Bright School Centennial Celebration Marks 100 Years

Thursday, November 8, 2012
Distinguished Alumni Award honoree Fletcher Bright ‘43.
Distinguished Alumni Award honoree Fletcher Bright ‘43.

O.J. Morgan, Bright School’s head of school, welcomed attendees to a sold-out gala celebration on Saturday, at the Chattanooga Golf & Country Club. With exquisite food, music, historical imagery and a beautiful setting, the event marked the Centennial of the local educational institution. Honored guests included current and former parents, current and former faculty and staff, alumni, current and past members of the Board of Trustees and friends of the school.



One hundred years ago, Bright School was founded with the goal of educating elementary-age pupils to prepare them for secondary school. Today, Bright School is a renowned, award-winning elementary school with a stellar faculty and accomplished alumni in all walks of life


“We were so pleased to be able to celebrate the school’s founding by Mary Gardner Bright in 1913,” said Mr. Morgan.  “Seeing the many people who joined us in this great event was truly gratifying, and knowing that we are all a part of an ongoing tradition of educational excellence is an unbelievable honor.”

Guests viewed the premier screening of Bright School’s Centennial Film, created by Brent Mills ’76, president of Nature Films Network, that beautifully traced the history of the school from its founding in 1913 through today.  The film looked back at the school’s early years and noted that the school has begun to chart a course for an equally remarkable second century.


Jimmy Adams and Jay Floyd were co-chairmen of this momentous event.  Attention to detail was evident from the illuminated hanging stars in the entryway to the draped ballroom to the exquisite food and music.


Fletcher Bright ‘43, was honored with the inaugural Distinguished Alumni Award, henceforth known as the “Fletcher Bright Distinguished Alumni Award.”  In introducing the award, Morgan spoke of Bright’s outstanding dedication to the school.


“Fletcher Bright has lived out the mission of Bright School in all aspects of his life:  enriching our culture, expanding our vision of humanity, and contributing to the larger good,” said Mr. Morgan.  “With fun, humility, and a genuine love for people, he has made us all grateful for his wonderful life.”


No matter the decade, let alone the century, Miss Bright’s values and dreams for her school are still valid. 


Founded in 1913, Bright School is a coeducational, independent elementary school serving children in grades prekindergarten through five. For more information, visit the school’s website at www.brightschool.com or call 423 267-8546.

Attendees celebrate Bright School’s Centennial.
Attendees celebrate Bright School’s Centennial.

Eledge Named Distinguished Professor

Dr. Jean Eledge has been awarded the rank of “Distinguished Professor of French” by the Lee University Board of Directors. This title is the highest honor that can be bestowed on a member of Lee’s faculty.  Dr. Eledge is one of only six professors in Lee’s history to be awarded the title of “Distinguished Professor.”  She joins Bob Barnett, Debbie Murray, and Carolyn ... (click for more)

Gittens And Yang Take First Place In Lee’s Piano Competition

Benjamin Gittens and Hsin-Hao Yang took first place in the 11th annual Lee University piano competitions for the collegiate and pre-collegiate divisions, respectively. The award ceremony concluded the International Piano Festival and Competition held June 14-20. For the pre-collegiate division, second place was awarded to Eriko Darcy, with third place going to Christopher Richardson.  ... (click for more)

Boyd Asks Coppinger For Public Apology; Does Not Get One

County Commissioner Tim Boyd on Wednesday morning read a letter in which he asked County Mayor Jim Coppinger for a public apology. However, he did not get one. Instead, County Mayor Coppinger called remarks last Wednesday by Commissioner Boyd that the county mayor had $4.4 million in discretionary funds "ridiculous." He said that money includes such items as the Humane Educational ... (click for more)

New Family Justice Center Opens Near Eastgate

    The fourth Family Justice Center in Tennessee opened on Wednesday in Chattanooga to much fanfare from community members and advocacy groups with comments from Executive Director Valerie Radu, Mayor Andy Berke and City Council Chair Carol Berz among others.       Ms. Berz, who has been an advocate for the establishment of such ... (click for more)

Police Need To Stop The Road Cowboys

Where is our highway patrol?  If they were known to regularly patrol our interstate highways through our city I don't think it would take long before the "truckers" were aware of it.  There are places in our country where this is the case.   When I have traveled Interstates 24 and 75 I may see the occasional car pulled over but rarely if ever is it an 18-wheeler. ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: My Garden This July

As the month of July dawns this morning, a walk through my garden shows some flowers blooming, my marigolds dying, and the grass is greener than I thought it would be. But as I look for what’s good and what’s bad, let’s remember that some firecrackers pop while others fizzle. Here we go… A BANG to career criminal Whitely Bulger, the 85-year-old master criminal who in a recent ... (click for more)