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.

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