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The sudden closing of Ward-Belmont in 
1951 jump-started a team of faculty, parents 
and concerned citizens into laying the foun- 
dation for The Harpeth Hall School. Its 
opening in the fall of 1951 was nothing 

short of a miracle. The determination of 

Harpeth Hall's faculty and founding hoard 
members allowed it to grow from one build- 
ing with limited resources to the sprawling 
campus that it is today. With a legacy that 
dates back to 1865, Harpeth Hall and its 
predecessors have provided outstanding 
education for young women and motivated 
them to their greatest potential. This book 
expands upon Harpeth Hall's rich heritage 

and celebrates the milestones and memories 

of its students, faculty and administration. 

Digitized by the Internet Archive 

in 2011 with funding from 

LYRASIS Members and Sloan Foundation 




- Dedica 

For their steadfast commitment to 
superior education for young women and for 
their unwavering support of the founding of 
Harpeth Hall, we dedicate Celebrating Mile- 
stones: The Life and Legacy of The Harpeth 
Hall School to the founding faculty and staff 

Miss Vera Brooks 
Miss Patty Chadwell 
Mrs. Sophronia Eggleston 
Miss Frances Ewing 
Mrs. Lucie Fountain 
Mrs. Martha Gregory 
Miss Billie Kuykendall 
Mrs. Lenora Litkenhous 
Mrs. Ruth Mann 
Miss Lucile McClean 
Miss Ella Puryear Mims 
Miss Penelope Mountfort 
Mrs. Margaret (Pat) Ottarson 
Mrs. Mary Rasmussen 
Mrs. Susan S. Souby 
Mrs. Madeline Terry 
Miss Roberta Wikle 
Miss Catharine Winnia 







Thank you to the many 

Ward-Belmont and Harpeth Hall 

alumnae who contributed their 

special memories to this book. 

A special thanks to 

Gilbertine Moore (W-B '35) who, 

through a donation, has generously 

underwritten a portion of the 

development of this book. 

Additional thanks to the following: 

Mr. and Mrs. James W. Perkins, Jr. 

for their donation in honor of 

Emily Perkins Zerfoss (75); 

Mr. and Mrs. Walter Hughey King 

for their donation in honor of 

Carmine King Jordan ('65) and 

Sallie King Norton ('71); 

Mr. James W Hofstead for 

his donation in memory of 

Ellen Bowers Hofstead (W-B '34) 

and in honor of 

Edie Hofstead Cabaniss ('65). 

We have made every attempt to verify 

names, facts and figures. Please forgive any 

inaccuracies or inconsistencies. 

Designed and Manufactured by 

Favorite Recipes* Press 

an imprint of 

P.O. Box 305142 

Nashville, Tennessee 37203 


Managing Editor: Mary Cummings 
Project Manager: Jane Hinshaw 

Designers: David Malone, Jim Scott 

Copy Editor: Elizabeth Miller 

Production Design: Sara Anglin 

First Printing: 2001 


Published by: The Harpeth Hall School 

Copyright ©: The Harpeth Hall School 

3801 Hobbs Road, Nashville, TN 37215 


ISBN: 0-9709107-0-3 

Editor: Heather Cochran (79) 

Photo Editor: Betsy Koonce Sottek (75) 

Milestone Celebration Co-chairs: Sarah Winn Nichols ('83) 
Emily Perkins Zerfoss (75) 

Illustrations: Janetta Fleming Concepcion (75) 

Chapter Writers: The Heritage — Patty Delony ('66) 
and Patty Litton Chadwell (W-B '35) 
1950s— Beth Creighton Harwell ('55) 

1960s— Ginger Osborn ('66) 

1970s— Nicki Pendleton Wood (79) 

1980s— JoAnna Warnock Blauw ('83) 

1990s— Lacey Galbraith ('95) 

Behind The Scenes — Emily Cate Tidwell (75) 

Contributing Writers: Adell Crowe (74) 

*Carol Clark Elam ('66) 

Polly Jordan Nichols ('53) 

Elizabeth Wright Ralph (77) 

Cathy Cate Sullivan (73) 

Sue Fort White (73) 

Editorial Board: Patty Litton Chadwell (W-B '35) 
Tolly Jordan Nichols ('53) 
Sarah Winn Nichols ('83) 
Emily Perkins Zerfoss (75) 

Special Thanks: Ann Teaff, Head of School 

Beth Boord, Director ot Advancement 

Audi Boklage I lolbrook ('87), Milestones Celebrations Coordinator 

Elizabeth King, Special Events Coordinator 

Lynn McDonald, Directot of Majot Gifts 

Sallie Kins Norton (71), Director of Alumnae Relations 

Dianne Buttrey Wild ('66), Director of Admissions 

*CarolCI<irk Elam gracious!? and thoughtfully helped with the publication 
oj [In* hiok and nerved ,i* chair o\ Harpeth I tali's board from 1998 until /to untimely 
tlairli in December 2000 The school is deeply saddened by her loss and appreciates 

Ik') Jowiiii iM.i I' .ri k'lutl/ ,>/ HlU/vi/i Hull through the years 

This hook was written to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the founding of The Harpeth Hall School. A team of 
alumnae writers and editors was assembled who solicited input from the entire Ward-Belmont and Harpeth Hall 
alumnae base. Alumnae comments ranged from entries stating that being in Harpeth Hall's chemistry class fostered a 
desire to be a doctor to musings on the absurd concoctions made during lunch period. There was, however, a common 
thread woven through the vast majority of material we received. Harpeth Hall is not just a school — it is an experience, a 
heritage and a community. Most graduates feel that their years at Harpeth Hall allowed them to develop their own voice 
or a healthy self-awareness, and many assert that their educational experience there would become the most important in 
their lives. 

As our team conducted interviews, read through stacks of comments and pored over archival material, we became 
more and more aware of the uniqueness of this shared experience. We came to realize the extent of the sacrifices made by 
those who had gone before us to provide us with this rich educational opportunity. We are grateful to the many people 
who had the vision and commitment to participate in the founding of Harpeth Hall when Ward-Belmont closed in 
1951 — the board of trustees, the parents, families and the first students. 

Additionally, we owe undying gratitude and admiration for the eighteen original faculty and staff members. This 
dedicated group believed that superior education for young women, the core values developed at Ward-Belmont and its 
tradition of excellence must continue. Under the direction of the highly respected Susan S. Souby, the former director of 
the high school department of Ward-Belmont, these risk-takers took a step of faith and began Harpeth Hall with a clear 
vision of the outstanding education it would provide. They held fast to this belief even though they were given no 
contracts or assurance that they would be paid through that first year. Working with minimal facilities and limited 
resources, these women, all but one of whom stayed through the entire first decade, prepared the first graduating class for 
acceptance into some of the finest colleges across the country. As role models and educators, this first faculty had a 
profound and lasting influence on each and every student. 

Founded in 1951 in Nashville, Tennessee, The Harpeth Hall School has earned a reputation during the last 50 years 
as one of the South's finest educational institutions tor young women. It has remained true to its mission statement, which 
reads, "Harpeth Hall, an independent college preparatory school for young women, offers a traditional curriculum 
designed to challenge each student to her highest intellectual and creative abilities. The School's program strives to 
develop in each young woman the skills, self-esteem and confidence for having a successful college experience and for 
meeting the challenges of the future. Harpeth Hall is committed to a single-gender environment wherein each student 
can he equipped, nourished and motivated to meet her potential for learning as well as for living." 

Harpeth Hall's roots are firmly embedded in the traditions of Ward-Belmont, which itself was founded through the 
merger of Belmont College and Ward Seminary. The sudden demise of Ward-Belmont in 1951 rallied a group of 
concerned parents and faculty to lay the groundwork for the opening of Harpeth Hall. Its opening in the tall ot 1951 was 
nothing short of a miracle and a testament to the hard work and dedication ot these individuals. 

This commemorative book hearkens the reader back to 1865 when Federal troops occupied Nashville, then a city of 
15,000 citizens, following the end of the Civil War. Despite being located in a city in turmoil, Ward Seminary for Young 
Ladies opened on September 2, 1865, and became an immediate success. Decades later, on September 4, 1890, Belmont 
College opened with substantial fanfare as a new school for young ladies. These two institutions with similar purpose 
eventually merged to form Ward-Belmont in 191 3. 

The story of these schools unfolds as students and faculty in each decade share reminiscences about traditions, events, 
buildings and people that helped shape their lives. Biographies ot leaders beginning with Susan S. Souby, the head ot the 
high school department tor Ward-Belmont who served as head ot the newly founded Harpeth Hall, are included, as are 
profiles of dedicated faculty who have been involved with the school from its founding to the present. 

Anecdotes and photos that capture the essence of the school as it grew from the former P. M. Estes estate to a 
resplendent 34-acre campus ready to take its student body well into the 21st century are the focal points ot each decade 
chapter. It is the memory ot each graduate that Celebrating Milestones: The Life and Legacy of The Harpeth Hall Sehool 
honors and applauds. 

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. he visions of the founders of Harpeth 
Hall, Ward-Belmont, Ward Seminary and 
Belmont College were consistent: each was 
to be an institution dedicated to providing 
excellent education to young women. 
Because the schools were founded many 
years apart, the lives students could expect 
to live after graduation were quite different. 
There are therefore vast differences in the 
course offerings, extracurricular activities 
and cultures of the schools. Many aspects 
of Ward-Belmont, founded early in the 
twentieth century, now seem quaint. 
Despite the superficial differences, Ward 
Seminary, Belmont College, Ward-Belmont 
and Harpeth Hall share many values. Most 
important among these values is a 
commitment to develop within each young 
woman the skills, self-esteem and confi- 
dence that will prepare her for life as a 


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for Young Ladies 

W. E. Wahd's Semisart for Torso Latmk.s is one of the noted institutions of the city. 
It has been in operation seven years, and has averaged about 300 pupils for four Tears 
past. It takes rank with the leading (schools in the United States. The Building is 
magnificent in its proportions and architecture, and has all the late improvements It 
has beantifal grounds, a graded yard for croquet, and a ten-pin allev lor physical exer- 
cise. Its graduates rank high in scholarship, und many of them find ^'od places as 
teachers. It was chartered in 1807. It is central to the city, and its pupils enjov the 
best church advantages. Nashville is a beautiful and healthful situation f.r educational 
purposes. For cat;, and a\ rotation .... 

W, E. WARD. 

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Ward Seminary for Young Ladies was founded in 1865 by Dr. 
William E. Ward and his wife, Eliza Hudson Ward. The term 
"seminary" did not then necessarily carry a religious connotation; in 
the case of Ward, it meant a school for higher learning. Ward offered 
"a full and thorough course of instruction, embracing academic and 
collegiate work." While grade levels were less specific than they are 
today, the courses offered and the ages of the students generally 
corresponded to the equivalent ot high school and junior college. 

Born in Alabama in 1829, Dr. Ward graduated from Cumberland College in Lebanon, Tennessee, and served as a 
minister of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. It was the suggestion of his wife that he establish a school for girls in 
Nashville to fill the void created in 1863, when Federal troops forced Dr. William Elliott to move his famous Nashville 
Female Academy south to Montgomery, Alabama. Assisted by a loan from Mr. Byrd Douglas, Dr. and Mrs. Ward rented 
the Kirkman residence near the state Capitol at the corner of Summer Street (now Fifth Avenue) and Cedar Street. (It 
is an unusual coincidence that the Wards' landlords, the Kirkmans, were relatives of the family who later deeded Kirkman 
House to Harpeth Hall in 1986.) 

On September 2, 1865, the Wards opened their school with 30 girls present. It was a time of turmoil in Nashville: the 
Civil War had ended just a few months earlier, but Union troops still occupied the city and controlled the destiny of its 
15,000 citizens. Much lawlessness prevailed, and streets were not considered safe at night. The city was just beginning to 
emerge as a center of education: Montgomery Bell Academy opened two years later in 1867; Vanderbilt University was 
founded in 1873. 

Ward Seminary was an immediate success. By March 1866, enrollment had increased so much that Dr. Ward 
purchased from Mr. W P. Bryan a new site on Spruce Street (now Eighth Avenue). The Bryan residence was an ideal place 
for a school, with large rooms and a shaded 
treedined walkway in front of the house. 
As increased enrollment created a need for 
more space, surrounding buildings were 
annexed. The seminary also owned a farm 
where Baptist Hospital is now located; this 
was used for weekend recreation for the 
students and tor long walks from Spruce 
Street in the afternoons. 

Ward Seminary 
1888 Graduating Class 


Ward's motto Mens sana in corpore sano, "A sound mind in a sound 
body," indicates that athletics were an important part of the development 
of a Ward student. At first, the program of physical culture concentrated on 
dancing and calisthenics. As more active sports became proper for young 
ladies, athletic offerings expanded to include riding, bowling, roller skating, 
golf, tennis and swimming. Ward Seminary had the first girls' varsity 
basketball team in the South and one of the first in the nation. 

Entertainment included Saturday night soirees in the formal drawing 
rooms, where girls entertained each other and the faculty with musical 
performances and recitations. After presenting a letter of introduction from 
a student's parents, a young man might take a girl on a Sunday afternoon 
ride on Nashville's new McGavock and Spruce Railway ot mule-drawn cars. Occasionally there was an exciting event, 
such as President Hayes' goodwill visit to Nashville in 1877. The president was committed to the removal ot Federal 
troops from the South, and Ward decorated for his visit with flags, bunting and hanging baskets of flowers. The president 
halted his carriage in front of the school to receive a silver tray of flowers from a student. 

The school quickly developed a widespread reputation tor quality education. In 1870 the Educational Bureau in 
Washington, D.C., ranked Ward Seminary among the top three educational institutions tor young women in the nation. 
Course offerings included Latin, French, German, mathematics, science, expression, art, physical culture, home 


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economics and domestic art. Faculty members held degrees from such prestigious institutions as Columbia University, 
Wellesley College, Smith College, Harvard University and the Sorbonne. 

