We are a public, tuition-free, college preparatory charter school serving the Whitehaven community of Memphis, Tennessee. Our mission is to help transform public education so ALL students graduate prepared for collegeleadership, and life.



4184 Graceland Drive
Memphis, TN 38116
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Phone:(901) 730-4098

Message from the Principal

"Education is for improving the lives of others and for leaving your community and world better than you found it.”

Welcome to Hillcrest High School, a place where students learn to transcend their environment through the integration of academic and social skills, follow their passion and experience the beauty of their dreams. My 13-year career in education is driven by the desire to help young people achieve their greatest potential. As Principal of Hillcrest High School, my goal is to ensure students have a well-rounded high school experience that is rooted in Green Dot Public School’s mission of College, Leadership, and Life.

In my four years at Hillcrest, I have been a part of a transformation that has seen Hillcrest move from being a Level 1 school annually to now being rated a Level 3 by the Tennessee Department of Education. Here at Hillcrest High School it is our belief that all students regardless of race, religious affiliation, or socio-economic status should have access to high quality education. We also believe in empowering our children in such a manner than they act as representatives of a meaningful and value based society. Our curriculum which focuses on educating the whole child complements this. We have a team of fabulous faculty members who display immeasurable energy and an intense commitment to see every child succeed every day!

It is an honor and a pleasure to not only serve as the Principal of Hillcrest High School, but to return the neighborhood that raised me and made me the man I am today. The challenges we face ahead may be great, but with your continued support there is nothing we can’t accomplish. There is no option but to achieve excellence! Please do not hesitate to reach out to myself or any of our faculty if you have any questions or concerns.


Teddrick T. Estes

Principal, Hillcrest High School

Latest updates from Hillcrest

  • La Prensa Latina: How Green Dot Is Helping Transform Public Education In Tennessee
    Cecilia Walker, Director of Development at Green Dot Public Schools Tennessee speaks with La Prensa Latina Media about closing the digital divide and supporting Memphis students pave a path to success. Yamile: What are your goals at Green Dot? Cecilia: As we have seen, COVID-19 will continue to impact in-person schooling and programs. While we are read more
    Published on 06/22/2020
  • The 74 — Soleo: In Education, the Oldest Form of Discrimination Is the Status Quo. That’s Why Memphis’s Priority Schools Shouldn’t Return to Their Districts
      By Chad SoleoCEO, Green Dot Public Schools National Let there be no confusion: For more than half a century, public education in Memphis has been delivered in a systemically inequitable fashion, and historically low-income and vulnerable neighborhoods have read more
    Published on 02/06/2020
  • “Hillcrest Senior ‘Gives Her Best Shot,’ and Lands a Basketball Scholarship “
    Chancey Jackson, a senior at Hillcrest High School, is heading to college next year on a basketball scholarship. While she’s still choosing between offers, including West Kentucky University, she’s proud of the strong season she and her teammates had. The Lady Vikings were 14-0 this season, and were the top ranking team in the district. While the team didn’t make it to the read more
    Published on 06/12/2019
  • Hillcrest Sweeps at Annual ACT-SO Competition, Will Send Two Students to Detroit for Nationals
    This summer, two students from Hillcrest High School will be heading to the Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO) National Competition in Detroit. The competition was first organized over 30 years ago by NAACP branches across the U.S. to encourage African American high school students to aspire for excellence in 26 academic areas of competition. Each year high school students from public, private, read more
    Published on 05/22/2019
  • Local Police Officer Coaches Winning Hillcrest Knowledge Bowl Team
    This February, a team of students from Hillcrest High School won first place at the annual Memphis Police Department (MPD) Crime Prevention Unit’s City Wide Black History Month Knowledge Bowl. The MPD hosted 14 school teams and their families at First Baptist Broad Church, leaning on the help of precinct officers and Neighborhood Watch Coordinators to coach teams and judge the competition. The day brought challenging questions about famous African-American writers, activists, musicians, athletes, and performers. Photo courtesy of read more
    Published on 05/07/2019

2018 Graduation Photos

Hillcrest High School Graduation 2018

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4184 Graceland Drive
Memphis, TN 38116

Phone: (901)730-4098

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