Paducah Tilghman HS

Excellence, Tradition & Pride Since 1864
Congratulations, PTHS Class of 2018!Thanks for helping us build a better Paducah!
PTHS Valedictorian and Salutatorian
Congratulations, Paducah Middle Eighth Graders!Best Wishes at Paducah Tilghman!
Paducah Middle 8th grade promotion
Congratulations, Morgan Fifth Graders!Best Wishes at Paducah Middle!
Morgan fifth grade promotion
Congratulations, McNabb Fifth Graders!Best Wishes at Paducah Middle!
McNabb fifth grade promotion
Congratulations, Clark Fifth Graders!Best Wishes at Paducah Middle!
Clark 5th Promotion
2018 Best Communities for Music Education
Clark Elementary Willy Wonka
PTHS Baseball
Senior Signing Day 2018
Clark Beta Empty Bowls Project

Paducah Tilghman HS

A Tradition of Excellence

"I am very excited to welcome you to a very select group - the student body of Paducah Tilghman High School. We have reason to be proud of our school because of its outstanding reputation in our state and nation. Tilghman students for many years have compiled noteworthy achievements in both their scholastic and extra curricular endeavors. We know that you can appreciate this tradition, and that we can expect you and your fellow students to add to the luster of our school's past accomplishments. We want your days at Tilghman to be enjoyable, profitable, fulfilling and hope that you take advantage of the many opportunities which will be made available to you."


Arthur Davis, Principal

Paducah Tilghman News

2018-19 Registration Forms

Welcome to Paducah Public Schools! If you would like to download registration forms to complete before you go to registration, click on " read more". If you have questions please call us at 270-444-5600. More +
Youth Summit Flyer 2018

Youth Summit "Life Skills 101" July 30

PTHS Tornado Alley YSC will host a Youth Summit at Murray State University Paducah Campus Monday, July 30, from 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
The theme of the Youth Summit is "Life Skills 101". National spoken word artist Tyree Thomas will present. The event is free and open to the public. A continental breakfast and lunch will be served. Click "Read More" to see the flyer. For more information, contact Lakilia Bedeau at or (270) 709-4544.
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Senior Portrait Appointments Available July 25-27

Senior portraits for the Class of 2019 will be taken by Prestige Portraits in the Tilghman gymnasium lobby on Wednesday, July 25, Thursday, July 26, and Friday, July 27 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
All sessions must be scheduled in advance. Prestige will send an e-mail or postcard with each student's registration code that must be used to schedule the session. Registration for photos will begin after 6/14. 
If you have not received your postcard or e-mail with your student's code, contact Prestige by visiting their website at or calling the Evansville office at 812-473-4749. 
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Summer Nutrition Flyer

Paducah Public Schools to Participate in Summer Food Service Program

Paducah Public Schools is participating in the Summer Food Service  Program. Meals will be provided to all children without charge and are  the same for all children regardless of race, color, national origin,  sex, age or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the  course of the meal service. Meals will be provided, at a first come,  first serve basis, at open sites and enrolled sites and camps. To see a  list of open sites, enrolled sites, and camps that will receive meals,  click "Read More". 
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Randy Wyatt track

Recalling Randy Wyatt’s sprint to glory for Paducah Tilghman

by Mike Fields
Fields Column,
Lyman Brown still laughs when he recalls his first encounter with Randy Wyatt.

It was the spring of 1986 and Brown, who had coached Paducah Tilghman to seven consecutive state track and field championships (on his way to 11 in a row), was getting ready for another season.

“Bill Bond was the head track coach at Paducah Middle School and he said, ‘I’ve got this kid I think you can use,’” Brown recounted. “I said, ‘You mean an eighth-grader? Send him over and I’ll see if he can make our freshman relays.’”

A week or so later, when Brown was getting ready to hold time trials before the first meet of the season, he told Bond to send the eighth-grader over so he could take a look at him.

“Little did I know the kid was going to have to run from the middle school to the high school – about 2 miles,” Brown said. “So we were out there waiting around for him, and I was starting to think Bill was pulling a prank on me." 
“Then this frail-looking, skinny kid came running around the corner. He said he was looking for Coach Brown. I said, ‘You’ve got him.’ And he said, ‘My name’s Randy Wyatt.’” 
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Valesha Watson 2A track

Girls Finish 3rd, Boys 8th in Class 2A State Track

Valesha Watson paced the PTHS girls track team with state titles in the 100 meter dash and 200 meter dash as the girls team won third overall at the KHSAA Class 2A State Track & Field Championships held at Lexington on May 26. The boys team finished eight over all.
Top ten finishes for the girls team included:
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Tilghman Bell Banner

May 2018 Tilghman Bell Online

Interested in where the PTHS class of 2018 is headed? You can find out in the May issue of the Tilghman Bell. More +

An Important Immunization Update

1. Consult with your child’s healthcare provider to ensure that these vaccines have been given to your child, or make an appointment with your healthcare provider, Purchase District Health Department or your local Baptist Health School Clinic to begin the vaccination series.

