Paducah Tilghman HS

Excellence, Tradition & Pride Since 1864
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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

Speech All State

Paducah Tilghman High School Trio Named to National Speech and Debate KY All State Team

Three members of the Paducah Tilghman Speech and Debate Team have been named to the 2018-19 pre-season NSDA Kentucky All-State Speech Team by the National Speech and Debate Association, the oldest and largest speech and debate honor society in the country. The All-State Team includes the top 150 National Speech and Debate team members in the state as determined by competition and service points earned throughout high school.

Opening the season as National Speech and Debate Association Kentucky All-State Team members are seniors Grace Raber and Addie Rogers and junior Kate Criner.

The team will commence its competition season in October. The team is coached by Rachael Castillo.

Photo: Rogers, Raber, Criner
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Coach Tico

Guell Named PTHS Girls Soccer Head Coach

Armando "Coach Tico" Guell has been named head coach for Paducah Tilghman girls soccer.   

Guell is currently technical director of the Pumas Football Club in Paducah. He was on the coaching staff of the Olympic Development Program from 2016-18 and was head coach for Graves County Middle School soccer from 2016-18.

"Coach Guell brings a wealth of experience, both as a player and coach, to our girls soccer program,” said PTHS Athletic Director Kris Durfee. “Our girls soccer players are really excited about the season and look forward to what he brings to the table."
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Chelsey Shumpert

Shumpert, former Tilghman star, set for WBBL

 Staff Report
The Paducah Sun
July 30, 2018
Used with permission. 
Former Paducah Tilghman, UT Chattanooga and Union University star Chelsea Shumpert is headed over the pond this fall, as she's agreed to join Britain's Nottingham Wildcats in the Women's British Basketball League (WBBL) for the upcoming 2018-19 season.
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Tilghman taps Smith as interim coach

by Al Willman
The Paducah Sun 
July 31, 2018
Used with permission
Longtime Paducah Tilghman assistant Jonathan Smith was named Monday as the interim football coach for the Blue Tornado.

He takes over for Steve Duncan, who stepped down Friday after suffering a mild stroke.

“You see a lot of good guys in the coaching profession and a lot of good guys who know Xs and Os — (Duncan) was rare in that he knew both,” Smith said. “I’ve certainly learned a lot from him, not only about football, but of people and their situations in general."

In addition to this, his first top coaching job, Smith also serves as Tilghman’s assistant principal for curriculum and instruction. He's been with the program on and off since 2004, and was an assistant coach under Perry Thomas, Randy Wyatt, Mike Rogers and most recently Duncan.

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Innovation Hub will boost local vocational education

by David B. Snow
The Paducah Sun
July 17, 2018
Used with permission.
Back in the day, there were vocational schools that taught trades to students so they could be mechanics, carpenters, electricians, welders or other jobs they could gain right out of high school.

They learned through hands-on instruction at the school and gained experience by working at off-campus jobs.

Today, those schools are called area technical centers, and the level of instruction is much higher than it was a couple of decades ago. Students gain certification in their chosen fields, seek to join unions and compete on state and national levels through SkillsUSA to demonstrate their expertise.

The Paducah Independent School District is taking career preparation a huge step further with the construction of its Innovation Hub, which will replace the Paducah Area Technical Center.

The Innovation Hub is a $24.3 million project made possible through a $4.5 million state grant, $3.5 million in available PISD funds and $16.33 million in 20-year bonds sold by the Paducah Independent School District. 
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Innovation Hub will benefit area workforce

by David B. Snow
July 18, 2018
Used with permission.
The planned Innovation Hub at Paducah Tilghman High School will do more than meet the career needs of its students.
It will also help meet the needs of the workforce, especially in and around McCracken County.
The employee skill needs for businesses have been widely cited, especially in carpentry, welding, electrical and automotive areas. There are also needs in computer skills in some of those areas.
Monica Bilak is the workforce relations director for the Paducah Independent School District who has brought employers' needs to the Innovation Hub's design. She has also helped develop Sprocket, the maker space area at the Coke plant that allows people to take ideas and designs and turn them into reality through computer-aided design machines, 3-D printers and other technology. 
The Innovation Hub at PTHS will feature its own maker space, a large work area where students can apply what they learn to actually build and create using state-of-the-art tools including computer-aided design (CAD). 
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RIGHT IDEA Innovation hub at Tilghman is a well-timed investment

by Jim Paxton
The Paducah Sun 
June 22, 2018
Used with permission.
People who invest in mutual funds routinely encounter disclaimers that go something like this: Past performance is not a guarantee of future results.
The same can be said for a college education these days. Historically people with college degrees have earned more over a lifetime. A 2016 Georgetown University study found college graduates earn on average $1 million more over the course of their working careers than people with high school educations. A Pew Research Center study that same year found a median income gap of $17,500 a year between 
college and high school graduates.
But this picture may be changing as we speak due to demographics, technology and the spiraling cost of four-year college degrees. 
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PTHS Cheer Squad

Tilghman Cheerleading Squad Earns Superiors at UCA Cheer Camp

The PTHS Varsity Cheerleading Squad recently attended UCA Cheer Camp at Western Kentucky University. The varsity squad received Superior ratings on their game day cheer and rally routine. On the final day of competition the varsity squad placed third in the rally routine and third in the sideline competition, and Nautica Beasley and Katie Peck were named All-Americans. More +

Fall Sports Schedules

Please click "More" to view and download schedules for JV/Freshman Football, Golf, Boys Soccer, Girls Soccer, and Volleyball. More +

PTHS Golf Qualifying

Golf Qualifying will be the week of July 23 - 27.  Any golfers (Boys & Girls) are welcome, 7th through 12th. Need some experience , and clubs are required.  

Contact information: or 270-906-6565

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Football Scrimmage Friday, August 6

There will be a home football scrimmage versus Ballard Memorial Monday, August 6th at 6:00PM.   More +

PTHS Registration Dates

Here are the registration dates for the 2018-19 school year for Paducah Tilghman High School. Registration will be held in Dinning gym.
Freshman and Seniors: Wednesday, July 25, 9:00 a.m. - Noon
Sophomores and Juniors: Thursday, July 26, 9:00 a.m. - Noon 
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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 +

PTHS Football Schedule 2018

Click "More" to view or download the 2018 PTHS Football Schedule. More +

PTHS Cross Country Schedule 2018

Click "More" to view or download the 2018 PTHS cross country schedule. More +
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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Upcoming Events


PTHS Golf vs. Mayfield

Thu Aug 16 2018

PTHS Volleyball vs CFS

Thu Aug 16 2018
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