Wednesday, October 3, 2007

A School of Firsts

In 1855, the first public school in Nashville, Hume School, opened on the corner of Broad Street and Spruce (now 8th) Avenue. Twelve teachers taught all grades in the three-story building.
Twenty years later, Fogg High School opened on an adjoining lot that faced Broad Street. (The front of the building above faces Broad. Spruce/8th Avenue is on the far left, and unseen, of this photo.) The high school classes moved there. In 1912, the school district combined the two schools into a new facility (The original two buildings were destroyed.) and renamed the school Hume-Fogg High School. And, in 1919, Hume-Fogg was the first school in Tennessee to be accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

For years, Hume-Fogg followed a basic high school curriculum, but gradually in the 40s-50s, the school added technical and vocational classes. In the early 80s, Hume-Fogg became the first magnet school in the Metro Nashville School District. Hume-Fogg continues to be the academic magnet high school, attracting approximately 900 students from all areas of the school district.

A couple of interesting notes:
The school became a magnet as a way to voluntarily comply with court-ordered desegregation. Academically gifted students from around the area, regardless of race or ethnic background, could attend Hume-Fogg. The school remains a magnet today, and students must qualify academically, apply, and be chosen via a lottery in order to attend.

While the school has no football team, students do participate in other sports, and the percentage of students participating in sports is among the highest in the school district.

The school, which resembles a castle, was designed in a Gothic style. The building has two ramparts out front, and the walls and floors are both 24-inches thick, adding more to the castle/fort feeling. It is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Dinah Shore supposedly is an alumni of the school.


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quintarantino said...

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Anonymous said...

I thought about posting a picture of my school. It was made out of brick, locally made brick and consisted of 2 rooms. We only used one room, called the "small" room as we were only 23 students in all 8 grades. I like your school and the path it traveled and is still there. I went on to be a school teacher but found, after 13 years, I couldn't change the system and that schools have way too many administrators whose only job is to think of things for teachers to do so they get more credit for thinking of the stuff. A crazy system I could not tolerate any longer.

Gwen said...

This school looks like a castle! Nice photo and interesting information about it.

Anonymous said...

Dinah Shore did indeed attend this school at the same time my dad and mom did - Dad double-dated with her once!