More than 3,000 girls attended classes at Ward Seminary during Dr. Ward's 22-year tenure as president. Dr. Ward's 
successors were Mr. J. B. Hancock, Rev. B. H. Charles and Mr. John Diell Blanton from Virginia, who served as president 
from 1892 until the school merged with Belmont in 1913. Mrs. Mary H. Robertson was principal of the school department 
throughout the administrations of Dr. Ward, Mr. Hancock and Dr. Charles. 

In 1891, the seminary was purchased by the Presbyterian Cooperative Association of Nashville. Although owned by 
the church, it remained nonsectarian. By 1911, the school had outgrown its buildings on Spruce Street. There was a need 
to spend several hundred thousand dollars tor new buildings, but there was no space on the campus for more structures. 

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Belmont College, founded by Misses Susan L. Heron and Ida E. Hood, opened in the former Acklen estate, Belmont, 
with substantial fanfare on September 4, 1890. The Nashville Daily American called the new school for young ladies "the 
Vassar of the South." The inaugural ceremony, tilled with the pomp and circumstance befitting an institution of its stature, 
was indeed a grand occasion. The event was described as "a red letter day in the educational annals of the city." 

The 1891 Prospectus of Belmont College tor Young Women states that the school was modeled on the women's 
colleges of the Northeast, offering a "broad and scholarly education" while "obviating the necessity of leaving the 
traditions and institutions of the South during the formative period of young womanhood." As "the acknowledged centre 
of culture and education in the South," Nashville was an ideal location tor such an institution. The designations ot class 
levels in the Belmont College yearbooks, the Iris, are somewhat contusing, but the academic program appears to 
correspond to the years of high school and junior college. 

Girls from prestigious families all across the South and Southwest filled the inaugural class, and 40 other girls had to 
enroll elsewhere. The Daily American said, "The roll call yesterday contained the names of ninety young ladies . . . 
daughters ot the very best people of the sections they represent, and no more appropriate schoohhouse could have been 
provided for them than this." The newspaper account described the campus in glowing terms, stating that the "grand old 
place" had never looked more beautiful, having had "every improvement that money and science can furnish." The school 
buildings combined the "stately grandeur ot an ante-bellum mansion with the cosy conveniences of modern invention." 

Miss Hood 

Miss Heron 

Little is known ot Belmont's founders, who were 
deliberately vague about their past lives. No record could be 
found ot the schools they attended, their hometowns or 
family history. Miss Hood, a Quaker, probably grew up in the 
Philadelphia area. Miss Heron, a Presbyterian, may have been 
from Iowa, where the town ot Ida Grove is said to have been 

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named for her. The two met as classmates in 
Philadelphia and became great friends, announcing 
themselves to everyone as "Hood and Heron, or 
Heron and Hood." 

A man who had known them in their early 
teaching years said, "Miss Heron was plump, 
redheaded, brown-eyed and evidently the leader." 
Miss Heron, described as strong-willed and "the 
embodiment of graciousness and dignity," took care 
Acklen Hall in the late 1920s f t h e school's business, while "the gentle Miss 

Hood," who loved poetry and was known for providing special encouragement to her students, had charge of the 

institution's academic side. Before coming to Nashville, the women had been co-principals of Martin College in Pulaski, 

Tennessee, for five years. They were considering a move to a larger city, perhaps Boston, in order to use their reputation 

for fine scholarship to better advantage. When they consulted Miss 

Heron's brother in Virginia about their plan to establish a school, he 

advised them to "Go South." Some friends in Nashville persuaded the 

ladies to consider the Acklen estate, Belmont, which was for sale 

following the death of its owner. 

Miss Hood later wrote, "We were driving out Hillsboro Road when 

we saw it for the first time. Miss Heron was extravagantly pleased with 

the place and forthwith made arrangements for locating here." When 

friends later asked how they happened to choose the deserted Belmont 

estate, which needed extensive improvements to make it usable as a 

school, one of them would reply, "It was the old tower that did it." 


Nashville had grown considerably in the 25 
years since Ward was founded: the city had 76,000 
residents and 9,000 students in 20 schools. The 
city's public transportation had just been converted 
from mule-drawn carts to electric street cats, which 
operated on 17 lines over more than 50 miles of 
track. The grand Union Station had been 
completed at the end of 1889, and workmen put 
the finishing touches on the train shed during the 
summer of 1890. A young man starting out in 
business could expect a salary of approximately $20 
per month. A fine new brick house could be 
purchased for $4,500, with $800 down and the 
balance due at $38.50 per month. 

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Belmont had been the home ot Adelicia Hayes Acklen 
Cheatham, who developed the 640-acte estate with extensive 
parks and gardens, with her second husband, Joseph Acklen. The 
mansion was built in 1850 according to the blueprints of the 
internationally famous architect William Strickland of 
Philadelphia, whose other works in the area include the Tennessee 
State Capitol, Downtown Presbyterian Church and Belle Meade 
Mansion. Wooldridge's History of Nashville described the property 
as having its own waterworks fed by a limestone spring, a gas 
machine and appliances and an electric plant. The water tower, 
105 feet high, was supplied by two tine springs. During the War ^_„_ ■ - . 

Between the States, the tower served as a signal tower for Federal 
troops led by General Wood. The house and gardens were not 
molested, despite heavy fighting in the area. 

The 1889 purchase of the property by Misses Heron and Hood for $52,000 included the mansion, a brick bowling alley, 
pavilions, several greenhouses, the water tower and 15 acres of land. The ladies immediately began extensive renovation 
of the house and property. The structure known as Friendship Hall (later North Front) was added to the back of the 
mansion; other improvements included water and gas supply lines, sidewalks and an indoor swimming pool. The Daily 
American reported: "It is well known that more than $300,000 was spent on the house, grounds and outhouses, and 
doubtless much more if it could be investigated accurately." 

Before long, the college had grown enough to require additional buildings. Fidelity and Founders Halls were added to 
the west and east of Friendship Hall to form the north facade of the campus. The three buildings looked down the hill 
(now 16th Avenue) toward the city ot Nashville in the distance. The Daily American reported that the school was 
"connected with the city by a ptivate street-car line." 

Belmont class and teacher at the Bear House, 
originally part of the Belmont estate zoo 


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Many of the founders' former students and several teachers came with the ladies from Pulaski to the new school. 
Other faculty were recruited from Wellesley College and Cornell University. Both Miss Heron and Miss Hood 
were determined that their school would be far more than a "finishing school." They stated that they believed in "girl 
brains" and felt that girls were "as deserving of development as boy brains." Accordingly, they instituted a rigorous 
academic program. The school's early cataloges stated that Latin and Greek 
were standard for Belmont students. Also included in the $60 per year tuition 


New Building of Handsome Proportions 
and Superb Equipment Adds to the 
Advantages of the Institution— Pupils 
From Many States. 

were class elocution, calisthenics and choral singing. Private lessons in piano BELMONT COLLEGE OPENS UNDER 


and voice were available, each for $80 per year. Art and private elocution 

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lessons were also ottered. 1 he 34-person Start ot Administration and 
Instruction in 1912 included a disciplinarian, two librarians, a postmistress, a 
nurse and seven hostesses. 

Belmont's reputation for excellence attracted students from all over the 

The opening registration of pupils at 

country. In its final year, there were 376 students from 28 states. Most girls were Belmont College Thursday morning was 

' ' b the largest in the history of the Institu- 

tion. The Regent and principals had not 

from the South, but they came from as far away as North Dakota, New Mexico anticipated the contingency of having to 

turn away thirty young ladies with the 

additional accommodation provided. The 

and Oregon. capacity of the college is 225, and it is 

filled, and was so practically a month 
ago. All solicitation for pupils was stop- 
ped early in August, and for several 
weeks no additional registrations for the 
boarding department have been consid- 

The student body, as seen in the chapel 
at the opening exercises on Thursday 
morning, was most attractive. The av- 
erage age of the students is more ad- 
vanced, and there is an air of earnestness 
of purpose manifest, both collectively and 
individually, that is very pleasing and en- 

It is an interesting fact that one girl in 
every five comes from north of the O'hlo 

now owned by Vanderbilt University and serves as the chancellor's home.) The River. Four are from New York state, 

and four from South Dakota. Others are 
from Seattle, Portland, the City of Mex- 

ladies are buried next to each other in the Mount Olivet Cemetery in ico, and every state from Minnesota to 

the Gulf and Florida. Many are from 
Ohio and Pennsylvania, and nearly a 

Nashville, where their tombstone desctibes them as "friends eternally." Miss hundred come from Texas. 
Hood died in 1921, Miss Heron in 1933. 

Belmont College grew and flourished under the leadership of Misses Heron 
and Hood for 23 years. In 1913, the two ladies, "tired of school," decided to 
retire. They had built their dream home, Braeburn, at 211 Deer Park Drive in 
Belle Meade toi $35,000, caretully designing the house with large reception 
rooms for entertaining tnends and former students. [Editor's Note: This house is 

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• Girls going out with gentlemen other than their own fathers must invite a chaperone. Gifts from gentlemen are not delivered, and flowers and 
candy are immediately sent to some charitable institution. 

• Students are expected to keep an itemized account of expenses, and forward the same to parents monthly. Parents are requested to require this. 

• Plans for daily exercise must he cheerfully met, the beautiful old Park of sixteen acres, the halls, veranda and balconies offering attractive 

• Due reverence for the Sabbath prohibits visiting, reception of company, dtiving, unseemly reading, or loud and boisterous talking and laughing. 
Gossip, slang, exaggerations, fighting and frivolous conversations are deplored at all times. 

• No student will leave the grounds without a chaperone, nor remain out of the College overnight except by special permission from parents and 
arrangement with faculty. Indolent and disorderly students must not expect visiting privileges. 

• From first to last the student who wishes to be contented and successful must find her pleasure and happiness in study. Outside diversions may 
afford temporary relief, but they cannot compensate for the true happiness that comes with a sense of duty. 

• Necessary shopping will be done by the College shoppers. A seamstress will come to the house when absolutely needed, not otherwise. All sewing 
and dressmaking, dentistry, photography, etc., should teceive attention at home, since they seriously interfere with study and progress. 

• Deliberate carelessness in regard to health is severely reprimanded; hence young women must dress properly, must avoid exposure, and articles of 
food must not be kept in rooms to be eaten at unseasonable hours. Light weight, long-sleeved underwear, heavier hosiery and high shoes are 
required in winter. 

• All mail, packages, boxes and telegrams to and from the College pass through the hands of the management, subject to their inspection. Suspected 
communications are opened in the presence of the student or are immediately forwarded to parents, who are expected to select and limit their 
daughters' correspondents. 

• Gentlemen callers must bring letters of introduction, but will only be teceived occasionally, and from eight to nine at night. Frequent and regular 
calling is not permitted. New acquaintances must not expect the privilege. Brothers may call on their sisters at seven o'clock Sunday nights. 

• As room decorations each young lady will he allowed only four framed pictures, two photogtaphs and two College pennants on her walls and 
dresser at the same time. Considerations of health and good taste necessitate this rule, which is inflexibly kept. A just regard tor College properry 
and for students who occupy the rooms afterwards should be a sufficient incentive to keep the custom cheerfully. 

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On September 25, 1913, Ward-Belmont opened, uniting Ward Seminary tor Young Ladies and Belmont College 
for Young Women. The new school had a junior college, a preparatory school, a primary school and a music conservatory. 

At the time Belmont's founders were making the decision to retire, Ward Seminary was looking tor more space in a 
suburban location. With well over 500 students each, both Ward and Belmont needed new academic buildings and 
dormitories. While Belmont had extensive grounds, Ward had no available space tor expansion. Commenting on the 1913 
merger ot the two rival schools, Louise Davis wrote in The Tennessean: "That the two schools of such similar purpose 


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should be joined, linked under the name Ward-Belmont, taking the 
buildings of one and the president of the other, seemed the logical 
answer to the problems of both." 

Dr. Ira Landrith, who had served as assistant to Misses Heron 
and Hood, became Ward-Belmont's first president. Dr. John Diell 
Blanton, who had been director of Ward Seminary, served initially 
as vice president and chairman of faculty; he became president when 
Dr. Landrith retired in 1914- He served as president until his death 
in 1933, when he was succeeded by Dr. John W Barton. In 1936, Andrew Bell Benedict became president. He was 
followed in 1940 by Dr. Joseph E. Burk, who had been dean of the school. Dr. Robert Calhoun Provine, former dean of 
faculty ot Ward-Belmont, was elected the school's sixth president on June 6, 1945. 

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Ward-Belmont was noted for excellence in academics and music. In the first academic year, course offerings included 
English, history, mathematics, science, Greek, Latin, French, German, Spanish, psychology, education, sociology, 
expression, physical education, art, secretarial work, domestic science and a wide variety of music courses. The faculty and 
administrative staff of 62 held degrees from Vanderbilt, Yale, Northwestern, Wellesley, Columbia and other respected 
universities and colleges, and almost all the language and music teachers had studied in Europe. Students were "influenced 
to excellence by the likes of [teachers] Gertrude Casebier, Martha Ordway, Linda Rhea, Florence Boyer, Catherine 
Morrison, Susan Souby, Mary Elizabeth Cayce and countless others who cared," writes Jean Burk Bennett (W-B '39). 


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Continuing the ttadition of academic excellence established hy its ptedecessor institutions, Ward-Belmont in 1922 
became the first junior college in the South to receive full accreditation by the Southern Association ot Colleges and 
Secondary Schools. This was due in large part to the record of the alumnae, 93 percent of whom had graduated from 
universities after completing their two years at Ward-Belmont Junior College. At one time, a diploma from Ward-Belmont 
carried with it a certificate of privilege for admission to Vassar, Wellesley, Smith, Vanderbilt or the University ot Chicago. 

The Conservatory of Music in 1938 became the first junior college conservatory to be accepted by the National 
Association of Schools ot Music. The College and Preparatory School were members ot the Southern Association of 
Colleges and Secondary Schools throughout their existence; the College was also a member of the American Association 
of Junior Colleges. The School of Art held a chapter membership in the American Federation of Arts. 

