Due to the rapid residential expansion in the Germantown area, the Shelby County Board of Education saw a need for a new elementary school in the community. In August of 1977, Dogwood opened under the leadership of Patsy E. Smith. The school housed grades K-7 with an enrollment of 623 students distributed in 29 classrooms.
The population increased in 1978 with the addition of grade 8. The transition to K-8 brought about the need for additional personnel. In the spring of 1985, plans were approved for construction of seven additional classrooms. The population continued to increase rapidly, and four portable classrooms were added.
Continued rapid, residential expansion necessitated the construction of Houston Middle School. This brought about changes for Dogwood. In 1989, grades 6-8 were transferred to Houston Middle School. The staff was shifted. Portable classrooms were no longer needed.
In 1997, Patsy Smith was promoted to Assistant to the Superintendent. Lois Williams was appointed Interim Principal for one year. The next year, Susan Pittman was assigned Principal at Dogwood. Ms. Pittman remained Principal until December 2005 when she accepted the position of Director of Early Childhood and Elementary Education. Ms. Andrea Simpson was named Principal and continued to serve until 2012. Ms. Pittman returned in the fall of 2012 and continued to serve in this capacity until her retirement in June of 2016. Teresa Price was appointed as principal July, 2016.