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THE PLAN AND
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HISTORY OF COHN HIGH SCHOOL
Corinne L. Cohn High School had its beginning in l928 when a wing of the
present building was constructed and named to honor the memory of Mrs. Co-
rinne Leiberman Cohn, a beloved former member of the Nashville City Board
of Education. Mr. AI. H. Sikes, a long-time teacher in IfVest Nashville, was named
Immediately Cohn School became a center of community interest. Its lead-
ership in Mr. Sikes, Mr. Brown, and other teachers, working in cooperation
with a wide-awake Parent-Teacher Association and community leaders, brought
the Cohn Junior High School, into the educational forefront of the city. The
growth of the school was so rapid that it soon became overcrowded and badly in
need of new facilities. The people of I'Vest Nashville liked their community
school and dreamed of the day when their children might complete their high
school training in their own school. In l937 a new building program began,
doubling the floor space of Cohn, adding a gymnasium, a large auditorium, new
shops, a new Home Economics department, and many new classrooms. The same
year saw the tenth grade added to the school, with the promise of more grades
being added in future years until a full high school status should be attained.
The school was officially named the Corinne L. Cohn High School.
The gratitude and pride of IfVest Nashville people immediately found expres-
sion in increased school enthusiasm and support. The P.'T. A. enrollment soared
and a new Men's Club of Cohn High School was formed. The fine loyalty,
enthusiasm, and financial support of these organizations gave the school the
undergirding it needed for permanent growth as a community center and as a
leading educational institution. The line vision of the city school administraa
tion, the unfailing love and generosity of Mr. Charles Cohn, and the hne loyalty
of the business interests of Mfest Nashville were indispensable in these early years
of development. By 1939 Cohn High School had a well-rounded four-year course
of study, an excellent library, a Fine band and orchestra, a splendid chorus, full
participation in all interscholastic athletics, a strong school newspaper, an ade-
quate speech department, a Fine faculty of thirty-six teachers, and a building about
to burst with enthusiastic young people. The year l939 saw the retirement of
beloved Mr. -I. H. Sikes, after over fifty years of service to the children of IfVest
Nashville. The school, the alumni, the P.-T. A., and the Men's Club joined
hands and hearts in honoring Mr. Sikes at the largest banquet ever given in Ivest
In l940 Cohn High School had its hrst graduation. There were sixty-three
members in the class. It was a good class - one that had borne responsibility and
had helped set up sound precedents for tradition.
By 1941 Cohn was becoming too crowded. Already the people of YV est Nash-
ville were dreaming of and clamoring for a building program. The Board of
Education was responsive to their needs and soon had blueprints under way for
a greater Cohn High.
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