A brochure from the 1940s outlines the varied courses of study: 'A majority of the students elect to take one of the 
more strictly academic programs composed of English, foreign languages, science, mathematics, history and the social 
sciences, psychology and philosophy. Others take special work in art, speech, home economics, secretarial training, or 
physical education. Some combine music with the tegular college program and receive a certificate in piano, voice, violin, 
organ or harp along with their General Diploma. Srill others, who intend to continue their studies on a professional basis, 
give their full time to the Conservatory program." 

Describing the school to prospective students and their parents, the brochure states, "Ward-Belmont is not a large, 
cold impersonal institution with students of widely varying ages, outlooks, and backgrounds. The students are carefully 

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selected, and the faculty and staff are chosen because of their fitness for the particular type of leadership and instruction 
that the school fosters. Emphasis is placed on actual teaching — not research. While predominantly Southern, students and 
faculty are a cosmopolitan group and come from some thirty-eight states and ten foreign countries. Everything on the 
campus — from beautiful Acklen Hall to the playing fields and unique Club Village — has been carefully planned tor girls. 
There are unlimited opportunities for pleasant companionship at a most impressionable age. Girls live, work and play 
together simply and naturally. 

"By means of regular hours, distractions are kept at a minimum. When work is in order, every student is expected to 
devote herself wholeheartedly to her studies. When studies are done, every student has ample opportunity to participate 
in the numerous extra-curricular activities, special interest groups and sports." 


• A reprimand is a severe reproof. 

• Suspension is the temporary severing of a student's connection with the institution. 

• Expulsion is permanent dismissal from the institution. Any student who leaves the campus 
without permission, or who cheats in examination, renders herself liable to summary dismissal. 

• A student who is found to be out of sympathy with the spirit and ideals of the school may be 
asked to withdraw even though she may not have broken any formal rules of the school. 


Rouge and lipstick must not be used during school or gymnasium schedules. 

Chewing gum will not be permitted. 

Day Students must be dressed simply and in good taste. 

No Day Student may absent herself from assembly or club without permission from the Supervisor of Class Attendance. 

High School students may not sit upon the campus during study periods. College students may sit upon the campus in smal 

It is expected that College students use the library during the periods when they do not have scheduled appointments. 

Students may not sit on the stairways or in cars upon or adjacent to the campus. They must not loiter in the cloak rooms. 

Students must not deface the school property. Undue noise is not permitted in academic halls. Silence must be maintained 

and in the study hall. 

Day Students must not meet young men upon the campus, nor are they expected to meet them adjacent to the campus. 

Day Students must not carry mail or telegrams to or from boarding students. 

High school students may not smoke on or adjacent to the campus, nor at any place during the school day. 

College students during the school day may smoke only on the campus in the room provided for that purpose. 

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When Ward-Belmont was established, the school began with the primary grades so that the students of Ward 
Seminary's grammar school classes could continue their schooling without interruption. The Little School, as it was 
called, was always quite small with four to eight students in each grade, and teachers were often in charge of two grades. 
The first through eighth grades were discontinued one class at a time; the last class began first grade in 1931. 

Miss Annie C. Allison closed her popular preparatory school for girls in 1923 and came 
to Ward-Belmont as head of The Little School in 1924- She also taught Latin. In 1925, she 
was installed as principal of the high school, a position she held for 20 years. She was 
succeeded in that post by Susan S. Souby. "Miss Annie Allison was the first friend I made 
at Ward-Belmont. It was November 1943 and I was entering as a high school junior after 
attending schools in Virginia, Georgia, Kansas and Arkansas during the previous tour years. 
Her gracious manner and warm welcome made me feel sate and appreciated during those 
last three years of World War II," recalls Evelyn Dickenson Swensson (W-B '45). 

Miss Annie C. Allison 

The 1919 yearbook described the campus in glowing terms: "There is nothing about Ward-Belmont that is not 
dignified and beautiful. Consistent with her kitty ideals and the admirable grace with which she does everything are Ward- 
Belmont's buildings and campus, which contribute their large share toward the unequaled atmosphere of the place." 

The main buildings were grouped around a spacious quadrangle with one open side. On the north side was Acklen 
Hall, the mansion of the original Belmont estate (also known as Rec Hall). This was flanked by Fidelity and Founders 
Halls complete with drawing rooms, an auditorium and dining rooms. On the east side were three residence halls: 
Pembroke, 1 fail and I leron, where most prep boarding students lived. The John Piell Blanton Academic Building (known 
as Big Ac) and the gymnasium were on the south side of the quadrangle. The Conservatory of Music was in a building of 
its own with numerous practice rooms, two pipe organs, a music library with recordings, biographies, works on theory and 
practice of music, miniature scores and ensemble works. 



In 1929, a 23-bell cast bronze carillon was installed in the historic water tower. The alumnae association and the class 
of 1928 gave the bells in memory of those who lost their lives in World War I. The bells rang on special occasions, and 
each new school year they welcomed the "belles" back to the campus. Every Christmas Eve, the community heard the 
bells as the school gave its musical Christmas card to the city. 

Music and other cultural activities were a vital part of life at Ward-Belmont. The orchestra, glee club and string 
ensemble enjoyed enthusiastic support, and there were frequent lectures and performances by professional musicians. 
Members of the conservatory staff sponsored numerous vocal and instrumental ensembles and other music groups including 
the glee club, choir, Chamber Music Society and the Captivators, a student-directed orchestra that played popular music. 
Performances were sometimes given in conjunction with nearby boys' schools; Gilbert and Sullivan operettas were among 
the favorites. The Dean of the Conservatory, Alan Irwin, had an impact on many students' lives. "He was my piano teacher, 
my choir director at Belmont Church, where he invited me to sing in the adult choir, and my conductor of operettas 
by Gilbert and Sullivan at Ward-Belmont. By 1949 I was a piano teacher, choir director and a conductor of Gilbert 
and Sullivan operettas for the DuPont Chorus in 

Waynesboro, Virginia, using all the skills he taught me," 
adds Evelyn Dickenson Swensson (W-B '45). 

Literary organizations included the Wordsmiths for 
college students and Penstaff for preparatory students 
interested in creative writing. Students edited a 
yearbook, Milestones (a name that remains today as 
Harpeth Hall's yearbook); a weekly newspaper, the 
Hyphen (named in honor of the merger to form Ward- 
Belmont); and a monthly literary magazine, the Chimes. Other clubs for special interest groups included the YWCA, art 
club, French, Spanish and mathematics clubs, riding and athletic clubs. 



There were no uniforms at Ward-Belmont, hut there were very specific dress requirements. In the 1930s, for classes 
the girls wore shirts and skirts, flat shoes and absolutely no make-up. When they left the campus for shopping or other 
events in town, they were required to wear solid black, brown or navy blue dresses with matching hats and white gloves. 
For dinner each evening they wore dresses appropriate for church or street wear. In the early years, the gym uniform 
consisted of long navy blue serge bloomers worn with long black stockings and white middy blouses with navy ties. 


Memories of a place or an experience are almost always shaped by the people we remember. One individual that 

every Ward-Belmont student remembers is Miss Catherine Morrison, who taught physical education throughout 

Ward- Belmont's 37 years and served as athletic director from 1932 until the school closed in 1951. Her own 

memory was legendary: she knew every girl's name by the end ot the first week of school. Even more amazing, when 

she was almost 100 years old, Miss Morrison could make a specific comment about almost every girl who attended 

Ward-Belmont during her tenure at the school. One graduate recalled being in a hotel lobby in Paris with her 

husband when Miss Motrison walked through, trailed by a group of Ward-Belmont girls, and greeted her calmly, 

"Good morning, Ann Caroline," as if there were nothing unusual about meeting many year- and thousands ot miles 

away from Ward-Belmont. 

Catherine Elwyn Morrison, a native of Boston, began her career at Ward Seminary, where she was hired in 1910 as a physical education teacher. 
Since an instructor already at the school was able to handle the modest physical education program, Miss Morrison initially served as a chaperone, a 
subsutute French teacher and the sponsor of the Christian Association. When the other physical education teacher left about a year later, Miss 
Morrison began to organize sports and other activities, including a May Day performance. She also arranged tor the girls to take swimming lessons at 
the YWCA. 

Two years later, Miss Morrison joined the newly metged Ward-Belmont as assistant to Miss Emma 1. Sisson from Providence, Rhode Island, in 
the physical education department. These two New England women became fast friends, and together started a girls' camp — Camp Cohechee — in 
Fryeburg, Maine, on Lake Kezar, a beautiful spot where Ward-Belmont girls from all over the country spent many happy summers. The horses from 
the Ward-Belmont stables went to Camp Cohechee, too, transported back and forth by boxcar. 

When Miss Sisson was made dean of women at Ward-Belmont, Miss Morrison became the directot of the physical education department. A 
remarkable organizer, Miss Morrison supervised swimming, hockey, basketball, bowling, archety, tennis, golf and Softball, as well as dancing and the 
equestrian program. She was a sttict disciplinarian whose stern reprimands — especially those involving chewing gum or unruly shirttails — were 
remembered by all. Nonetheless, her "girls" knew that she was absolutely dedicated to helping them develop their abilities, and many of them stayed 
in touch with her long after graduating. 

In the last years before her death in 1987 at the age of 101, she was blind and in a nursing home, but her mind and her wit were as sharp as ever. 
One day, as she lay in darkness in her bed, she demanded her whistle, put it around her neck, and exclaimed, "To think, when 1 would blow this 
whistle, 800 Ward-Belmont girls would come to attention." [Editor's Note: Miss Morrison's original whistle is now displayed in the Ward-Belmont room 
in Souby Hall on the campus of Harpeth Hall.) 

Beginning in 1933, girls wore navy blue 

wool shorts, a white shirt and tennis shoes 

for gym classes. The 1945 specifications for 

graduation dresses, sent in a letter to 

parents from Miss Annie Allison, principal 

of the preparatory- department, wete very 

precise: "A long white dress of organdy, net, 

mousseline de soie, dotted swiss, eyelet 

pique, or marquisette, with some sleeves, 

and back not lower than eight inches below 

the neck line. This dress need not be expensive, as an elaborate one would be very inappropriate." 

Meals were served by waiters to round tables of eight in the dining room; each table had a teacher as hostess. Each 

boarding student was assigned to a table, where she was required to eat breakfast and lunch tor three weeks at a time; at 

the evening meal, girls could eat wherever they desired. Menus were planned according to a rotating schedule; girls could 

count on ham, potato salad and cinnamon rolls tor lunch on Wednesday. Day students, ot course, ate only lunch at school, 

usually in the tea room (known as Tea Hole) in the basement ot Pembroke Hall. Ward-Belmont alumnae have fond 

memories of tasty meals that included special favorites such as tresh fruit salad with cheese balls for lunch; roast turkey 

and dressing on festive days; and freshly-baked sweet rolls, gingerbread and rolls with cherry preserves. One alumna recalls 

gaining 10 pounds during her first semester, and the little 
cookbook Ward-Belmont Specials was in great demand. 

On Sundays, church attendance was compulsory; girls 
could attend any church ot their choice but had to be 
accompanied by at least one other girl. Vesper services, 
usually led by the girls, were held on Sunday evenings, 
outdoors when weather permitted. 

Most of the social life and athletic competition 
took place among the clubs, ten tor hoarding students 
and four for day students. After a rushing period in the 
first weeks of school, every student became a member of 
a club. The names of the boarding students' clubs — 
Agora, Del Vers, AK, FF, Osiron, Penta Tau, Anti 
Pandora, XL, Tri K, and TCC — are somewhat 
mysterious, and their significance seems to have been 
forgotten. Clubs sponsored teas, dances, open houses, 
day trips, volunteer activities, skits and other entertainments. Each club fielded a team in every sport, and competing for 
academic and citizenship awards were important elements of club life. The 10 club houses that made up Club Village were 
clustered around the famous old tower at the south end of the campus. Each house had a spacious living room with a large 
open fireplace, a music room, a game room, balcony and kitchen, and was fully equipped tor activities and entertaining. 

Sports were popular at Ward-Belmont; a catalog states that many girls who had never enjoyed athletics became so 
enthusiastic that their schedules included more than the required hours. The fall season opened with tennis and hockey, 
followed by basketball, bowling and posture classes in the winter. Spring sports included baseball, golt, track, tennis and 
archery. Dancing, riding and swimming were popular throughout the year. The physical education building had a 
gymnasium, a dance studio, bowling alleys and a swimming pool. One requirement for graduation was to be able to swim 
the length ot the pool. Outdoor activities took place on two athletic fields, tennis courts and a riding ring. The school 
owned a stable of horses and offered instruction in horsemanship and road rides. "My favorite place was the stables and 
the riding ring ... I had always ridden western style being from Texas, but Miss Carling taught me Eastern Equitation. I 
must have been pretty good because she sent me to show 'Little Jack' in a Nashville Horse Show and allowed me to ride 
in a real fox hunt across the beautiful Tennessee countryside," remembers Emily Lou Phillips Whitridge (W-B '32). 

Dr. Leotus "Leo" Morrison (W-B '46) adds, "The philosophy of the department of physical education was influential 
in my thinking and I remembered the example of good, healthy competition and the educational potentials of that 


competition. I later went on to help develop sports opportunities, 
nationwide and in the Olympics, was president of AIAW — the group which 
started organized intercollegiate competition — and was involved in the 
development of local, regional and conference sports organizations." 

The lives of day students and hoarding students were necessarily quite 
different. The tour cluhs for day students — Angkor, Ariston, Triad and 
Eccowasin — had no houses hut met in the clubhouses of the boarding 
students. They also had fewer events, since these girls had ample 
opportunities for social lives away from the campus with their families and 
friends. There were even separate student governments for day and boarding 
students, since their rules and penalties were somewhat different. Everyone 
had classes together, of course, and day students had the opportunity to make 
friends with boarding students during classes and athletic competitions. 

Social events in all the clubs were for girls only, even dances, for which 
invitations were issued to members of the other clubs. Girls danced with one 
another, often with difficulty deciding who would lead. Only once a year 
were hoys invited to a dance at Ward-Belmont; this was a formal affair for all 
students and was held in the dining room. 


