 2% %
Hispanic 12% 17%
Multiracial 1% 0%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.1% 0%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.04% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 57% 69%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (3 years ago)

    I'm a new student hear at McGavock but so far the school has been amazing and the teachers and principals are great.and almost all the students hear are friendly and help you if you need help. its truly a great school

  • (3 years ago)

    I have had two sons graduate from McGavock 10 years apart. Both had typical high school experiences without any incidents and revieved a good education and went on to good careers. The teachers were great and cared about the students. The key ingredients to any student success at any school is parent involvement and the postive role models they have in their lives.

  • (3 years ago)

    Reading the reviews below and parent comments are almost comical. I had two children graduate from McGavock. Both were part of the band proram and spent the majority of their time involved with band functions. The school system as a whole is flawed each and every school in Davidson county will have issues and things that need to be improved. The experience each student has during school regardless of where they attend is up to each student and parent. Parents need to remain involved. Just because our kids are in high school doesnt mean mom and dad do not need to know what is happening. Regardless fo what activity your child wants to participate in make be there and be involved. Keep them involved. Students who are involved tend to score higher on standarize test and stay out of trouble. It is ok to get to kow your childs friends and know what is happening in their classrooms. The teachers can only build on what starts at home.

  • (4 years ago)

    My daughter is suppose to be attending MGHS next year and as a parent I'm reading all of these comments these students have written and their spelling grammar and punctuation are terrible. I guess that really doesn't say much about the education does it?

  • (4 years ago)

    Although the school does have a good number of students that don't care about their education there is a "silent majority" of students that do care about their academics and the school offers programs that most others don't have yet. For instance they offer an Air Force JROTC program with great instructors they have a new Aviation department courtesy of MTSU we have teachers that treat us like young adults and not little children and the list goes on and on. So before you look at the negatives of this school first look at the opprotunities that it offers.

  • (4 years ago)

    i am going to this school next year and all my siblings have gone here all 4 years and i have 5 brothers and 6 sisters.

  • (5 years ago)

    So far as band and its director mr. Beckman...They are tops and his way of discipline is much admired.

  • (5 years ago)

    I have had two children attend McG and both were part of the band program. The band program is excellent--no doubt. Students can get the educaiton they allow the staff to provide. Each student has the opportuity to get a quality education the new principal Mr Wall is doing good things at McG. He is trying hard to ensure every student who desires a quality education gets it. The academy program allows students take classes facued on their interest and professional goals. I cant say that every teacher my children had were dedicated and had the students interest in mind. I dont think any school can say this. I am thankful my children had the opportunity to be a part of the band program and receive their education at McG.

  • (5 years ago)

    After reading the parent's comments and those of the students and after experiencing the lack of effort on the part of a vocal minority of those attending classes here it's easy to see why the school gets a bad reputation. I see a daily lack of respect for self community and classmates. Some students refuse to do assigned work and play with cameras cell phones or other toys and chatter with classmates despite my best efforts to rein in the noisy ones. They throw garbage on the floors every day and generally disrespect the classroom. What are these students taught at home? Do they throw chip bags soda containers and wrappers on the living room floor at home? Probably....

  • (5 years ago)

    The band and music programs are fantastic. The student body is highly diversified. The quality of education that you desire is available for all. I now know several students attending MTSU Ut Knoxville Ut Chattanoga and various schools of higher learning. These students understood the meaning of education and were motivated and inspired by many on the McGavock staff. I also know of some real failures. The quality of education begins in the home environment. It is difficult to teach a person who is not properly motivated by encouraging parents friends and relatives. McGavock is not a school that replaces parental responsibility. If you expect the teaching staff to do more than baby sit your young folks you must be involved in the students life.

  • (5 years ago)

    I am very worried about my child's eduation. How can she make staight A's and only make a 19 on the ACT test. She can't even get into UT now. I am afraid she will be starting all over to get into college. So much time wasted on discipline and not enough on the good students and making sure they are ready for college. If you can afford it - go somewhere else.