2. Obtain an updated Kentucky Immunization Certificate from your provider.

3. Turn in a copy of a current Immunization Certificate to your child’s school.

Also new for the 2018-19 school year, parents/guardians of all students age 16 years or older are required to show proof of having received two doses of meningococcal ACWY vaccine. To ensure compliance, we are asking families to do the following:  

1. Consult with your child’s healthcare provider to ensure that these vaccines have been given to your child, or make an appointment with your healthcare provider, Purchase District Health Department or your local Baptist Health School Clinic for your child to receive the vaccine(s). If your child has not previously received a dose of the vaccine and is age 16 or older, only one dose is required.

2. Obtain an updated Kentucky Immunization Certificate from your provider.

3. Turn in a copy of a current Immunization Certificate to your child’s school.

Please call Renee Barnhill, District Health Coordinator, with any questions 270-444-5780 ext. 8516.
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Darius Garnett

Paducah native serving in Navy half a world away

by Robert Zahn
Navy Office of Community Outreach
Paducah Sun, May 13, 2018
Used with permission.
SASEBO, Japan -- A Paducah, Kentucky, native and 2013 Paducah Tilghman graduate is serving in Japan in the U.S. Navy aboard USS Germantown.

Petty Officer 3rd Class Darius Garnett is a ship's serviceman aboard the ship operating out of Sasebo.

A Navy ship's serviceman is responsible for managing and operating all shipboard retail and service activities such as the ship's store, vending machines, barber shops, laundry, and tailor shops.
Garnett is proud to serve in the Pacific and fondly recalls memories of Paducah.

"Something that my football and track coach, Coach Wyatt, told me, 'we are creatures of habit so make that the habit, to choose to create a creature that you want to be,'" said Garnett. "This helps me today with everything I do, like cutting hair, working out, whatever it is I'm doing. Make it a good habit." 
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Updated Calendar for 2018-19 School Year

The calendar has been updated for the 2018-19 school year. Please click "Read More" to see a copy of the updated calendar. Two changes have been made: a mandated PD day has been added on October 5, 2018, and a mandated PD day has been added March 8, 2019. Students will not attend on these days. More +
Kentucky AG Andy Beshear

Commonwealth Attorney General Beshear to Visit Tilghman May 15

Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear will speak at a forum hosted by Paducah Public Schools on Tuesday, May 15. Beshear will discuss the state's lawsuit against the pension reform bill that was recently passed by the state legislature and signed into law by Governor Bevin.
Attorney General Beshear will be talking about the bill and the legal challenge. The discussion will be held at Dinning Gymnasium on the campus of PTHS beginning at 4:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
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PTHS NJROTC Unit September 2017

PTHS NROTC Receives Unit Achievement Award for 2017-18

Paducah Tilghman High School’s Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (PTHS NJROTC) unit has again been awarded the NJROTC program Unit Achievement Award for the 2017-2018 school year.

Earning the Unit Achievement Award is the program’s eleventh consecutive national award and the twelfth in its 14 years of eligibility for the Distinguished Unit or the Unit Achievement Awards. The Paducah Tilghman NJROTC unit was eligible to start competing for the honor in 2004, after being established in 2001.

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PTHS NJROTC Takes Naval Orientation Trip

Sixteen cadets from the Paducah Tilghman High School Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (NJROTC) unit traveled to the Philadelphia, PA area recently for their annual naval orientation trip.  Each year the unit conducts a trip to experience firsthand the military and visit historical sites in various locations around the country.
While the trip was designed to familiarize the students with US Navy operations, the cadets also visited other sites of interest in the Philadelphia area.

Traveling by charter bus, the cadets arrived at the Joint Base McGuire/Dix/Lakehurst in New Jersey on April 18.  
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Matt Jones Tennis

Boys Tennis Captures Region Title

Tilghman Boys tennis advanced to the region finals in singles and doubles on May 7. In doing so they earned the team's first regional title since 2002. The doubles team of Parker Rowton and Davis Rowton defeated Calloway County to advance to the regional final against Graves County's Isaac Carrico and Brady Ellegood. In singles, senior Matt Jones defeated McCracken County's Ethan Walker to advance to the regional final versus Hayden Jaco of Marshall County. 
The Tilghman Girls team finished as region runner-up. On the girls side, in the singles semifinals, Natalie Lansden was defeated by Sophia Shiben, and Hannah Fischer was defeated by Lilli Smith. In doubles, McCracken County's team defeated Lara Shannon and Anna West.
The boys regional finals will be played May 9 at the the Larry J. Heflin Tennis Center.
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Emery Wainscott and Emma Johnson

