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Dobyns-Bennett High School

Dobyns-Bennett High School
1800 Legion Drive
Kingsport, TN  37664
(423)  378-8400

Dr. Chris Hampton, Principal
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Ice Bucket Challenge
Dobyns-Bennett High School Makes The Daily Beast’s 2014 Top High Schools List
KINGSPORT, Tenn.Dobyns-Bennett High School has been named by The Daily Beast as one of America’s Top High Schools for a second year in a row.
Only 735 public high schools were included on The Daily Beast 2014 Top High Schools list out of more than 24,500 public high schools in the country. For the last two years, The Daily Beast considered the nation’s high schools that have proven to be the most effective in turning out college-ready graduates. Each year, they have fine-tuned their methodology slightly, but stayed true to the following factors that have proven to be the best indicators of college readiness: graduation rates, rigor - participation in college-level classes and exams via Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) programs, ACT/SAT scores, percentage of students with free/reduced lunch and acceptance into a two- or four-year college.
Dobyns-Bennett High School is ranked in the top three (3) percent (561) of all U.S. High Schools. D-B only administers AP tests and does not offer an IB program. Approximately 657 Advanced Placement tests were administered to D-B students in 2013. The number of seniors graduating from D-B in 2013 was 435.
77.1 percent of Dobyns-Bennett High School students who completed an AP test scored at least a three (3) or above. An AP exam score ranging from a three (3) to a five (5) qualifies students for college credit in the subject area.
“We are extremely proud that Dobyns-Bennett has once again been recognized as one of America’s top high schools in the nation by The Daily Beast,” said Dr. Lyle Ailshie, Kingsport City Schools Superintendent. “I believe this recognition is a true testament of the hard work our students, faculty and staff put in year round. The Top High Schools listing demonstrates the importance of Advanced Placement classes in our schools, providing the opportunity for our students to have a world class education and college credit before college.”
This is the ninth time D-B has been named to the Top High Schools List based on report findings. The lists were published in 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2013 by Newsweek Magazine and The Daily Beast. In 2014 The Daily Beast published their own listing. Twelve (12) Tennessee schools were ranked on the 2014 listing. Visit for a complete listing of the 735.

SENIOR PICTURE MAKE UPS will be held on September 8 in the Little Theatre.  Pictures will be made from 8:30-1:30.  Please call LIfetouch at 764-3778 with any questions.



ETSU Roan Scholars Leadership Program
Nomination applications are now available for the Roan Scholars Program at ETSU.  The Roan is one of ETSU’s most distinguished merit scholarships, covering full tuition and fees and providing allowances for both room and board and textbooks.  Scholars also receive a new Dell laptop computer.  Just as significantly, throughout their time at ETSU, Roan Scholars have access to special workshops and seminars, internships and international travel.

Scholars are selected based on leadership ability, intellectual curiosity, strong character, and evidence of a physically-active lifestyle.

Applications are available in the counseling office.

Deadline: September 26

Niswonger Scholarship applications are currently available for seniors!!  The Niswonger Scholarship Foundation is looking for well-rounded seniors who demonstrate strength of character as well as academic skills.  The major criteria for this scholarship includes:  demonstrated leadership ability, good character, intelligence, family financial need, and commitment to return to and serve Northeast Tennessee.  This scholarship may be used to attend any college or university in the United States.   Applications are due Sept 12th!!!              

Dobyns-Bennett Band Accepts ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
KINGSPORT, Tenn. – The Dobyns-Bennett Band will take part in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 28, 2014, having accepted the challenge issued by the Franklin High School Band in Williamson County (TN).  The event will take place on the field of J. Fred Johnson Stadium at Dobyns-Bennett High School (1800 Legion Drive).
“While our participation is a result of a challenge from the Franklin Band, this is a great opportunity to create local awareness for this terrible disease that effects families in our community, including families in our own band program,” said D-B Band Director Lafe Cook.  “It also gives us a fantastic opportunity to teach the band students about the importance of giving back, which is especially meaningful given how many people donate in support of the D-B Band.”
The band hopes to raise as much as $1,000 for the ALS Foundation as a result of its participation.  Donations will be accepted online at and checks will be collected made out to “D-B Band Boosters” with “ALS” in the memo line.  Involvement in the challenge is not mandatory, but band students are encouraged to participate.
September is National Library Card Sign-Up Month
The D-B library is celebrating Library Card Sign-Up Month by hosting a National Library Card Sign-Up Day on Thursday, September 11th .  Students can come to the library and pick up an application for a public library card anytime during the day.  A public library representative will be on hand  in the DB library  providing information on the e-book digital download program called R.E.A.D.S.  as well as  the youth services offered at the public library.  A public library representative will be available after school during parent teacher conferences as well. Parents attending conferences are encouraged to stop by the library and learn more about the Kingsport Public Library and sign-up for a library card. 

Congratulations to Cadet Major Savannah Hunter who was selected as the D-B Air Force JROTC Cadet Corps Commander for the 1st Semester!


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