Milestones that matter and make you proud. . .
(if you know of an event or year that we should add to Melrose Golden Wildcats’ timeline, Hit Us Up here and let us know the specifics).
First known as the District 18 School of Shelby County
Melrose graduated its first class, comprised of five (5) girls.
Melrose became part of the city school system.
City officials received $137,000 in support and financing for a new building through the New Deal’s Public Works Administration. This original building was vacated in 1981 but it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places
Melrose and Park Avenue Schools merged when the new brick, steel, concrete and fireproof building was completed.
Melrose Golden Wildcats football team was inaugurated with Cecil D. Goodlow as the coach.
Mt. Pisgah Church was the graduation site to an overflow crowd of parents, faculty, and community residents.
Graduate Dr. Alvin Crawford became the first to earn a medical degree from the University of Tennessee
Memphis Melrose Alumni Association established (See history
Los Angeles Melrose Alumni Association established (See history
Melrose Center for Cultural Enrichment, a 501(c)(3) champions the Orange Mound heritage is established
Detroit Melrose Alumni Association and Atlanta Melrose Alumni Association formed.
Olympic gold medalist Sheila Echols won in the 4 x 100 m relay. She also won the 1989 IAAF World Cup 100 m title.
Rochelle Stevens won the women’s gold medal in 4 x 400 meter relay.
Melrose High School was cited by the Memphis Education Association as School of the Year.
Melrose High School was designated as a Title I School.
Melrose High School was again cited by the Memphis Education Association as School of the Year.
2010 – Melrose High School placed on the Smithsonian National Registry
Kirk Whalum Class of 76, award-winning saxophonist and music educator, wins first Grammy along with 12 other Grammy nominations in his career.
Smithsonian Traveling Exhibit “The Way We Worked” in Orange Mound/ Melrose’ Community Center, was the first urban community in Tennessee to host a Smithsonian traveling exhibition.
Cheryl Scales ’80 and Bobbie Scales selected as White House Community Leaders under President Obama.
Orange Mound and Melrose HS featured in the PBS Program ‘A Community Called Orange Mound.
Orange Mound marks its 125th Anniversary with a year long schedule of events including kick-off programs at Melrose High School and a commemorative special postmark
officially issued by the United States Post Office.
Valedictorian Dellarontay Readus Visits First Lady at the White House
Who knows what we will do in 2016 and beyond?