Shelby Debate Society

Better students and community through debate! It aims to continue growing until every high school in the district participates.

The 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. Debate helps to close the achievement gap and to prepare low-income youth to achieve in school, succeed as adults, and ultimately strengthen their communities. Now students in Shelby County have acce

Operating as usual

Timeline photos 04/27/2015

Support Dinner for Debate month at Le' Chiq Catering and Dining at 5788 Stage Road, Suite 101 in Bartlett. 10% of all sales identified as Shelby Debate supporters will be donated to our league. Visit


***2014-15 Policy Debate Topic Announced***

After a nationwide vote, the NFHS (National Federation of State High School Associations) has announced the 2014-15 Policy Debate topic:

Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its non-military exploration and/or development of the Earth’s oceans.

We will begin discussions and production of the 2014-15 core files later this semester to use for instruction at our June 23 - 27 Summer Debate Institute.

Let me know if you have any questions and thanks for sharing this with our students and colleagues interested in Shelby DEBATE.

Have a great day and hope to see you at our next high school tournament on Saturday, January 25 at Craigmont High School.

Dwight Fryer

Timeline photos 11/23/2013

We'd like to thank Women's Foundation for a Greater Memphis for their generous donation to our Debate Society! Thank you for your continued support of our students and our program!

Anne-Marie Slaughter: Why Women Still Can't Have it All 11/11/2013

Young ladies; check out this video about the leadership gap between men and women! Courtesy of Chimene Okere!

Anne-Marie Slaughter: Why Women Still Can't Have it All Shehtaz Huq '14 interviews Anne-Marie Slaughter about the issues she raised in her widely read and discussed article in The Atlantic magazine, "Why Women Sti...


Parents, Teachers & Volunteers! Our Next Middle School tournament will be November 22nd at Ridgeway Middle! Our next High School Tournament will be November 23rd at Central High School! If you would like to volunteer; PLEASE email [email protected]! All volunteers are welcome!

Timeline photos 10/11/2013

For all students and parents interested: There will be a Community Scholarship and FAFSA Awareness campaign this Sunday! Our students have been invited to receive some valuable information!


Everyone please remember to connect your Kroger card for My Community Rewards! And encourage your family members to do the same! :)


First debate tournament of the season was a MAJOR success! Thanks to everyone who came out and debated, judged, coached, and volunteered! We very much appreciate all of the love and support you guys have shown our students!


Our first tournament of the season will be tomorrow at East High School! Please come out and support our debaters!


Our first debate tournament of the season is THIS weekend at East High School!!!


Debaters lets debate:
" Lifting sanctions would be a victory not for Fidel Castro, but for the power of free people to spread liberty. As Griswold argued, “commercial engagement is the best way to encourage more open societies abroad.” Of course, there are no guarantees. But lifting the embargo would have a greater likelihood of success than continuing a policy which has failed. Some day the Cuban people will be free. Allowing more contact with Americans likely would make that day come sooner." - Doug Bandow


We have undergone a name change! We are now the Shelby Debate Society!

Join Us for a Celebration of Achievements! 04/11/2013

Join Us for a Celebration of Achievements!

Join Us for a Celebration of Achievements! returning to Memphis Debate for next fall. Early registration forms for our 2013 Memphis Debate Summer Institute will be available at the banquet. The summer debate institute has historically provided students with encouraging experiences and exclusive insight into the upcoming debate season.  Our i...

Are You Going DEEP? 12/18/2012

Are You Going DEEP?

Are You Going DEEP?  Going DEEP usually evokes famous sports memories that might include long baseball, soccer, or hockey drives, touchdown passes, or three-point basketball goals.  This campaign is not a prelude to an ESPN top ten highlight reel.  Instead, Going DEEP provides a chance for Greater Memphis to get involv...

#GivingTuesday...You can make a difference! 12/04/2012

...You can make a difference!

#GivingTuesday...You can make a difference! The Urban Child Institute showed that Memphis City Schools (MCS) achieved respective 2009 graduation and dropout rates of 62.1% and 25.9%.  Students who join debate teams are 42% more likely to graduate than those who do not.  African American male debaters increase their graduation rate by 70%. 


Recruiting MUDL alumni who can judge at Memphis Debate tournaments during 2012-13 season. This is for pay at our six tournaments. Contact Dwight Fryer at [email protected].


We worked with almost 300 amazing students during the 2010-12 school year. This video shares what several student debaters think about debate and the Memphis Urban Debate League. Visit to see how you can help create an amazing year for urban debate students.

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