Awards & Honors Timeline
- GHS Fine Arts student Maclean Mayers wins Outstanding Male Lead in the Orpheum High School Musical Theatre Awards. Mayers won for his role as Edna Turnblad in the Playhouse's production of Hairspray. He traveled to New York City where he performed on Broadway's Minskoff Theatre, trained with professionals and competed in the national high school musical awards.
- The Playhouse's winter musical Hairspray takes top honors in four categories at the Orpheum High School Musical Theatre Awards: Outstanding Lead Actor (Maclean Mayers), Outstanding Technical Achievement (Brandon Lau), Outstanding Hair and Make-up and Outstanding Orchestra.
- GHS Fine Arts student Paul Hoover wins the Commercial Appeal Academic All-Stars Award in the Speech and Drama Category, becoming the second GHS student to do so.
- GHS Fine Arts student A.J. Heinz wins the Commercial Appeal Academic All-Stars Award in the Speech and Drama category.
- Germantown High School's production of Parade wins the award for Best Musical at the 1st Annual Orpheum High School Musical Theatre Awards.
- PPP alumnus Scott Genkinger wins an Emmy for his work as casting director for the ABC television series Desperate Housewives.
- The David Lilly Memorial Service Award is established. Justin Card is the first winner. Total scholarship contributions now exceed $30,000.
- USA Today recognizes Frank Bluestein as one of the top 40 teachers in the United States.
- Amy Underwood receives the first Ulhorn Family Memorial Scholarship. The overall scholarship fund has now grown to well over $16,000.00.
- Disney and McDonald's name Frank Bluestein Outstanding Performing Arts Teacher in the USA.
- Frank Bluestein is named Tennessee Teacher of the Year.
- And They Dance Real Slow in Jackson wins the Best One-Act Play in the State of Tennessee. Four cast members are chosen for the All-Star Cast including Best Actor and Best Actress.
- Kerri Giffin and Liz Kirkscey win the first Germantown Civic Club Fine Arts Scholarships.
- The Foreigner wins the Best One-Act Play in the State of Tennessee. Three cast members are chosen for the All-Star Cast including Best Actor.
- Lance Zitron is one of 25 students in the nation awarded an Arts Recognition and Talent Search scholarship.
- GHS is awarded the Governor's Award for Excellence in Education. Lamar Alexander presents $10,000 to Germantown High School because of its strong fine arts program.
- Greater Tuna wins the Best One-Act Play in the State of Tennessee. Both cast members are chosen for the All-Star Cast including Best Actor.
- GHS is named a winner of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund Arts in Education Award ($10,000 prize). GHS was one of eight high schools in the United States to win this honor.
- Kelly Shoemaker receives the first Poplar Pike Arts Guild Vocal Music Scholarship.
- The Diviners wins the Best One-Act Play in the State of Tennessee. Two cast members are chosen for the All-Star Cast including Best Actor.
- Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is presented at the International Thespian Festival in the final Saturday night slot. Once again, the play is recognized as the best of the week's offerings.
- Highwire Magazine recognizes Germantown High School as one of the top 100 schools in the nation based on its fine arts program.
- Laura Walker and Heidi Haymans perform Robert Patrick's play My Cup Ranneth Over at the International Thespian Festival.
- Wes Walker receives the first Germantown Festival Association Fine Arts Scholarship.
1980 - 1989
- Germantown High School wins First Place in the State of Tennessee District Forensic Competition for nine years running.
- The Miracle Worker wins the Best One-Act Play in the State of Tennessee. Five cast members are chosen for the All-Star Cast including Best Actor and Best Actress.
- Russ Jolly is awarded the first J.H. Florow Dramatic Arts Scholarship.
- Music! Broadway! America! is performed at the International Thespian Festival in Muncie, Indiana. The show receives 16 curtain calls and is clearly the top-rated attraction of the week. Way Way Down East is performed to much laughter in the play marathon.
- Gary Peterson wins the first Fine Arts Student of the Year Award.
- The first "Ephie" Awards are presented at a school assembly for Best Actor, Best Actress, Supporting Actor and Supporting Actress.
- Brad Sharp wins the first Rotary Club Carolyn C. Taylor Scholarship in the amount of $250. Later that year Bobby Lanier forms the GHS Scholarship Committee to oversee all fine arts scholarship donations. George Walters serves on the committee.
- Kelvin Butler receives the first Lamplighter Pearl Scruggs Visual Arts Scholarship.