Historical Background

Morristown-Hamblen High School West opened as a new school of the Morristown City School System in September 1968, with an enrollment of 1,050 students. The building was constructed on a 33-acre site at a cost of approximately three million dollars. Morristown students who lived West of Cumberland Avenue were eligible to enroll in the school.
The school's name was suggested by the Hamblen County School Board and was approved by the Morristown City School Commission. Prior to the opening of the school, a committee composed of the superintendent, board members, and students selected "Trojans" as the nickname and crimson and white as the school colors.

In April 1970, a visiting committee sponsored by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools evaluated the school to determine eligibility for accreditation by that organization. The school was accepted as a member of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools in the fall of 1970 and has maintained its high standing in the Association to the present.

Morristown-Hamblen High School West became part of the Hamblen County School System in January 1986. The Hamblen County Board of Education initiated an extensive building program in 1989. Sixteen classrooms, including a special education wing, a science labratory, a new agriculture shop, an assistant principals office and a computer lab were added. The auditorium was also remodeled at this time. In 1990, a weight room with dressing facilities and a new surface for the outdoor track were constructed. In 1997, new heating and cooling systems were installed throughout the building. The faculty, parents and community continue to support the growth and improvement of the school programs as demonstrated by the contributions toward the creation of a state-of-the art exercise room with superior equipment and the construction of a new baseball and softball field and stadium. Other improvements have included library scanning and security systems, a new parking lot, a new greenhouse, and auditorium equipment. Replacement desks in classrooms have been provided, along with the updating or replacement of new computers in the library and computer labs.

Recent improvements include new tile in the library, classrooms and main office. Two roof units have been installed to vent fresh air into seventeen interior classrooms. A new agriculture classroom and horticulture potting room were constructed. A new curtain was purchased for the auditorium, and the fence was replaced along the front of the school. New cafeteria tables with school logo are the newest additions to the school.

Hamblen County continues to grow westward , and as a result, Morristown-Hamblen High School West's enrollment has increased in recent years. Future facility improvements and enlargements are being investigated, as is addition of personnel. Plans are being drawn for a major renovation and redesigned project for the school