  • (6 years ago)

    mcgavock is an excellent school with an awesome staff. The only thing different fromt his school is the amount of students. Mcgavock is a great school and i challenge anyone that says different.

  • (6 years ago)

    I'm a student at McGavock and it's been made out to be much worse than it actually is. Yes there are drugs smoking and fighting in the school but that's high school. I've attended one other high school and it was nearly the same thing. That school was much smaller than McGavock and more organized which was probably the reason for less commotion. I'd like to point out that I will be a product of McGavock and I have VERY high standards. I am also taking all honors classes and am college bound. To whomever said 'This school breeds low standards and mediocrity!!' don't judge an entire student body on the students who are there and choose not to learn please. For a person who wouldn't recommend McGavock to someone who had a choice they shouldn't recommend any large high school.

  • (6 years ago)

    I attend McGavock high school now and i don't thinks its that bad. Every school has its problems and McGavock is included. They offer good programs like Avid and Leadership. Avid is a program that motivates students to do good and their classes and go on to a higher education. Of course you have to maintain a 2.5 GPA and you also have to have at least one honors classes on your schedule. Leadership is also a very good coarse for students to take. This class teaches students to become a better person ( in their community school etc.) I believe Mcgavock is a good school. The school just gets a bad reputation because its a very big school and of course its going to get the most attention from the media. I recomd this school to parents and students. I'am a student myself and i happen to like it

  • (8 years ago)

    I have a child in this school and will be moving to get my child out of this school.They may offer some things that others dont but I am not impressed or happy with anything about this school and would not recomend it to anyone that has a choice

  • (8 years ago)

    I attended McGavcok High School and not only saw a lack of respect among the students but also a lack of enthusiasm by the teachers. The teachers look worn from the ridiculous behavior of unruly students and disengaging faculty. If you dont mind your child going to a school better suited for an after school special on drugs and violence then McGavock is for you. If you have a child that is college bound and wants to make something of him or herself.....take them somewhere else. This school breeds low standards and mediocrity!!

  • (8 years ago)

    I graduated from mcgavock 4 years ago and went there all 4 yrs of high school. The school wasnt to bad. The biggest problem was the lack of supervision and security. and the fact that the school was very over crowed and students were bussed in. There were always riots and fights going on. One year there was a riot duiring a school activity that everyone had to attened. Some one at the top of the bleachers started throwing things and it started a fight that ended turing in to a riot the cop we had was pepper sraying everyone even if they were an innocent by standard. It all comes down that there just isnt enough money in metro to do what needs to be done and its very sad. I loved mcgavock though.

  • (8 years ago)

    First off I loved McGavock High School I moved from Rutherford County to Davidson County just to attend. My freshman year there was great but students got away with a lot there at the time. Since August of 2002 when our new principles took over the school cleaned up fast. There were also new teachers and lots of new classes to take. We had tons of choices. Tutoring was always available so was summer school. They started and optional 7th period class for some students to either catch up or if they needed extra help and had the buses come back to safely take the few or many students who attended those classes home. Overall the school is wonderful and my son will be attending because I will not deprive him of a good educational school like McGavock!

  • (8 years ago)

    Mcgavock high school is by far the best high school ever. Yes it may have its many faults. but when its time for spirit and happiness the entire school pulls together. The student walk the halls paints red white n blue on spirit days they dress up when they can and abide by rules. i love u and theres nothing u can do about it has took that school from a very low point to the highest it can go. by far The best school any student can go to . The variety of people is enormous. no body can go with out a friend. if u want a great school with great programs go to Mcgavock.

  • (9 years ago)

    I attended McGavock high School and I wasn't very impressed. It seems like the kids have no respect for themselves or for their school. I took several honor classes but it seemed like it wasn't a big step up from the normal classes. Also the grounds of the school are not taken very good care of. Despite the school they do have a great Music Program and they have won tons of trophies. Overall though I wouldn't recommend the school for an education.

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