A Boyd-Buchanan School 60th Anniversary Kick-off Charter Day celebration will be held Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. in the Jett Gymnasium. Honored guests will include the families of the original charter signers of the school on May 8, 1952, and the entire student body and faculty.
For several years a number of Christians in the Chattanooga area, recognizing the need for proper training of their children, were interested in establishing a private school in which the Bible would be taught daily in addition to standard, academic subjects. In the summer of 1950, a definite movement to found the Chattanooga Bible School was begun with a meeting held at White Oak Church of Christ. In 1952, a building was purchased at 950 Vine St. (currently housing Chattanooga Masonic Lodge No. 199 F.&A.M.).
On May 8, 1952, seven men signed the charter for the state of Tennessee to open the Chattanooga Bible School in the fall of that year. These seven men included W. J. Bell, L. R. Boyd, J. R. Byers, Paul Buchanan, T. J. Jett, A. C. Pinckley and Bryan Crisman. Elvis H. Huffard was appointed president and Fred A. Mosley principal.
The Chattanooga Bible School opened in September of 1952 with 132 students enrolled from kindergarten through the sixth grade. In 1953, the seventh and eighth grades were added making a total enrollment of 222 students.
In tribute to the original charter day on May 8, 1952, the school will recognize these seven men and all the people who worked diligently throughout the years to bring Boyd-Buchanan School to where it is today. The celebration will honor these men and their families who will be representing the original seven men who signed the charter 60 years ago on Tuesday.