Local ladies who were considered to be suitable 
role models and to have good judgment served as 
"hostesses" or official chaperones for Ward- 
Belmont girls, and of course chaperones were 
required for train trips to and from school. These 
ladies, though remembered by the girls as rather 
severe, were not necessarily without humor. 
Sometimes a boarding student who was suspended 
from school for some infraction stayed with a 
chaperone for the period of her suspension if she 
lived too far away to go home. On one such 
occasion, when a girl was suspended for kissing a 
boy in the train station, the chaperone with whom 
she boarded felt that the punishment was excessive. 
Asked what she would have done if she had been 
on duty when the unsuitable display of affection 
occurred, the chaperone answered, "I wouldn't 
have seen it!" 

An article written by alumnae Sarah Bryan 
Benedict ('31), Sarah Ophelia Colley Cannon 
(Minnie Pearl) ('32) and Mary Elizabeth Cayce 
('26) described arranging for a date on the 
cloistered campus as similar "in process to getting 
behind the iron curtain." After a girl's family 
provided written permission for her to see a certain 
young gentleman, the home department issued a 
pink permission slip to the girl. The gentleman 
called at Acklen Hall and gave his name to the 
distinguished butler, Whitaker, who invited the 
caller in with pomp and dignity, reported his arrival 
to the home department and summoned the young 
lady to the reception rooms. According to the 
authors, "One wonders if this procedure was worth 
a two-hour visit in a Victorian parlor equipped with 
full-length mirrors at strategic points, hard horse- 
hair sofas, and a gliding chaperone who somehow 
floated through the rooms continually making her 
presence known by clearing her throat!" 



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Boarding students could not leave the campus without permission from both home and school authorities. When they 
did leave campus, it was in groups, almost always with chaperones. Rules were relaxed in the 1930s to permit girls to go 
into town on the streetcar, provided there were at least two girls together. Previously, trips to town were permitted only 
in taxis and only with a chaperone; girls tried to persuade their favorite teachers to go along as chaperones. "I remember 
leaving campus on Saturdays, complete with white gloves, and riding in the rain in cabs. After an afternoon of shopping 
downtown the last place we went was to Candyland for a luscious chocolate soda or sundae dripping with thick 
marshmallow sauce on chocolate ice cream," says Mary Ireland Fishback (W-B '39). Nashville residents easily recognized 
Ward-Belmont girls, who were well-known tor their highly respectable attire and impeccable manners. 

Holidays were celebrated in fine style. The traditional Thanksgiving dinner included roast turkey, chestnut dressing, 
cranberry sauce, candied yams, Brussels sprouts and plum pudding. A Halloween dinner featured such delicacies as 
Forbidden Fruit, Ancestors' Eyeballs, Frozen Faces, Ghosts' Sticks and Satan's Delight. Each month there was a formal 
birthday dinner served on special birthday china for all girls celebrating birthdays that month. A highlight of the year was 
the Christmas party with an exuberant program presented by the servants. A fund collected by the girls and matched by 

the school was divided among the servants. To express 
their appreciation for the gift, the servants put on a 
program the night before school adjourned tor 
Christmas vacation. After dinner, the performing 
group came on stage in their white aprons and black 
uniforms, with "Cook" in his chef's hat. Together they 
wi mid sing and recite a program of Christmas joy. The 
stars were always "Willie the Baker" Blackman, 
master of ceremonies, and Maggie Majors, a dorm 
maid who recited "Curfew Shall Not Ring Tonight." 
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The annual George Washington Birthday Celebration was another special event at Ward-Belmont in which students 
assumed the roles of Colonial dames and gentlemen, dancing the minuet tor "George" and "Martha." [See Chapter Two.] 

Perhaps the most elaborate ceremony was the annual coronation of the May Queen, which took place on the lawn of 
the main quadrangle. Heralds announced the coming of the procession, led by girls bearing maypoles, which they placed 
at one side of the court. Bright streamers made a colorful 
background for the court dancers, who entered in procession. 
Everyone danced except the seniors, who entered last, gowned as 
ladies of the court. They formed a row on either side of the path 
leading to the throne to await the coming of the queen. The queen 
arrived in a horse-drawn carriage, attended by the College Maid 
and the Prep Maid. All students except seniors took one class a 
week in dance or directed exercise; the May Day program was a 
demonstration of the dance classes. In addition to the traditional 
Maypole Dance, dances included ballet, waltz, country reel 
and marching. 

An especially exciting event was the visit of President and 
Mrs. Roosevelt to the Ward-Belmont campus on November 17, 
1934- Classes were suspended, and all the students, from the 
elementary school to the seniors, lined up single file around the 
circle, all dressed in white. Mary Lalla Byrn Turner (W-B '35), who 
was a senior, recalls being told to stand next to the girls with whom 
she would be most proud to be seen by the president. As the 
presidential party entered the campus, the bells of the alumnae May Day Procession 

carillon played "Hail to the Chief." It was reported later that President Roosevelt said that the loveliest sight he had seen 
on his entire trip was the Ward-Belmont campus with the white-clad girls lined along the drive. 

May Day 1942 

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From the perspective of 50 years later, it is initially very difficult to understand what happened to Ward-Belmont. 
Reading the news stories of 1951 raises many questions. Why would the hoard ot a respected school turn its hack on the 
school's excellent reputation and sell the extensive, well-equipped campus for a traction of its value, especially when 
alumnae and friends were willing and ahle to raise an equivalent amount of money? Who stood to henefit from the 
transaction? What did the hoard helieve would happen to the school after the sale ot the property? 

From the time of its founding until 1948, Ward-Belmont, like its predecessor institutions, was owned by stockholders. 
This form of ownership was not uncommon early in the twentieth century, when educators frequently estahlished schools 
that they intended to run as profitable enterprises, much like any other business. During the Depression years, enrollment 
at Ward-Belmont declined, as it did at virtually all private schools; in the 1940s, there were approximately 600 students, 
down from a peak ot more than 1,200 in the 1920s. Bank debts were incurred because income from tuition did not cover 
expenses. As a privately-owned institution, the school could not solicit aid from any educational foundation or establish 
an endowment fund to which alumnae could contribute. 


Asked for memories of Ward-Belmont, Jeanne 
Gibson Bond (W-B '37) says, "There was such a 
feeling of 'belonging' — from the classes to the 
clubs, to the gym, to the extra-curricular activities, 
to the wonderful individual friendships — such a 
close camaraderie. It was truly one of the most 
meaningful experiences of my 81 years." Susan 
Winters Edwards (W-B '51) adds, "Attending an 
all-female school allowed us to hold offices, to plan 
and execute events, to participate in sports and to 
develop as much in an all-male world as we could. 
In those days, 1 believe a coed school would have 
meant mostly male class officers, etc., thus not 
permitting our responsible natures to grow." 

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Although life of Ward-Belmont students centered on the campus, they were by no means 
isolated from the world at large, especially during the two world wars. The 1918 Milestone's 
reported, "It would he strange if the fighting in France and the raising of a great army in 
America made no difference in our school life. Many of the girls spent part of theit vacation 
making surgical dressings or helping in Red Cross membership drives and they were ready to 
respond to every appeal for service. Just before Christmas everybody began knitting. A few 
absent-minded girls ventured to class-rooms with knitting needles but no note-book. The 
lack of encouragement in this course may have caused its sudden 
abandonment. Even without the time lost to knitting by this 
insistence on the ordinary duties of the class-room, four 
hundred sweaters were sent." 

Miss Morrison devised and planned a celebration to 
honor Colonel Luke Lea and the Tennesse troops he 
commanded when the World War I armistice was signed. 
Ward-Belmont girls formed a crepe paper replica of the 
American flag at the state Capitol. 

When war was declared alter the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, Dr. Provine called 

all the students to the auditorium to hear Mr. Roosevelt's speech on the radio. Some of the art students went 

to Union Station to sketch soldiets who were coming in and out. During the war some girls formed a group called TOPS 

(Training Offered for Patriotic Service). "We met for drill before breakfast three times a week and collected tinfoil, paper, 

cellophane and did othet patriotic tasks. I remember being in a Softball game in Club Village when we heard that Roosevelt had died and the TOPS 

put on a memorial parade in his honor," recalls Dr. Leotus "Leo" Morrison (W-B '46). 

In 1948 Ward-Belmont was changed to a not-for-profit institution; in fact, there had been no profit for a number of 
years. This change was made for tax reasons and to meet the requirements of the Southern Association of Colleges and 
Secondary Schools. At that time the stockholders accepted bonds in payment for their stock, and the same board of 
directors that had represented the proprietary interests agreed to continue to serve until "a more suitable board" could be 
appointed. The members of this board were Dr. Robert Provine, president of Ward-Belmont; Brownlee O. Currey, 
president of Equitable Securities Corporation; L. M. Townsend, an officer of the Bank of New York and Trust Company; 
Warner McNeilly, president of the Nashville Trust Company; J. W Miller, vice president of the First American National 
Bank; and Laurence B. Howard, a Nashville attorney. 


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By late 1950, the bond holders and the bank began to press for immediate payment of the debt. In addition, the 
Southern Education Association stipulated that every school under its jurisdiction must have an endowment sufficient to 
earn income of $17,500. Based on yields of about two percent on government bonds at the time, this would have required 
an endowment of $875,000. 

Perhaps skeptical about the school's ability to establish such an endowment, or perhaps unwilling to make the 
necessary effort to raise a large sum of money, the board began to seek financial help from an institution willing and able 
to assume the school's indebtedness. They did not inform the alumnae or faculty of the school's financial situation, and 
no attempt was made to raise funds from alumnae or others. 

In fact, the administration demonstrated little interest in maintaining contact with alumnae. In 1950, Mary Ann 
Moore, the new alumnae secretary on the Ward-Belmont staff, attended a seminar for people in similar positions at other 
private schools. When she returned, a member of the administration asked if the meeting had been worthwhile. Her 
answer was that it was very worthwhile and that she had heard again that it was very important to keep an up-to-date file 
ot alumnae and to institute a program of alumnae giving. The administrator's comment was that giving did not apply in 
Ward-Belmont's situation. It is possible that negotiations were already in progress to change the school's ownership. 

Apparently fearful that the school's reputation would be jeopardized if the potential accreditation problem were made 
public, the board quietly approached Vanderbilt, Peabody and several church organizations about taking over the school. 
Their efforts were unsuccessful until they contacted the Tennessee Baptist Convention. 

At the time the Tennessee Baptist Convention was 
preparing to spend about $750,000 to erect an office 
building in Nashville to serve as state headquarters. 
When this group learned that the Ward-Belmont 
property was available, they recognized an attractive 
opportunity. On February 15, 1951, Ward- Belmont's 
board of directors transferred ownership ot the school to 
the Tennessee Baptist Convention. The Convention 



If there is any doubt that Ward-Belmont held a unique place in the hearts of its alumnae, that douht would be dispelled by the wildly successful 
reunion held in 1968, 17 years after the school closed. Inspired by enjoyable gatherings that several Ward-Belmont classes had held, a few alumnae 
began to discuss the possibility of an all-school Ward-Belmont reunion in early 1968. The organizing committee — Sarah Bryan Benedict, Mary 
Elizabeth Cayce, Virginia Brown Moughon, Sarah Ophelia Colley Oannon (Minnie Pearl), Patty Chadwell, Jane Chadwell Delony and Virginia Smith 
Keathley, plus Rose Toney Hill as out-of-town chairman — thought that they might be able to gather at most 200 to 300 alumnae, and they decided 
it would be worth the effort. 

Since alumnae lists were not relinquished when the school was sold, and there was no money for 
publicity, initial information about the event was mainly by word of mouth, transmitted by letter or 
telephone from friend to friend. After Virginia Keathley arranged for news of the reunion to be 
disseminated by the Associated Press, an astonishing number of responses began to come in from all 
over the country. Almost 900 alumnae from 37 states gathered in Nashville in March 1968 to reminisce, 
dance around the Maypole and participate in a gym class led by Miss Morrison. The president of Belmont 
College invited the alumnae for tea on the familiar old campus, and many Ward-Belmont alumnae first 
saw Harpeth Hall when Sarah Cannon (Minnie Pearl) hosted a fried chicken lunch there. The 
gathering became so large that the final banquet had to be moved from Belle Meade Club to the National 
Guard Armory. 

Describing the reunion in her book Gilly Goes to Ward-Belmont, Gilbertine Moore (W-B '35) wrote, 

"Ward-Belmont was more than a place — it was a feeling, an experience, an emotion, an ideal, a tradition. 

It is for these reasons that it lives today in the hearts of thousands ot alumnae atound the world." Today, 

Miss Moore notes that Ward-Belmont was one of the five most influential experiences in her life. Those feelings led her to write her charming book, 

which provides a glimpse into the life of a young woman in the 1940s at Ward-Belmont. 

assumed the debt, which totaled approximately $600,000. The value of the real estate, buildings, furnishings and 
equipment was estimated at $4 to $5 million. 

The former Ward-Belmont board of trustees apparently believed that the new trustees would continue Watd-Belmont 
with "only such modifications as would make it conform to the Baptist system of education." Latet it was revealed that 
these modifications called for the transfer of the College of Arts and Sciences of Cumberland University in Lebanon, 
Tennessee, to the Ward-Belmont campus. The college would therefore become coeducational, and it was unclear whether 
the preparatory school would continue at all. In addition, the Baptist group made plans to move their state offices to the 
campus. It soon became apparent that the group had the right to rent the school property for income purposes, even to 
the point of discontinuing the school if they so wished. 



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Faculty, students, alumnae and friends learned of these developments from reports in the Nashville newspapers on 
February 28 and subsequent dates. The initial reaction was shock and disbelief. Soon alumnae and others who cared 
deeply about the loss of the school began to say, "Let's see what we can do about it." 

On March 9, a group ot alumnae and Nashville business people began working on two fronts: to raise money sufficient 
to regain control ot the school and to negotiate with the Tennessee Baptist Convention. 

