Memphis Tiger Welcomes Back Students to Peabody Elementary


It’s got huge fangs and weighs more than 1,000 pounds – say hello to Peabody Elementary’s newest addition!  


MCS crew (right), UofM alumni representative, and Central BBQ’s Craig Blondis (left)

Peabody adopter, Central BBQ, donated the tiger sculpture to the school.  

“We love the University of Memphis and Peabody Elementary, so bringing a tiger here seemed like a natural fit.” said Central BBQ co-owner and Peabody dad, Craig Blondis. “We’re all about community pride and what could make the kids prouder than having this big guy greet them at school every morning?”


“Academic Tiger” is the name of this sculpture.  It’s one of 100 tigers created for the University of Memphis’ centennial celebration. Each was designed by a local artist. This is the only tiger by a Memphis City School high school student.  

Peabody Elementary is only the second site in Cooper-Young to get a tiger. The first one?  It’s at Central BBQ on Central, of course.  

So take your back-to-school picture by the Academic Tiger!  Word of warning – you can touch the big guy, but Principal Jones says don’t climb on him.  She means it, kiddos. 


Buy a Peabody Elementary Fleece Online!


It’s that time of year, again!  Time to load up on back to school gear.  

One of the most popular items among Peabody students, parents, and faculty was the Peabody fleece! This great hoodie is royal blue with an embroidered logo.  

We’re out of stock, but if you order now, we can put the order through to our supplier.  Sizes run small. On the youth side, size small would fit the average kindergarter/first grader. 

You can order and pay for your Peabody fleece online!  

Just select the size here. 

Youth Fleece
Small$25.00 USD Medium$25.00 USD Large$25.00 USD X-Large$25.00 USD

Adult Fleece
Small$30.00 USD Medium$30.00 USD Large$30.00 USD X-Large$30.00 USD 2X-Large$30.00 USD 3X-Large$30.00 USD

We’re also selling these high-quality embroidered polos.


These polos are in-stock and will be available for sale during registration.  Youth shirts sell for $15 and adult polos are $20. We accept Visa/Mastercard on-site and checks.  Show your Peabody Pride!

Peabody PTA Membership = Good Things and Chance to Win Goodies


Your membership with the Peabody PTA helps our parent organization support the fine faculty, staff, and students of Peabody Elementary.  It also earns you that coveted spot on our email list – so you can find out about all the great things happening at our school.  

This year – it also comes with a chance for a prize!

It’s a Back-to-School Supply basket valued at $40.  

If your child is attending Peabody this year – she must be registered.  While you’re at registration, sign up for PTA and win a shot at some valuable back-to-school supplies!  

Learn more about Registration here. 


Peabody Elementary Cited as One of the Healthiest Schools in the Nation


Four Memphis Schools Receive 2012 Bronze National Recognition Award

These schools will be recognized as a part of the 2012 Healthy Schools Forum

Brookmeade, Bruce, Oakhaven and Peabody Elementary Schools have been recognized as 2012 Bronze Award Schools by the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. Each of these schools is honored for the changes implemented to create a healthier school environment for students.

These four schools will be recognized, along with the healthiest schools in the nation, at the 2012 Healthy Schools Program Forum this fall.

This marks the first time any Memphis City School has received this national award.

The Alliance for a Healthier Generation was founded in 2005 by the American Heart Association and the William J. Clinton Foundation. This organization works to address one of the United States’ leading public health threats – childhood obesity. Its primary goal is to reduce the high rates of childhood obesity in the nation by 2015 through promoting healthy lifestyles amongst America’s youth.

For more information, contract Cassandra Turner, District Health, Physical Education and Lifetime Wellness Specialist, at             (901) 416-3662