Johnson and Wainscott Named May Rotary Scholars of the Month

Paducah Tilghman seniors Emma Johnson and Emery Wainscott have been named PTHS Rotary Scholars of the month for May 2018. The Rotary Club selects scholars from area seniors who demonstrate strong leadership, academic excellence, and service to community.
Emma is is a member of Concordia, Another Shade of Blue, Chamber Choir, National Honor Society, and Beta Club. She is on the staff of the Tilghman Bell. Emma is a member of the Governor's School for the Arts Class of '16.  She is a student intern on the Market House Theatre board of directors. After graduation, Emma plans to attend the University of Mississippi and pursue a BFA in Musical Theatre. Her parents are Elizabeth and Wayne Johnson.
Emery is a member of the PTHS Band Wind Ensemble, Choir, and Concordia. She is a member of the Academic team and National Honor Society. She is an alumnae of the Governor's School for the Arts class of '17.  She serves on the Maiden Alley Cinema Teen Scene. After graduation, Emery plans to attend the University of Kentucky and pursue a degree in Environmental and Sustainability studies. Her parents are Britton and Jodi Wainscott.
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Lance Butler DAR Essay Contest

Butler Wins DAR Essay Contest

PTHS junior Lance Butler earned the district championship award in the DAR Christopher Columbus essay contest. Mrs. Cindy Byrd with the DAR presented the certificate and scholarship prize. More +
Anna Grace McGee

McGee Receives Second in Fleet Reserve Essay Contest

Tilghman senior Anna Grace McGee earned a 2nd place award in the 12th grade division of the Fleet Reserve 2017-18 Americanism Essay Contest.  Anna Grace wrote an essay on the theme "What Patriotism Means to Me". Congratulations, Anna Grace! More +

ACT Prep Workshop Offered in June

Kelly Walden will host two ACT Prep Workshops in June 2018.
There will be an ACT Prep Workshop May 29 - June 1 at Lowes Elementary , 6775 KY-440 in Lowes, Kentucky.  
There will also be an ACT Prep Workshop June 4-7 at Paducah Tilghman High School.
It is a 16 hour workshop and costs S300 for all sessions. Students can earn a $50 discount for referring a friend. Please click "Read More" to see the flyers.
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Whitlow Award winners

McElmurry and Rasche Receive Whitlow Award

Special Programs secretary Jean McElmurry and PTHS math teacher Harolyn Rasche were recipients of the Whitlow Award at the Paducah Public Schools staff appreciation dinner on May 1.
The Whitlow Award, named in honor of Mark and Henry Whitlow, honors outstanding dedication and service to Paducah Public Schools.
Jean McElmurry served in Paducah Public schools for 41 years. She worked at Morgan Elementary as a crossing guard, teacher's aide, and school secretary at Morgan Elementary. In 2002 she moved to the central office to become secretary for Special Programs. 
Harolyn Rasche taught with Paducah Public Schools for 27 years. She began her career teaching French at PTHS, then taught math for 14 years at the middle school before returning to PTHS in 2005 to teach math. 
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Retirees Honored at Staff Appreciation Dinner

Sixteen Retirees with Over 375 Years of Service were honored at the district staff appreciation dinner on May 1.  
"It is a special calling to work as a teacher or staff person in education," said Superintendent Donald Shively. "There is no greater love than to give your life in service to others. Thank you for not only impacting lives, but changing lives."
Retirees from Clark included Brenda Cantwell, Jennifer Hoffman, and Cindy Sharp. Retirees from McNabb included Margaret Kaltenbach and Brenda Riley. Retirees from Morgan included Vickie Conyer, Lynn Cook, and Debbie Peck. Retirees from Paducah Middle included Rosie Meredith. Retirees from Paducah Tilghman included Ruth Baggett, David Cissell, Susan Hancock, Michael Holland, Harolyn Rasche, and Ruthie Wiles.  Retirees from the Central Office included Jean McElmurry.
Photo caption: Row 1, l to r: Michael Holland, David Cissell, Harolyn Rasche, Debbie Peck, Vickie Conyer, jennifer Hoffman, Cindy Sharp
Row 2: Ruthie Wiles, Margaret Kaltenbach, Lynn Cook, Jean McElmurry, Susan Hancock
Not pictured: Ruth Baggett, Brenda Cantwell, Rosie Meredith, Brenda Riley 
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PTHS Senior Portraits

Wed Jul 25 2018
to Fri Jul 27 2018

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