Letters and pledge cards were sent out to alumnae and friends, local merchants were solicited, and Catherine 
Morrison, Ward-Belmont's popular athletic director, was sent to Texas to personally solicit contributions from the many 
wealthy alumnae there. The goal was $1 million, a sum that was believed to be adequate to persuade the Baptists to 
sell the property back to those who wanted to maintain Ward-Belmont. Alumnae and local business people responded 
quickly and positively. One alumna from Texas wrote, "We could have raised more than that just from Texas, if we had 
only known." 

It was quickly determined that no legal means were available to reverse the transaction; the hope was that the buyers' 
group could be persuaded to see the situation from the point ot view ot those who loved the school and considered it 
important to the community. 

Shortly after the announcement of the school's transfer to the Tennessee Baptist Convention, the alumnae secretary 
and a representative of the Nashville Ward-Belmont Alumnae Association met with Dr. Charles W. Pope, executive 
secretary of the Tennessee Baptist Convention, to express the wish of the alumnae to retain Ward-Belmont as a 

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girls' school with its traditions and academic standing. Several further attempts were made to negotiate with Dr. Pope and 
with members of his executive hoard. 

A group of Nashville alumnae began a highly organized letter-writing campaign to contact all the members of the 
Tennessee Baptist Convention to urge them to return Ward-Belmont to those who wanted to save the school. Alumnae 
and friends throughout the state contacted the individuals they knew personally, in the hope of exerting the greatest 
possible influence. 

The Convention unfortunately refused to consider returning the property they had acquired at such a bargain. 
Their only commitment was to continue the school as it was for the remaining months oi the 1951 school year. By 
late Match, it was clear that Ward-Belmont would cease to exist. "Being in 
the last graduating class for the high school was a very touching and 
emotional time for all of us," says Susan Thomas Castnet (W-B '51). "The 
last days at Ward-Belmont were so traumatic," recalls a faculty membet. "All 
the teachers and students suffered through that last beautiful spring." 
Another teacher recalled Mrs. Souby at the last May Day celebration with 
tears streaming down her cheeks. 

Graduation 1940 


A letter from the mother of a student in Ward- 
Belmont's last days expressed the sentiments of many: 

"Everybody is shocked to know of the ending 
of beautiful Ward-Belmont school. Ward-Belmont 
has had a distinctive atmosphere and a style of 
living and culture which has set it apart from other 
schools, it has had as a heritage something fine and 
genteel. The interpretation of culture as pioneered 
by Miss Heron has survived through the years as a 
reservoir of refinement and cultural ideals which 
have been imparted to the generations of young 
women who have been so fortunate as to be pupils 
of this fine school. 

"To stand, as thousands have done, on the 
campus looking at the beautiful magnolias and 
listening to the mocking birds, makes one realize 
that here at least one is in the Old South; and when 
one enters Acklen Hall there is always a feeling of 
peace and great calm! The whole school has 
embodied graciousness and charm and has been a 
splendid example of a passing era, made livable in 
the ideals of today!" 




hope of saving Ward-Belmont faded, 
Nashville leaders concerned about educa- 
tion for girls began to take action. 
Motivated by a sense of urgency to continue 
quality education for girls in the com- 
munity, a small and very dedicated group of 
volunteers worked with amazing speed to 

found a new school. 

Dr. Daugh W Smith and Mr. and Mrs. 
Foskett Brown together decided to call a 
meeting of people interested in preserving 

the academic standards and traditions of 

Ward-Belmont. The first organizational 

meeting was held on March 17, 1951, 
ironically in Acklen Hall of the school that 
had recently been lost. 

In the course of the organizational 
meetings, attorney William Waller emerged 
as a key figure. Explaining how he became 
the first board chair, Mr. Waller modestly 


cited the need of the founding group 
for legal services "to obtain a 
corporate charter, look after the legal 
details of property acquisition, 
zoning matters, and so on." 

Horace G. Hill, Jr., a long-time 
supporter of George Peabody College 
for Teachers, and Edith Caldwell 
Hill, a cousin of Miss Annie C. 
Allison, beloved principal of the 
high school department of Ward- 
Belmont, showed keen interest from 
the start. Besides their philosophical 
support of education for girls, the 
George Bullards and the Fred 

Russells had the more immediate 

need of education for their daughters. 

At a meeting on Easter Sunday, 
the founding group concluded that 
they could establish a new school 
provided Mrs. Susan Souby, the head of the high school department 
at Ward-Belmont, would agree to serve as head. When it became 
known that Peabody had offered Mrs. Souby an excellent position, a 
delegation promptly called on her. She confirmed that she was 
considering the offer from Peabody and expressed interest in the 
concept of creating a new school. As she evaluated her options, she 
was keenly aware of the substantial challenge involved in heading a 
new school, especially at age 60, when many people are considering 
retirement. One of her first steps was to undergo a complete physical 
examination. Assured that her health was good, she agreed to head 
the new school. 

Finding a location for the new school became an immediate 
necessity. After considering several pieces of real estate, the group 
decided to purchase the P. M. Estes estate at the intersection of 
Hobbs Road and Estes Avenue. The central location of this 
impressive home and its spacious grounds were the deciding factors. 
The price tor the 26 acres and the residence was $75,582. A 
commitment was made to purchase the property in early May, and 
the estate was officially acquired on July 1, 1951. 

Individuals volunteered to chair the committees on which their 
interests and skills would be of greatest value. Active fund raising was 

Dr. Daugh W. Smith 

launched immediately, led by George Bullard and Helen Bransford. 
The building committee appointed Hank Ingram as chairman to make 
improvements, additions and alterations to the property, with William 
Waller, Kermit Stengel and Mary Elizabeth Cayce (W-B 76) as 
assistants. The estimated cost to remodel the existing house turned 
out to be much greater than anticipated. The building committee 
therefore decided to leave the house as it was except for the addition 
of fire escapes and enclosing the southwest porch to provide a lunch 
room. Rather than providing for additional classrooms in the original 
house, plans were drawn tor Little Harpeth, a new building with six 
classrooms, which could provide more space at a lower cost. 

The architectural firm selected was Tisdale and Tisdale; financing 
of $125,000 was obtained through the National Life and Accident 
Insurance Company. Ground was broken for the new building by the 


The original charter members of Harpeth Hall 
were Foskett Brown, O.H. Ingram, Fred Russell, 
Daugh Smith and William Waller. The school was 
incorporated in May 1951 with Mr. 
Waller as chairman. 

Members of the first 

board of trustees, many of 

whom were instrumental 


in founding the school, 

were: Mr. William Waller, 

president, Mrs. Marvin K. 

Barry, Mrs. John Bransford, 

Mr. George Bullard, Mr. S. W. 

Berger, Jr., Mrs. Foskett Brown, William Waller 

Miss Edith Caldwell, Miss Mary 

Elizabeth Cayce, Mrs. Douglas Henry, Mr. H. G. 

Hill, Mrs. James W. Hofstead, Mr. O. H. Ingram, 

Mrs. Ralph Owen, Mrs. Fred Russell, Dr. Daugh 

Smith, Mrs. Kermit Stengel and Mrs. Lem Stevens. 

end of July, with completion planned tor soon after the opening ot 

school. Little Harpeth was designed as a wing of the proposed auditorium/gymnasium building, but further construction 
would have to wait until additional funds could be raised. By the end of July, work had begun on the athletic field, tennis 
courts and the back driveway with the exit on Esteswood Avenue. 

I was asked to take the post by some very lovely and charming 

ladies — among them: Dud Brown, Hortense Ingram, Ellen Hofstead, 

Mary Elizabeth Cayce, Edith Caldwell, Kay Russell and Helen Bransford. 

Some men might be able to turn such ladies down, but not 1. 

M31 powers of resistance were totally inadequate. — William Waller 

One task at hand was the selection of a name for the new school. An early settler in Middle Tennessee had given the 
name of Harpeth to the sloping hills and little river valley to the south of the campus. Focusing on this geographical 
position, Miss Cayce suggested the name of Harpeth Hall. 

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Mrs. Souby asked selected members ot her Ward-Belmont faculty to give thought to continuing their teaching careers 
by joining her at Harpeth Hall. Assured that the new institution would be a college preparatory school in the tradition to 
which they were accustomed, and with tremendous confidence in Mrs. Souby, the faculty members responded positively. 
Patty Chadwell, a Ward-Belmont alumna and one of the original faculty members, said, "We were not told what we would 
be making. There were no contracts. It was all by word ot mouth — no firm commitments at first. But I never had any 
doubts about the success of the new school. I never thought of not going, once they asked me." 

On July 25, a letter went out to friends and parents of prospective students. Describing the school, it stated, "The 
purpose ot Harpeth Hall is to help each student find in school the challenge ot high intellectual aims, which will inspire 
her own best development. Special emphasis will be laid on thoroughness and serious interest in studies, on self control 
and consideration tor others, and on the exercise ot individual responsibility in all school activities." Parents were invited 
to return the application form with a deposit of $25 toward the first year's tuition ot $400. 

The response from parents tit potential students was enthusiastic. The original plan had been to hold enrollment to 
150 students tor the first year. In order to accept all former Ward-Belmont students who wanted to continue their 
education in a similar environment, enrollment was increased to lol. "There was a lot of uncertainty, but telief, when we 
found we would have a school that was to be on the Estes estate and would have the same headmistress — Susan S. 
Souby — and many of the same teachers," noted Nancy Anne Holt Garver ('52). 

Members of the community gave furniture and books, and faculty members donated theit own books. Chairs were 
purchased from a restaurant that was going out of business. Miscellaneous items of all softs turned up on the campus, and 
some use was found tor anything that was ottered. Miss Morrison gave each day student who was transferring to Harpeth 
Hall a hockey stick and a few costumes. Other items from Ward-Belmont mysteriously appeared on the campus. 


Margaret Ottarson Lucie Fountain Ella Puryear Mirns Lenora Litkenho 




Billie Kuykendall Mary Rasmussen Martha Gregory 




Vera Brooks 

Sophronia Eggleston Patty Chadwell 

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"Mrs. Mann never sat still in algebra class. One day after 
no one could give the answer to whether the number in 
question should be 'plus or minus,' she ran around the room 
putting the correct answer on every 1 chalk board, then jumped 
in the trash can. 'You girls upset me so, I'm just going to throw 
myself away!'" — Chloe Fort Lenderman ('58) 

"Miss Penny impacted my lite at this wonderful age, and I 
found Science through her humor and zest for living. She had 
gorgeous long, red hair and I admired her greatly — and went 
on to Vanderbilt University School of Nursing and practiced 
my profession for 30 years." — Sandy Travis Collier ('52) 

"When I returned to school after my father died, two 
guardian angels beckoned gently to me. Penny Mountfort and 
Pat Moran carried me through many a bleak day that year and 
the next. To both of these wonderful, kind women and 
mentors, my eternal gratitude." — Kathy Starr Kaiser ('58) 

A late July letter from Mr. Waller and Mrs. Souhy concludes 
with a major understatement: "The successful launching of the 
school in so short a period of time is due to the fine cooperation of 
all concerned." It is almost unhehevahle that in just four months a 
hoard and faculty were formed, funds to hegin operation were 
secured, property was acquired, remodeling and new construction 
had hegun, and 161 girls had enrolled. The amazing dedication, 
energy and cooperation of Harpeth Hall's founders serve as an 
inspiration to all who have benefited from their efforts. The title 
of Louise Douglas Morrison's (W-B 36) hook about the founding 
of Harpeth Hall — A Voyage of Faith — is truly appropriate. 

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September 17, 1951, was the first day at Harpeth Hall. "We were all huddled together until November," is the way 
Business Manager Lucile McLean described Harpeth Hall's space situation in its opening months. When 161 students, 
15 faculty and three administrative staff members gathered tor the first time 
at their new school, only two buildings were available tor all classes and 
activities: the white brick home, now Souby Hall, and the small utility 
building which became the Senior House. 

Perhaps it was because the campus lay in the heart of a residential 
neighborhood and had been designed with the grace of a family's home, 
rather than on a convenient busy thoroughfare, in a building with antiseptic 
linoleum floors and walls of concrete block, that the students so quickly 
learned to treat it with respect and pride. Souby Hall, with its black and 
white marble foyer, spiral staircase, chandeliers and red carpet, and the 


several tile and marble bathrooms off the upstairs 
bedrooms/classrooms tended to project the feeling of 
homey embtace as the students took their seats for their 
classes. The privacy of the campus and intimacy of the 
small classrooms with their large windows filled with 
sunlight produced a sheltering effect for the student. 

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A bit ot resourcefulness and creativity were required in utilizing a house 
as a new school. Ruth Mann's math classes sat around the kitchen work 
table with pots and pans still hanging from a rack overhead. The science 
class was located next to the main office near the south porch windows in 
order to get enough light for the microscopes to work. Fireplaces were 
abundant, welcoming Mary Rasmussen's English students upstairs and 
Margaret (Pat) Ottarson's Latin students in the sunporch downstairs. A 
third fireplace was in the front parlor which became the first library and 
study hall (now the Ward-Belmont Room). Kay Baker Gaston ('58) 

remembers, "The library was the most welcoming room in the school. Mrs. Rasmussen's reading list was choice, the world's 
best books. I think I have finally read them all. What a discriminating reader she was!" 

A few desks set up in the basement (which Roberta "Ro" Wikle named the Mole Run) became a small make-do study 
hall. Even after there was study space elsewhere, the ping-pong table and the first lockers remained in these two rooms at 
the bottom ot the basement stairs. 

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On opening day Harpeth Hall had no cafeteria, no uniforms and no gymnasium or athletic field. A large hell hung 
between Souhy Hall and the Senior House and was rung by Miss Wikle to indicate period changes. It was given to the 
school by Mrs. John Early, mother of board member Mrs. Fred Russell and grandmother of students Kay Russell Beasley 
('52), Ellen Russell Sadler ('55), Carolyn Russell ('64) and Lee Russell Brown ('60). 

