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You Will Be

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A Tradition of Faith, Knowledge, Service. Founded in 1925, Father Ryan High School is a co-educational, college preparatory, Catholic high school in Nashville, Tennessee.


Tradition – Since 1925, Father Ryan has been rooted in strong traditions of Catholic faith, academic excellence, and hearts of service to challenge students to reach their spiritual, academic, and personal potential. For a century, Father Ryan has upheld these traditions, while evolving to meet the needs of our community. 


Faith – Faith life at Father Ryan is rooted in the tradition of Catholic values. By allowing our students to develop and express their faith through worship, prayer, and service, Father Ryan enables each student to be an experience of the living Gospel. 


Knowledge – We believe in the importance of offering a rigorous curriculum for students of all learning levels in a supportive environment for the development of hearts and minds. Our innovative approach to education and personalized schedules allow students to reach their full academic potential in a college preparatory environment.


Service – At Father Ryan, one of the most distinctive and influential ways to connect with God is to serve others. Our students have the opportunity to improve the lives of their Nashville neighbors and effect positive change in their community through our service learning curriculum.

Father Ryan At A Glance

With a high-quality, rigorous, academic program centered in the Catholic faith paired with unmatched extracurricular opportunities, the Father Ryan experience helps students reach their full potential.


Course Offerings Across Four Learning Levels


Courses at Honors or Above, Including 28 AP


Average Class Size


Student-Teacher Ratio


Students from 142 Schools and 55 ZIP Codes


Houses. All Irish.


Athletic Teams with 68 Team State Championships


Performing and Visual Arts Courses


Clubs and Organizations


Local Service Partner Organizations


Raised for Relay For Life

Create Your Father Ryan Experience

By exploring diverse extracurricular opportunities, students learn to serve others and make a difference in the world by investing in their talents and passions.


Learn how our student-athletes gain valuable experiences and learn lifelong skills, including discipline, selflessness, and teamwork, during their time at Father Ryan.


Explore our comprehensive Visual & Performing Arts curriculum that encourages individual growth through creative, personal, and spiritual development in all disciplines.

Faith & Service

Discover how students are inspired and challenged to be an experience of the living Gospel by putting their faith in action and participating in service learning.

House System

Learn how the Father Ryan House System develops student leaders and creates strong communities through peer-to-peer mentoring.

Reach Your Potential

Throughout their high school journey and beyond, Father Ryan students are known, loved, challenged, and supported in all of their endeavors as they reach their spiritual, academic, and personal potential.

Invest in Your Future

Choosing to invest in a Father Ryan education opens opportunities for every student to succeed after graduation.


Admittance to Colleges and Universities


Scholarships Offered to Class of 2024


Unique College and University Acceptances


Alumni Network


Chloe Edwards '24

"I knew Father Ryan was the school for me by watching students, teachers, and staff members interact with each other. Father Ryan provided me with the best environment to grow as a student, an athlete, and a person.”


Riley McLain '26

“I knew Father Ryan was the school for me when I attended my first All-School Mass. Seeing the communion of students and teachers all participating in the celebration of Jesus Christ really exemplified the whole school’s dedication to God and each other.”


Graze Sizemore '24

“The community at Father Ryan provided me with the support I needed to grow in both an academic and personal manner. I take pride in being a member of the Father Ryan community, which I will take with me as I enter the next chapter of my life.”

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