Who We Are

Shelby DEBATE Society brings together an active community of students, teachers, administrators, and community leaders devoted to improving the education and life skills of youth in Shelby County.

Shelby County Schools
Shelby County Schools (SCS) has invested substantially in debate and is our partner and the institutional home for the Society.

Participating High Schools:

Central High School: Justin Cole and Tiffany Young, Coaches
Craigmont High School: Sandra Edscorn and Jeanetta Glass, Coaches
Douglass High School: Derry Phillips, Mike Thompson, and Robyn Swift, Coaches
East High School: Daniel Warner, Coach
Germantown High School: Michael Collins, Coach                                                                                                                  George Washington Carver High School: Chris Norman, Coach
Kingsbury High School: Roxanne Hajjafar, Coaches
MCS Southwest Prep: Adwowa James and Latonya Binion, Coaches
Memphis Health Careers Academy: Jessica Fulton and C.L. Baugh,Coaches
Memphis Business Academy: Darren Clark and Olivia Suber, Coaches
Middle College High School: Marian Crooks, Coach
Mitchell High School: Amy Brunner Hardy and Robert Schueller, Coaches                                                                                 Pyramid Center Academy: Matt Owens and Nicole Dressler, Coaches
Overton High School: Anne Duvall, Coach
Ridgeway High School:
The Soulsville Charter School: Janessa Jordan and Jon Alfuth, Coaches
Southwind High School:
Trezevant High School: Tonya Eubanks, Coach
Westwood High School: McKellar Gray, Coach
Whitehaven High School: Sarah Eklund, Coach
White Station High School: Curt Rakestraw, Coach

Participating Middle Schools:

Bellevue Middle School: Nona Allen and Lytisha Woodard, Coaches
Chickasaw Middle School: Marnecia Boyd, Coach                                                                                                                           Craigmont Middle School, Kamilah Whitley, Coach
Douglass School: Patricia Washington and Jo Ann Matthews, Coaches
Georgian Hills Middle School: Coach TBD
John P. freeman Middle School: Dr. Debora Gaten, Coach
Kate Bond Middle School: Terri, Griffen, Coach
Ridgeway Middle School: Cleopatra Thomas, Coach

National Association for Urban Debate Leagues

NAUDL supports urban debate leagues around the country and hosts Urban Debate League Nationals every April. Their mission is to facilitate the participation in organized debate activities for as many urban debate students as possible. They are an important partner and support the MUDL by providing resources and best practices expertise.

Shelby DEBATE Society

Executive Director

Dwight A. Fryer: A native of Tennessee and a long time Memphis area resident, Mr. Fryer is a graduate of both The University of Memphis, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Accounting, and Christian Brothers University where he earned a master’s degree in Information Services.  He has over 25 years of work experience in accounting, program management, IT and marketing.

Shelby DEBATE Commission

The Shelby DEBATE Commission, a committed group of professionals from Memphis’s legal, corporate, and small buisness communities, supports the League’s efforts through planning and advocacy, coordinating staff, and private fundraising.

Board members include:

Calvin Strong ● Retired Director ● University of Memphis

Jimmy Dickey (Board Treasurer) ● Senior Member ● The Marston Group

Laura Gardiner ● Analyst ● Thomas & Betts

Roger Hagan ● Sales  ● Tom’s Barbeque

Bradley Harris (Board Secretary) • Governor • Toastmasters District 43 | Owner ● Goodbook Communications Group

Odell Horton, Jr. ● Attorney ● Wyatt Tarrant & Combs LLP

Michael Howell-Moroney ● Director of the Non-Profit Center ● The University of Memphis

Vincent Miraglia ● Attorney ● International Paper

Bruce McMullen ● Attorney ● Baker,Donelson,Bearman,Caldwell & Berkowitz

Quincy Snider (Board Vice-Chair) • Zone Operations Manager • Coca-Cola North America (Retired)