Students stayed only half the day and brought food from home for the one short break in an accelerated schedule. 
Sandy Travis Collier ('52) describes the attire: "We wore dirty saddle oxfords (never polished) and white ankle socks with 
lace on them. We wore our fathers' white button-down collar dress shirts tied in a knot in the front." 

Patty Chadwell, "Miss Patty," did not let lack of equipment or a building deter her from insisting on physical education 
for everyone. During the summer, she had spent a lot of time looking for two trees the right distance apart to tie up a 
volleyball net. A local sporting goods company let her search their attic for outdated balls and nets. In addition to 
volleyball and ping pong, Miss Patty had her students practice carrying a hockey stick correctly while jogging up and down 
the hill. Classes marched in formation. At the command, "Dress right," a straight line was to be formed and attendance 
recorded. Students called out their number or were marked absent. Miss Patty also recruited Patsy Neblett Moran (W-B 
'41) as a volunteer assistant who remained enthusiastic enough to join the faculty after finishing college to teach and 
coach until 1996. 

BidlarJ Uvm 1954 

"Dress, Right" 

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For Patty Litton Chadvvell, the fountain ot youth has surely been her association with 
Harpeth Hall. For halt a century "Miss Patty" — as she is widely and lovingly known — has been 
involved with the school, from its founding to the present. This distinction is hers alone and one 
of which she is very proud. 

Born in Nashville on June 9, 1915, "Miss Patty" grew up on a farm off Gallatin Road where 
she lived in her great-grandfather Isaac Litton's home along with her parents and sister. It was 
there that she began her lifelong love of tennis when she and her cousins built a tennis court in 
a pasture. 

Miss Patty graduated from Ward-Belmonr Junior College in 1935 and later received a 
Masters Degree in Physical Education at Peabody College (now a part of Vanderbilt University). 
Her love of Ward-Belmont drew her back to her alma mater where she taught physical educatii in 
for six years before joining Harpeth Hall with Mrs. Souby in 1951. 

After 30 years as head of the physical education department and teacher of a variety of sports, 

she retired in 1981. However, hardly a week goes by that she is not at Harpeth Hall for some 

reason. The physical education department that Miss Patty began halt a century ago has grown 

exponenrially. She now marvels at the growth from the time when tennis was the only team sport offered at Harpeth Hall to the present, when two 

gyms are hardly enough space to offer physical education classes and team sports. 

Of all the changes that Miss Patty has seen in the 50 years of growth and development at Harpeth Hall, one element remains constant: the 
overwhelming gratification that she has received by teaching and being involved with the "girls." In a fitting tribute to her, there is now a statewide 
tennis tournament for high school teams, the Patty Chadvvell Invitational, and the upper tennis courts are named in her honor. She has represented 
dignity and grace to generations of "girls," and it is this that has carried her through her active life. 

At Commencement on May 29, 2000, Miss Patty was honored with the Dede Bullard Wallace Award. This award is occasionally given to honor 
persons who have made an outstanding contribution to the school. After the thrill and surprise of receiving this award, Miss Patty was asked, "How 
did you happen to be there (at Commencement)?" Her reply was, "I didn't happen to be there, I am always there." 

Little Harpeth, the new academic building, was completed in November, providing a science lab and classrooms for 
languages, math, history and art. English classes remained upstairs in Souby Hall and there was now space tor offices 
downstairs, a faculty room, a kitchen for food preparation and a combination study hall/lunchroom/auditorium for the 
regular weekly school assemblies. It was two rooms actually, so that speakers were forced to stand in a doorway between 
the two and look first one way and then the other to make eye contact with the audience. 


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Although the faculty enjoyed the lunches during those early years, Miss Patty remembers that the students "wouldn't 
touch the food." Language teacher Ella Puryear Mims recalls spinach with hardboiled eggs and other delicious dishes. 
Students, however, quickly dismissed the plate lunches with mushrooms and almonds, pimento cheese or carrot sandwiches. 

With expanded space, the school schedule settled into a more normal routine — academic classes until three o'clock 
with a break for lunch and club sports afterwards. Every student carried a four-course academic load and regular gym classes 
at least three times a week. 


The students at Ward-Belmont were originally divided into two groups, the Panthers and the Regulars, for sports competition. By 1922, there 
were enough girls that two more groups were added, the Olympians and the Athenians. Each of these groups included day and hoarding students, high 
school and college. 

In the meantime, 10 social cluhs had been established for boarders. These clubs, which hosted dances, day trips and other events, were the center 
of social life for boarding students. When these clubs began competing in athletics, two groups were formed for day students: the Di Gammas and the 
Betas. This arrangement did not work very well because the day students always won everything. Many of the day students attended Ward-Belmont 
for six years, while most of the boarders were there for just two years. Many of the boarders had come from small towns, where they had had little 
opportunity to swim or play tennis, and most had never heard of hockey. The boarders suggested that the day students should be divided into four 
groups to even the competition. 

By 1927, it was decided to establish four clubs for the day students. A girl was chosen from the second year college class to organize and lead each 
group. Each of these leaders chose five girls to form the nucleus of her group: a freshman, sophomore, junior, junior middle (fourth year high school), 
and senior middle (first year college). Four colors were chosen, and each group drew a number and by its number chose red, blue, yellow or green. 
Then each group selected a teacher as sponsor. 

With Mary Elizabeth Cayce (W-B '26) as their leader, the blue group chose the name of the ancient Cambodian city Angkor Wat. This beautiful 
city was considered the eighth wonder of the world, and the Angkors intended to be another wonder. Emma Elizabeth Green Bogle (W-B '26) and 
her yellow group chose the name Ariston, a name they derived from the Greek word aristokratia, which means "rule by the best." The third color 
drawn was red, so the red group called themselves the Triads, drawing on the Latin word for "three." Their leader was Dibbie Barthell Vaughn (W-B 
'28 ), who later moved to New York and became a blues singer on the radio. The green group selected the Native American name Eccowasin, which 
meant "be all and give all." Their leader was Mary Brandon Spivey (W-B '28) from Springfield, Tennessee. 

The next step was a week-long period of rush to choose members for each club; the process was essentially the same as that used by the boarding 
students' clubs. At the end of the week, each group turned in a preferential list and each girl put down her choices in order. Then a matching process 
took place. No girl was left out, and no one knew whether she had been on a preferential list or not. 

In the fall of 1945, college day students were incorporated into the 10 clubs that had previously been all boarders. This left the Angkors, Arisrons, 
Triads and Eccowasins as groups of high school day students. When these four clubs were transferred to Harpeth Hall, it was decided that drawing 
names for members would replace rushing. Any girl whose sister, mother or grandmother had been in a club could request to be in the same one. 


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Some students chose to add art classes or glee club, and everyone held 
membership in one of the four school clubs: Angkor, Ariston, Eccowasin 
or Triad. Outside the classroom, the four school clubs generated most of 
the action. Everyone belonged; everyone could participate in her own way. 
The clubs organized service projects, competed for the best grades, the 
most citizenship points and for the yearly athletic championship. Rivalry 
was enthusiastic with cheerleaders and many spectators at the after-school 
games. Varsity players were selected from the best among all the club 
teams. The girl named the outstanding athlete had participated in the 

most sports and won more points either individually or by her team's performance. 

There were special interest clubs in languages, science, att and music as well as Penstaff for creative writing. Some 

extras were not optional. Freshmen came one morning a week before classes began for word study and then for Bible (as 

literature) taught by Mrs. Souby. Sophomores had training in speech; juniors studied hygiene; and seniors learned first aid. 

By 1960 general science and economic geography had been added to the course offerings. 

Students elected seniors to the student council as their governing body. The first Milestones yearbook wrote that "they 

uphold the standards of the school." A specific duty was to assign penalties for infractions of school rules. Other leadership 

positions existed in classes, clubs and athletics, and this opportunity appealed to both past and potential Harpeth 

Hall students. 

Harpeth Hall was the best education I ever had, and I teach in 

college now. But more than the preparation, Harpeth Hall gave me the 

dignity of being a woman that was hard to find back then, either at 

home or in the world, and that sense of self carried me through 

and Still carries me. — Sharon Mayhall Rush ('60) 


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"Her door was always open to faculty members and students," is the way that Miss Mims described Susan S. Souby's 
school presence. She placed her office in a central location just off the large front hall near the main door, in the wood- 
paneled library quite appropriate for a school's leader. Her judgment was sound; the room remains the office of the head 
of school today. Lucile McLean, business manager, initially shared the room with Mrs. Souby, and, using her typewriter 
and the only telephone, did all the necessary buying, selling, collecting and disbursing so that Mrs. Souby could spend her 
time with students and faculty. 

Mrs. Souby preferred the title of director to either principal or headmistress, and the title well describes the way she 
translated her clear vision of young women's education into reality. Founding parents and board members were convinced 
that the proven Ward-Belmont educational experience could continue in this new setting and that Mrs. Souby would 
provide the leadership to make success possible. 

With a faculty in place, all but one of whom stayed throughout Harpeth Hall's crucial first decade, Mrs. Souby 
contacted the admissions officers of the many colleges and universities to which she had sent students in the past to inform 
them of her new situation. They all assured her that as long as she remained as the head of the school, her graduates would 
receive the same consideration as they had always. 

The matter of accreditation was a bit more complicated. Knowing that one of the requirements of the Southern 
Association of Colleges and Schools was a trained librarian, Mrs. Souby asked Martha Gregory to attend the School of 
Library Science at George Peabody College for Teachers to qualify for the position, even though she also was teaching 
freshman English. She acted as librarian for only a few years before returning to the classroom full-time. When she retired 
from teaching in 1983, she remained at Harpeth Hall, assisting Librarian Mary Lee Matthews Manier (W-B '42) on a part- 
time basis m the much larger Annie C. Allison Library. 

Other requirements involved submitting written reports to the Association about every aspect of the school's 
operation. The culminating event was a campus visit by the accrediting committee who, for three days, interviewed 
faculty and students, sat in on classes and generally watched the school in action. All the results were favorable and 
Harpeth Hall gained official accreditation in its very first year ot operation. 

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In a newspaper profile written in the midst of her tenure as headmistress, Mrs. Susan Souhy described Harpeth Hall as "a world of young women 
and I'll admit they're my living and my being." Of her job, Mrs. Souby went on to say: "I like the girls and that's the important thing about my job. 
I've spent so many years with them and watched them grow into young women that they have become my only life." 

Those who knew Mrs. Souby say her quotes accurately capture what Harpeth Hall meant to her and what she meant to the school. "She was a 

wonderful educator," remembers Frances H. Ewing, one of the 1 5 teachers who were at Harpeth 
Hall when it began. "Her first priority was that the teachers knew their subjects and her second 
was to know each teacher and each student personally. She was not just the headmistress, she 
was our friend." 

Mrs. Souby began her career as an English teacher at Ward-Belmont in 1924 shortly after 
the death of her husband, A.M. Souby. When Annie Allison retired as principal in 1945, Mrs. 
Souby took over. Following the demise of Ward-Belmont in the spring of 1951, Mrs. Souby 
agreed to become headmistress of Harperh Hall, which was chartered and operating by fall of the 
same year. 

"With the changeover from Ward-Belmont, steeped in its tradition, to Harpeth Hall, many 
Nashvillians wondered if the new school would last," Mrs. Souby told the newspaper reporter in 
1957. "Most people didn't express their doubts to me until the school was established, then I 
realized they had some misgivings." Some of those misgivings were probably eased by the fact 
that the new school became accredited a little more than a year after its opening, which, at the 
time, was a record for a private preparatory school. Mrs. Souby credited the faculty for its help. 
"I was fortunate to get 12 of my teachers from Ward-Belmont to come with me." 
Getting the school going took all of her time, Mrs. Souby admitted. "I have very little time outside the school," she said in the article. She did 
admit to two hobbies: collecting tecipes she never had time to use and gardening, which she satisfied by walking Harpeth Hall's campus. 

The one thing Mrs. Souby had time for was the students. She set the schedules for all students and spent a lot of time in her office and in study 
hall, working one-on-one with students. Hete's how the newspaper article described her relationship with her students: "Not only does Mrs. Souby 
help her girls with their studies, but she is often called upon to help them with their petsonal problems. Seldom does she leave the campus before late 
in the evening and many are the Saturdays and Sundays she has spent there attending to details that had to be left undone because her time had been 
consumed with one girl's problem. Her alert analysis of children has helped her to begin personally knowing each girl from the first day of fall classes." 
Mrs. Souby, who had two sons, Max and Edwatd, and generations of students at Ward-Belmont and Harpeth Hall, retired in 1963 and died the 
following year in 1964. 

In her retirement speech, language teacher Ella Puryear Mims put Mrs. Souby 's relationship to her faculty a little more simply: "You have given 
us the ideals by which we have taught." Miss Minis also said in het speech that she would not be a "true student" of Mrs. Souby 's if she didn't end her 
tribute with a few lines of English poetry. These lines, she said, perfectly captuted Mrs. Souby: 
The reason /inn, the temperate will, I Endurance, foresight, strength ami skill, 
A perfect woman, nobly planned, I To u'arn, to comfort and command; 
And yet a spirit still, and bright I With something of angelic light. 


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I still remember our white dresses, 

red roses , walking across the stage and 

the wonderment of being the first 

graduation class. — Dixie Gbver Heagy ('52) 

"I have the pleasure of addressing my first 
graduating class and my first group of alumnae at the 
same time," remarked Mrs. Souby on June 4, 1952. 
She spoke proudly to the graduates and the 
assembled guests, stating, "We shall pay our debt to 
the past by putting the future in debt to us" and 
reminding them that at "this time last year we did 
not even have a school." The class of 1952 managed 
in their one Harpeth Hall year to publish a yearbook, 
put on Shakespeare's As You Like It on the same 
outdoor stage from which they would receive their 
diplomas and raise money tor a class gitt — the piano 
which would accompany the graduation ceremony. "I 
always considered myself a Harpeth Hall graduate," 
says Mary Schlater Stumb ('53). She completed two 
years at Ward- Belmont but gives credit to the new- 
school tor "a terrific education, the desire to always 
keep learning, happy times then and now, and skills 
to help cope with difficult times." This sentiment is 
echoed by members of all three ot the transferring 
upper classes. They knew the rules; they knew what 
to expect in classes; they were the solid base on 
which to build the future. 


