@nowfedup: You should probably do more research about the school before you start criticizing it. SMMHS is funded almost entirely by the tax payers of Signal Mountain and the hard work of Mountain Education Fund. In fact, they have amazing facilities furnished with top notch technology. At Signal, I believe that their tremendous academic record shows that sports are not the most important thing at the school. They are one of the best public high schools in Hamilton County, and I would dare say competitive with some of the private schools. They just received International Baccalaureate status. Also, over 90% of last year’s graduating class went on to college or into the military. And as far as "college ball" goes, not every student can receive an academic scholarship and not every student can afford to pay tuition out of pocket. Therefore, if a student has the chance to get a sports scholarship, they should take it because the point is that they will be going to college to better their future chances of success. The hardship is that he was zoned for Brainerd which is a failing school that would not have provided him the academic opportunities that SMMHS can.--By the way, if you believe that the education TN students are receiving is not up to par, then do something about it. No one says that parents/ guardians cannot expand upon the learning in the classroom to help their children get ahead.
The HCDE approves hardships. It's neither the coach's nor the administrations' responsiblity to verify the zoning of every student that is granted a hardship when HCDE is the one placing them at that school. Obviously, this is HCDE fault, and yet, they are still the ones who reported Signal Mtn for their own actions.