Tennessee School for the Blind

Tennessee School for the Blind was first conceived in the mind of James Champlin. Champlin, blind from birth, was inspired by visiting S. G. Howe and his Boston Asylum for the Blind. In 1843 Champlin launched a small private school for the blind in Nashville with the help of a group of ladies from the First Presbyterian Church. So successful was his program that on January 29, 1844, the Tennessee Legislature voted to underwrite the establishment of a “state” school for the blind.

In 1853, a permanent facility was built on Lebanon Rd. at Asylum St. in Nashville. In 1861, the property was appropriated for a military hospital during the Civil War. Victorious Federal troops later destroyed it by fire. Following the devastating war, the school struggled to survive until philanthropist Judge John M. Lea purchased the Claiborne Mansion on Fillmore St. (108 Hermitage Ave.), and donated it to the state for the school. The institution flourished at this location for some 80 years.

In 1949 the state bought the Clover Bottom Farm, and set apart one hundred acres for the campus. In 1952, TSB entered new facilities built on this famous plantation in Donelson, a suburb of Nashville, Tennessee. A major renovation of the school was completed in 1993, prior to TSB’s Sesquicentennial celebration. The school continues at this location to the present, serving students through our campus and outreach programs.

Contact Information

115 Stewarts Ferry Pike Nashville, Tennessee 37214
Phone: 615-231-7300 Fax:615-871-9312
Website: http://www.tsbtigers.org/

Title Name Phone Email
Superintendent Dr. David Martin 615-231-7316 david.martin@tsbtigers.org
Principal Dr. Tonja Dandy 615-231-7397 tonja.dandy@tsbtigers.org
Athletic Director Andy Joiner 615-231-7320 andy.joiner@tsbtigers.org
Boys Track Coach Andy Joiner 615-231-7320 andy.joiner@tsbtigers.org
Girls Track Assistant Coach Emily Sullivan 615-231-7411 emily.sullivan@tsbtigers.org
Girls Track Coach Hollie Hughes 615-231-1158 hollie.hughes@tsbtigers.org
Wrestling Coaches Jay Humphreys

Robin Bush





Cheerleading Coaches Allison Dunne

Sonya Hopkins





Head Swim Coach
Swim Coach Arthur Humphrey 615-231-1160 arthur.humphrey@tsbtigers.org
Forensics Coach Sheryl Spencer 615-231-1114 sheryl.spencer@tsbtigers.org
Girls Goalball Coach Kari Harold 615-231-1161 kari.harold@tsbtigers.org
Boys Goalball Coach Jay Humphreys 615-231-1113 jerry.humphreys@tsbtigers.org
Mascot Tiger
School Colors Royal Blue & Light Gold