Many graduates chose to study at Vanderhilt University. 
About one-third started there, and others transferred after two 
years away from Nashville. Other acceptances included 
Harvard/Radclitte, Sweet Briar, Northwestern, Lindenwood 
College, Southern Methodist University, College of Wooster, 
Southwestern at Memphis (Rhodes College), Columbia 
University, Stephens College, Universities of Kentucky and 
Tennessee, Mary Baldwin and Agnes Scott. 

Additions to the school would continue in the following 

years — bigger buildings, new courses and teachers, more student activities and publications — but there was no doubt on 

that June evening that Harpeth Hall was firmly launched into the future. 

Although classes and teachers continued much as they had been 
previously at Ward-Belmont, some traditions changed to fit their new 
setting. "The Bells of Ward-Belmont" were no longer present at the 
corner of Hobbs and Estes; Harpeth Hall needed its own song to sing. 
Mrs. Gregory occasionally brought a guitar into her freshman English 
classroom and sang with them, especially when ballads were being 
studied. She included these treshmen as she began to compose a new 
alma mater. Lissa Luton Bradford ('5 5) recalled a discussion about 
school colors. "We insisted on magnolia green and silver gray, not just 
any ordinary green and gray. Mrs. Gregory led us to make suggestions 
about the words, but most of the real work was hers." 


O Harpeth Hall, O place beloved, 
Thy beauty crowns the hills: 
In strength and grace thy walls arise 
Above the woodland still. 
Our voices ring with happiness , 
Our hearts are filled with pride , 
As here each girl finds for herself 
The joys that will abide . 

So light of heart and free we pledge 

Allegiance through the years , 

As old girls with the new girls share 

The pleasure that endears . 

Thy standard from the hillside waves 

In dark magnolia green 

And of thy destiny so fair 

Proud privilege to sing! 


Joyce Crutcher Ward ('60), a Latin teacher since 1968, expanded on the magnolia image in a 1998 issue of the 
Hallwayi alumnae publication. She wrote that "the magnolia had for centuries in China symbolized the magnificence of 
womanhood, and in Victorian England and America, represented nobility of soul and purity of heart. In the dark days of 
the American Civil War, the flower came to stand for the strength, courage and beauty of southern women. For all these 
reasons, magnolia green is one of our school colors and why the Lady of the Hall and her court carry a single magnolia 
blossom at Step Singing." 

Designing an emblem to represent Harpeth Hall was undertaken by Mrs. Souby and Pat Ottarson, who taught Latin 
and was accomplished in several other ancient languages as well — even Sanskrit. They envisioned a seal in the school 
colors, a graphic design to serve as letterhead for school stationery and embroidered on banners and, later, printed on mugs 
and other gift items. And there would be a motto, some words significant to the Harpeth Hall experience. 

The finished design pictured a lamp of learning at the center in front of an open book encircled by the Latin phrase 
Mentem spiritumque tollamus, "Let us lift up the mind and the spirit." The burning flame of the ancient Greek lamp 
represents the wisdom of the past and illuminates the books that hold the ideas and knowledge, which continue to 
enhance both mind and spirit. 

Ward-Belmont's May Day was an elaborate festival at which all 
students performed dances to entertain the May Queen who arrived in a 
carnage drawn by a team of horses. Though Harpeth Hall had no horses, 
no carnage and no dance department in the early years, it was still 
appropriate to have a ceremony to honor the senior voted by the 
students to be most representative of the ideals of the school. 

The title for this outstanding young woman would now be Lady of 
the Hall rather than May Queen. In the spring of 1952, the sophomores, 


all of whom studied speech, performed a play. The long porch on the south side of Souby Hall was a perfect stage. Students 
selected from younger classes to he heralds announced the Lady of the Hall as she and her attendants plus a young crown 
bearer walked across the porch and down the steps onto the lawn. They took their seats in front of a large screen decorated 
by the junior class to create a pretty background. 

The background screen consisted of a chicken wire frame woven with Virginia creeper vine which grew on trees all 
over the campus. Mrs. Souby would put on her boots, gloves and hat and take her clippers to accompany the girls to be 
sure they knew the difference between Virginia creeper and poison ivy as they gathered the greenery. Later the screen was 
covered with green crepe paper and white napkins so it could be stored and used another year. 

In 1977, the program was revamped and moved to Sunday. Combined with Step Singing, the event then took place 
on the north side of Souby Hall. In 19S7, the ceremony was moved to the front of the library where graduation had been 
held since 1967. 

Step Singing was a long-established year-end event at 
Ward-Belmont. Seniors lined the three steps that spanned the 
front of the academic building, hence the name Step Singing, 
to sing the traditional songs a capella. At Harpeth Hall, the 
steps in front of Souby Hall became the first stage, and the 
daisy chain laid down on the lawn in front ot the singers to 
spell out the numbers ot the class year was originally made by 
students from wild field daisies. Also at Step Singing, the 
junior class is officially recognized as the new senior class and 
joins in reciting the pledge to the school, familiar to graduates 
of both Ward-Belmont and Harpeth Hall. 


We will respect and obey the school's laws and will do 
our best to incite a like respect in those around us who are 
prone to annul them or set them at naught. We will strive 
unceasingly to quicken our mutual sense of duty. Thus, in all 
these ways, we will transmit this school not less, but greater, 
better and more beautiful than it was transmitted to us. 



In 1955, a student brought an electric popcorn popper to the Senior House, looking forward to an easy between-meal snack, not realizing that 
cooking was forbidden without permission. Since it is almost impossible to hide the aroma of fresh corn popping, the machine was soon discovered, 
and Mrs. Souby acted to make sure that all the seniors understood the seriousness of the situation. "What do you think your citizenship grade should 
be?" She put this difficult question to each senior in a private conference. She reminded them of the school's honor system and then asked them to 
decide whether their knowledge of, or involvement with, the popcorn popper constituted good or poor citizenship. Whatever they told her became 
the grade that was recorded for them on the next report card. Class members still say it was one of the hardest answets they ever had to determine. 

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The first mention oi a George Washington's Birthday Celebration is in the 1920 Milestones, which described 
Washington's birthday as "a great day at Ward-Belmont." The glowing description continues: "The artistic grace with 
which Ward-Belmont girls assumed the roles of Colonial dames and gentlemen will remain unsurpassed. Who would have 

guessed that some of the most beautiful ladies were wearing their 
window draperies tor panniers, or that many of the beaux were 
dressed in gymnasium bloomers and uniform coat turned lining 
side out! Martha and George were charming as they came down 
the stairs, followed by a company of loyal attendants. There were 
Thomas Jeffersons, John Quincy Adams, Nathan Hales, Patrick 
Henrys, Paul Reveres and Lafayettes, not to mention lovely Betsy 
Rosses and sisters, wives and sweethearts of the patriots." 
In 1954, Patty Chadwell renewed the celebration at Harpeth Hall with only freshmen participating. "It grew out of 
the things the students had learned," she said. Freshmen marched in gym class and did research in English class on persons 
of the same era that they most wanted to be. They voted on two members of the junior class to preside over the festivities 
as George and Martha. Some costumes had been salvaged from Ward-Belmont, but evening dresses with shawls and men's 
suit coats turned inside out, even pajama pants were transformed to fit the occasion. Today, the George Washington 
Celebration is performed by the seventh grade class as their American history studies coincide nicely with the pageant. 
They select members of the eighth grade class to play the roles of George and Martha. 


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An elected student government and Honor Council remained in place to monitor behavior. While the old constraints 
against chewing gum and talking to hoys on campus transferred from Ward-Belmont to Harpeth Hall, students began to 
put their own distinguishing marks on the new school. 

The incoming freshmen, class of '55, perhaps because they never had attended Ward-Belmont, led the way in creating 
the need for new rules. First came the great wild onion eradication effort. Each class chose a school service project and 
this one was designed to beautify 7 the old formal garden. The steps leading into the garden had been the setting for the 
official portrait of the Lady of the Hall and her court. The harsh ice storm in the winter of 1951 had ruined many trees 
and other plantings all over town so there was much work to be done on campus. Some progress was certainly made to 
eliminate the ubiquitous bulb, but another consequence was both unexpected and more spectacular. Someone found the 
turn-on spigot for the water! The multitiered fountain rose from the center of a small pool which had no water in it at 
the time and was so tall that to see into the top basin a person had to step across the pool, balance by holding onto the 
middle of the fountain and stretch upwards. Freshmen began to lure unsuspecting upperclassmen to see the huge spider in 
the top of the fountain and then turn on the water as they looked! It became against the rules to turn on the water the 
day that science teacher Miss Penny Mountfort was petsuaded to step up and view the spider. 

Freshmen also discovered the tangle of old grape- 
vines in the trees behind Kirkman House before 
there was a Middle School or track down the hill 
toward the front gate. It was a perfect place to gather 
after lunch out of sight and free to talk and swing. 
Unfortunately, it took too long to return up the hill 
to class when the bell rang, or at least that was the 
reason given tor the rule against going to the 
grapevines during school hours. 

"A very personable and capable man," was George N. Bullard, 
according to Dr. Daugh Smith, another person who was in on the making 
of Harpeth Hall from the beginning. Bullard served as the first treasurer 
of the board of trustees and became an effective fund-raiser. From the 
beginning, the school founders and first contributors knew that Harpeth 
Hall's physical plant would need more classrooms, a gym and an 
auditorium right away. Appeals to potential supporters began immediately. 
Sufficient funds were raised in the first months to build the classrooms 
and tennis courts and to construct a level, grassy athletic field and a back driveway into the school property off Esteswood 
Avenue, but not enough to build the gym. For two entire seasons, club basketball games had to be played on Saturday 
mornings at Robertson Academy, a public elementary school several miles south ot Harpeth Hall. In case of rain, outdoor 
ceremonies such as graduation and Step Singing had no indoor place on campus to use, and any play or program to which 
a large number of guests might be invited was out of the question. A dedicated George Bullard led the effort to complete 
the plans already formulated for the gymnasium/auditorium building which would extend northward from Little Harpeth's 
classrooms. [Editor's Note: His daughter Dede Bullard Wallace was honored as Lady of the Hall in W53. See page 5S.] 

Athletics and other activities expanded immediately into this fine new space on campus. Basketball and volleyball 
moved inside; students had lockers and showers; and Miss Patty occupied a real office. The number ot varsity sports 
expanded from tour to six, allowing for more club sport competitions. 

The length ot the playing surface extended beyond the basketball goal at one end to give room tor chairs and a podium 
to be set up for the all-school assemblies. Various programs or reports by students or guests might be presented at these 
meetings, and Wednesdays were for chapel. Each week a different local minister was invited by the student council to 
speak. The hymn was always the same: "We Gather Together To Ask The Lord's Blessing." 

Rhythmics was added to the gym classes. It was not dance or aerobics, but girls practiced walking with proper posture 
and sitting down in a ladylike fashion. Under Miss Patty's stern direction no slouching or crossed knees were allowed. 

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As the threat of a nuclear attack by the U.S.S.R. escalated 
in the 1950s, the U.S. government and private citizens took 
precautions. Under President Eisenhower's directive, roads were 
built and plans made to evacuate and hide government leaders. 
Many citizens constructed private bomb shelters with weeks of 
provisions to shut themselves away from the air and water 
contamination that would follow an explosion. 

A group of senior chemistry students from Harpeth Hall, 
who were studying nuclear energy, visited the Oak Ridge 
Laboratories in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. There, they understood 
that Tennessee would be a prime attack target because of the 
atomic fuel production capabilities at Oak Ridge. A team of 
students, therefore, drew up a plan for warnings in case of a 
potential attack and for safe places on campus for everyone to go. 
The option of ordering a metal identification "dog tag" was 
available. Time was allotted for a practice run. 

The most obvious effect at the time was increased awareness 
of world affairs. A lasting effect was the realization that the future 
was no longer as certain as had been expected. 

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Graduation Dance 1957 

The very first all-school prom, possible now because of the 
spacious gym, was a Tea Dance. Taking place for two hours in the 
late afternoon, it was still formal though dresses were just above 
the ankles "tea length," rather than to the floor "evening length." 
White gloves were essential. Students decorated the gym; punch 
and cookies were served, and all the faculty came to chaperone. 
Before any dancing began, every girl introduced her escort to each 
teacher as they sat in a long row around the room. The same polite 
ritual was expected to take place at most social gatherings the 
students attended. 

Clear ideals of behavior existed at Harpeth Hall as well as in the 
'50s culture that surrounded it. Susan Moore ('53) remembers a 
teacher telling her that it was "presupposed that a young woman 
would be a lady," a word whose definition in the twenty-first century 
may well be perceived differently than it was then. At its best, being 
ladylike was not meant to be restrictive; rather it indicated that a 
person would act on any occasion in an appropriate way. Good 
manners, proper speech and respect for discipline and for those in 
authority' effectively smoothed the paths of daily living for everyone. 
Parents and teachers sometimes used "Be a lady" to counteract what 
they considered excesses — too boisterous in manner, too much 
argument in speaking, too unorthodox in dress — because they 
valued the even flow of their lives and wanted to pass their 
achievements on to the next generation. 


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Harpeth Hall has always honored its outstanding citi:ens as well as its scholars. A letter grade was reported each 

grading period based on the positive values of leadership, cooperation and fair play that teachers and administrators saw 
students exhibit at school day to day. In the '50s, the senior with the most points was awarded the Citizenship Bracelet; 
today these respected awards are given to a girl in each class. 


Dede Bullard was a member of the original student body of Harpeth Hall. She graduated in 1953 and was chosen Lady of the Hall that year. While 
at Harpeth Hall she helped establish the spirit of this new school by being involved in all phases of campus lite. After graduating, she entered the 
Nashville community with the same spirit of involvement. 

