The Girls Preparatory School athletic program has been recognized by BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee and the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association (TSSAA) for having the highest performing athletic program in 2011-12 among Division II-AA schools.

The BlueCross Championship Series award is based on points earned in quarterfinal, semifinal, final round and championship TSSAA appearances divided by the number of sports offered at the school. In addition to a banner, GPS received a $2,500 cash donation to the school.

“The BlueCross Championship Series recognizes athletic excellence and sportsmanship, two of the key tenets the TSSAA strives to promote amongst its member schools,” said Bernard Childress, Executive Director of the TSSAA.


At the TSSAA regional meeting, when the awards were presented, GPS basketball and softball coach Susan Crownover was named the Female Coach of the Year and presented the A.F. Bridges award for representing “what’s best in high school athletics.”

Both the bowling and basketball teams won state championships last year, while the GPS track and field program finished second in state competition along with the softball and tennis teams.

“I’m extremely pleased that GPS was recognized by the TSSAA for having the most successful athletic program in Division II-AA,” GPS athletic director Stacey Hill said. “It is an honor for our coaches and student-athletes to receive this recognition while competing in a division with so many outstanding schools throughout the entire state.

Although not counted toward the program’s award total, a number of girls won individual state honors and championships.