South High Managing Director discusses community benefits of building restoration

South High last served as a classroom for students almost 30 years ago. Now, as South High Senior Living, it will serve as a home for seniors in South Knoxville’s Old Sevier neighborhood. “It’s known by everyone in South Knoxville,” Dover said. Everybody loves it, and I don’t think anybody wanted to see it torn down. I’m delighted that we … Read More

Old South High School transformed into living facility for the elderly

A piece of city history that has stood empty for years is reopening as a space that the community can use once again. The former South High School building has been transformed into an elderly living facility. Its doors were opened Thursday. The building had been sitting empty since 1991. The historic landmark was built in the 1930s and once … Read More

Vacant ‘South High School’ building turned into senior living facility

The vacant South High School’s building located at 835 Tipton Ave has been turned into a senior living facility. The new South High Living Facility houses more than 60 seniors. The seniors got to celebrate the opening of the facility with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday, July 15. The project was overseen by Rick Dover of Dover Signature Properties. … Read More

Inside of Knoxville covers South High Senior Living’s opening

South High Senior Living, the latest project from developer/owner Rick Dover opens today to new residents.  The project took several years and more than $12 million to bring the building back to life. South High School closed its doors in 1991 after serving students since 1937 (first as a junior high), and the building remained empty until the current renovation. … Read More

South High’s executive director featured by Everything Knoxville

South High Senior Living Executive Director Helen Porter wrote about the benefits of volunteering for Studies have found some amazing benefits of purely sharing your time! It gives a whole new meaning to the idea that you have to give to get. In one study, individuals over 50 who were volunteering had 38% fewer nights spent in the hospital. … Read More features South High Senior Living

Shopper News’ Ali James wrote a story on South High Senior Living in April for The transformation of South High from an abandoned school into a luxe senior living facility has been three years in the making. “It has been an extensive process. This building was abandoned for quite some time,” Haley said. “A local group of people really … Read More

WVLT interviews ISL executive about COVID-19 protocols

“We’ve had to become very creative in keeping our residents engaged. It’s amazing how technology has really helped us. Zoom calls or FaceTime have become big — they’re talking to families that way,” Jeffery Smith, the Senior VP of Sales and Marketing for Integral Senior Living said. The company owns about 80 facilities across 22 different states, including four in … Read More

Old South High transformation into senior living community on track

Old South High School’s transformation to South High Senior Living is progressing with an expected opening in April 2020. The conversion of the old school, which was built in 1937 and closed following the graduation of the class of 1976, is quickly transforming into the vision of Dover Signature Properties. Read more about Old South High’s transformation into South High … Read More