After her untimely death in October of 1969, the board of trustees established the Dede Bullard Wallace Award in her memory. The award is 
presented periodically for recognition of conspicuous achievement and contribution to Harpeth Hall. Since its first presentation in 1974 to Dr. Martha 
Overholser, there have been 14 recipients of this coveted award: Dr. Daugh W. Smith, Idanelle McMurry, Polly Fessey, Mary Elizabeth Cayce, Jeanne 
Zerfoss, Tracy Caulkins, Polly Jordan Nichols, Robert W. Kitchel, Britton and Norris Nielsen, Mary Schlater Stumb, Susan McKeand Baughman, 
Lindy Sayers, Jackie Glover Thompson and Patty Chadwell. 

Ellen Kathleen Wray died from cancer on February 14, 1955, during her last high school semester. In three and one-halt years at Harpeth Hall, 
she was an example of living life fully, even with an artificial leg and in failing health. As the 1955 Milestones tribute records, her friends knew her 
"soft smile floating into quiet laughter, sweeping away trivialities, a firm yet gentle hand, guiding some, following others and a calmness so deep that 
it steadied those about her." They also remembered her thoughtful intelligence and outstanding grades, which led classmates to urge that the 
commencement award for the highest academic average in the senior class be named the Katie Wray Award in her memory. This coveted award 
continues today. 

Dede Bullard 
(top step center) 

Keltic Wray 
(third from left) 


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Martha Grizzard Upshaw ('54), 1954 Lady oi the Hall, sums 
up many graduates' feelings about attending Harpeth Hall: 
"Harpeth Hall opened up a whole new world to me. The idea that 
a small group of people could create a large new institution was 
unfamiliar and quite amazing. In that first year, I learned the real 
meaning of commitment. Mrs. Souby and her staff were pillars of 
strength, and the fact that they were women had a very special 
impact on me. 

"The '50s were not a time of radical change for most women, 
but for me, a door was opened. I gained self-confidence I never 
would have had if I had not been at Harpeth Hall. Supported by 
the unparalleled education I received, I was not afraid to make 
some difficult choices when conflicts later arose with my parents 
and when major cultural issues shook the nation in the '60s and 
'70s. I am indeed grateful to Harpeth Hall tor instilling in me a 
powerful love of learning. I am certain that it has made me a 
better marriage partner, a better parent and a better citizen." 

By 1960 Harpeth Hall was firmly established in its own image. 
It continued to build on the strength of Ward-Belmont's past and 
pushed ahead to maintain a leading edge in educating young 
women. The world was about to undergo a series of major 
changes, and Harpeth Hall graduates would be ready. 

Tea Dance 1958 

Spanish Club 


In 1955, this first freshman class, now seniors, was still 
the school's smallest at 28, but the number of freshmen had 
risen to over 60. As Harpeth Hall's reputation in the 
community grew, so did the number of students who applied 
each year. From 1956 on, the total enrollment was above 
200, and the faculty was enlarged from 18 to 22. Today with 
the addition of grades fifth through eighth in the Middle 
School and much expanded facilities, the student population 
numbers 543 and the teaching faculty 73. 



he 1960s have taken their place in the 
history books as a decade of conflict: the 
race for space and the moonwalk; the Cold 
War and Vietnam; Kruschev's banging his 

shoe at the United Nations and the Cuban 

lissile crisis. As the Beatles performed "I 
Wanna Hold Your Hand" on Ed Sullivan 
and the Beach Boys crooned about "Good 
Vibrations," the mortar of oppressive 
political traditions cracked and crumbled 
under the pressure of the civil rights 
movement. The sweep of the changes 
erupted with crests of violence in the 
assassinations of John F. Kennedy, of Robert 
F. Kennedy, of Martin Luther King, in the 
burning of Watts and setting the police dogs 
upon the freedom riders in Birmingham. 
Within the portrait historians paint of that 

memorable decade are the student 

rebellions at Columbia and University of 


Chicago as well as images of flower 
children in bell-bottom jeans making 
their ways to Woodstock singing 

"Let the Sunshine In" or "Let's 

Get Together (Try to love one 
another)." It was a decade of peace 
signs and hot pants, of baby boomers 
struggling to come of age. 

The only overt reference to the 
turbulent political times of the '60s 
in any Milestones occurs on a divider 
page of 1968: "The times they are 
a'changin'." On a facing page is a 
picture of a young, pensive, blue- 
eyed blonde in a peasant dress with a 
blue daisy painted upon her cheek 

that pays homage to the flower child in all the Harpeth Hall students 
who were crossing the threshold into the Age of Aquarius. The picture 
is of Celeste Pappas, singer, artist and senior in 1968. With Bob Dylan 
and Peter, Paul and Mars - on the radio and Aretha Franklin and Otis 
Redding on the stereo, it sometimes seems that Harpeth Hall kept her 
course by means of the songs her students sang together. 

Whatever else it is, though, history is not memory. Memory is all 
that furnishes one's biography, and although the two may intersect, 
the former cannot usurp the place or dignity of the latter. Particularly 
in the 1960s, one is struck by the contrast between memory and 
history. It is the living memory of each student of Harpeth Hall in 
the '60s this chapter honors. Perhaps the shared experiences of the 
years spent at Harpeth Hall soften the hard extremes historians 
present, tor in 1960 Harpeth Hall was still a young school, having 
been born like the Greek phoenix from the ashes of the sudden loss 
of Ward-Belmont, just learning to fly. 

The faculty assembled by Mrs. Souby taught at Harpeth Hall tor next to nothing, tor love, in fact. Students realized 

dimly that maintenance of the campus tell on the shoulders of but one person, Driver Joslin. They understood that Penny 
Mountfort was the science department. Mrs. Souby didn't even have a secretary. Idanelle 
McMurry didn't have one until her second year as headmistress. The staff, faculty, 
administration and board of trustees of Harpeth Hall managed the life ot the fledgling 
school on a spartan diet fed by dreams rather than material resources. 

Although there were sharp and often abrupt changes occurring in the outside world, the 
transition each girl made from freshman year through senior year offered her the feeling of 
a steady and upward ascent, due in large part to the dedication and staying power of the 
faculty. The student grapevine grew to be as sturdy and reliable as an oak. It prepared 

treshmen students for the arm-waving enthusiasms ot Varina Frarer in Latin II or the steady good humor of Ella Puryear 

Mims. We came to know them long before they knew us, for the stuff of urban legend surrounded many of them. Every 

class, for example, must have seen Ruth Mann jump into the wastebasket. 
As different as their subjects were, Harpeth 

Hall's teachers were uniquely the same in their 

dedication to their disciplines, expectations of 

excellence and their loyalty to the vision ot the 

school. The fabric of Ward-Belmont tradition lay 

like inherited lace across Harpeth Hall, as it 

struggled to form its identity. The young school 

continued to honor the heritage ot Ward-Belmont 

without fostering reverence for what would 

become — by the 1970s — the anachronisms of a 

young ladies' southern finishing school. There was no May Day celebration at Harpeth Hall. But there were daisy chains 

and Step Singing and Lady of the Hall. The alma maters were different. But the aspirations were identical. 


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The Tea Dance, for example, continued its tradition as the first all-school prom, having been established in the 
1950s. The faculty and Mrs. Souby, and by 1963, Miss McMurry, stood at the gym doors to greet each student and her 
escort. The black-tie orchestra played softly as girls in formals with elbow-length gloves made their way through the 
receiving line at the Bullard Gymnasium 
doors. The freshmen were understandably 
traumatized by having had to ask a boy to 
this dance. Anita Woodcock Schmid ('68) 
remembers with chagrin that she called to 
ask her escort a full two months in 
advance. "What was I thinking? How 
could he have said, 'No, I am busy that 
night'?!" Those lucky girls with boyfriends 
may have loved it, but the Tea Dance was 

first and foremost a rite of passage, as were 

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so many of the events at school. 

With the arrival of Miss McMurry as headmistress in 1963, the 

complaint that the Tea Dance didn't quite capture the enthusiasm 

and energy of the student body received its redress: Harpeth Hall's 

formal dance gained an alter ego: the Western Combo. Garage 

bands with their drums and electric guitars plugged into the 

cafeteria walls smothering any lingering echo of the orchestral 

music of Cole Porter and Perry Como. Who played? The 

Charades, The Exotics, The Saturns, The Jaguars or those dancing 

Spidells. The Motown downbeat drove the dancing and the Dirty 


A splendid show of self-reliance: in 1966 the student 
body arranged itself into a hook brigade across the lawn 
between Souby Hall and the newly built Annie C. Allison 
Library to transfer the books of our former library 
inside Souby Hall to their beautiful new home. With the 
addition of the Middle School and the new library, the 
campus of Harpeth Hall became a circle of white painted 
brick academic buildings with red roof shingles ringing a 
sea of green. 

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What was 1 thinking? 
How could he have said, "No, 

I am busy that night"?! 
— Anita Woodcock Schmid ('68) 

Dog banished the waltz. Margy Dortch Brooks ('63) 
remembers learning every new dance in the Senior 
House from her friend and classmate, Nickye Yokley 
Venters ('63). Everyone dressed up in her cowgirl best — 
hats, boots, fringed vests and holsters — and cruised 
Shoney's and Nick's with her date before making her 
way to the lowest level of the school, where, just outside 
its doors, huge hay bales and Bob Grannis Photography 
waited to capture the moment for all time. There were 
no receiving lines or white gloves at this shindig. The 
boys wore their jeans, cowboy boots and red kerchiefs. 
The chaperones and faculty wore earplugs. 

As different in tone and timbre as the Tea Dance 
and the Western Combo were, they shared an 
indestructible bond. These were the two times each year 
that Harpeth Hall students could talk without rebuke or 
reprisal to boys on campus. The two dances existed in 
tandem through the remainder of the decade. 



Cheer far the club we love; Angkor is best. 
This club ranks way above , and in work and 

play excels the rest. 
What is our club' We're the Angkors. 
Proud to be it, can't you see it? 
When we're u'inning, then we're grinning; 
And when we lose, we smile all the while. 
We're Angkor bom and Angkor bred. 
And when we die we're Angkor dead. 
All for the Angkors, cheer for the Angkors; 
We're for the Angkors — hooray! 

On Ariston, on Ariston, 
Forward to the goal. 
Always loyal, always true, 
We're always proud of you. 
Keep on fighting, never weaken; 
That's the way for all. 
Ariston Club, above all else 
At Harpeth Hall. 

Eccowasin Club forever. 

Lift up and do. 

Lift up your heads , push forward , 

And the spirit's sure to carry through. 

We're going to fight, forever winning, 

With heads on high; 

We're going to fight for the club we love, 

The green and white . . . Fight! 

So long to old Ariston; Angkor farewell; 
Good-bye to Eccowasin, though they rank well. 
1 want to be a Triad, wear red and uhite. 
Step up, congratulate me; I know I'm right. 
1 leant to wear the ribbons over my breast. 
I want to be a Triad; Triad is best. 


Each Wednesday morning at 8:10 A.M. throughout the 1960s, 
Roberta "Ro" Wilde would ring the bell. Under the watchful 
supervision of a faculty member at the end of each row, the student 
body gathered in the auditorium and rose in silent greeting to a guest 
speaker whose introduction was the duty or a member of the Honor 
Society. This cadre ot Harpeth Hall leaders somehow learned to keep 
its eyes focused on the speaker's back in order to avoid the inevitable 
and possibly disrupting eye contact with her friends seated only a few 
feet away- Watching them maintain their dignity on stage taught those 
who would become Honor Society members themselves one day. 
Although Wednesday's Chapel rarely held the tun or frolic ot Tuesday's 
clas> or club meeting or Monday's regular assembly, its earnest 
regularity created a steady memory. 


By far, the most memorable Wednesday Chapel in the 1960s involved an appearance by Minnie Pearl. "Love, Oh 
Love, Oh Careless Love" recklessly sung at a Wednesday Chapel in a banging rhythm on the glee club piano brought 
cheers of appreciation from the student body. That Sarah Ophelia Colley Cannon had been a Ward-Belmont graduate, 
and had undergone the rigors of Ward-Belmont academic life, generated enthusiasm rarely equaled by anyone else invited 
to campus. In addition to these annual visits by Minnie 

Pearl, Winnie Breast ("Oh, Shenandoah, I long to see 
you"), and students Sarah Stifler Lucas ('66) and 
Andrea Davis Harris ('66) ("Seven Gates into the 
City, Hallelujah"), as well as Celeste Pappas' ('68) 
performances sparked deafening applause during the 
1960s at Harpeth Hall. Through the decade Minnie, 
Winnie, and Sarah, Andrea, and Celeste brought 
down the House of Harpeth Hall. 


We gather together to ask the Lord's blessing . . . 
Sing praises to his name, He forgets not his own. 

The Harpeth Hall student sang. She sang for her class (Are you a Senior? Yes, I'm 
a Senior, S-e-n-i-o-r, Seniors are best!) She sang for her club, practicing three-part 
"Ro" rings the bell harmonies in early May mornings in anticipation of the contest for best song on the 

last day of the school year at All-Club Picnic. And if she were a junior or a senior, she sang two songs with her class at 
Step Singing, the ceremony that marked the peaceful transfer of the leadership of the school from the president of the 
senior class to the president-elect from the junior class. After solemn occasions, such as the opening of assembly of the 
academic year or the close of school with graduation exercises, the students sang the alma mater, written by Mrs. Gregory. 

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In addition to the many traditional occasions requiring singing, there 
were moments of spontaneous song. In the spring of 1966, a group of 
Harpeth Hall seniors obtained permission to walk en masse to the 
entrance of the drive on Hohbs Road to inspect and approve the 
location of their senior gift, a handsome black wrought iron sign 
inscribing the name of the school and the date of founding. Their pride 
swelled into singing Simon and Garfunkel's "I Am a Rock" on their 
return walk up the driveway. 

There were, of course, songless traditions at Harpeth Hall. Junior-Senior day became the favorite spring tradition of 
many students. Little Boys (juniors) and Little Girls (seniors) came to school dressed up to play pranks and games 
throughout the day. As each class had a sister class, the entire school tended to be involved either directly or indirectly. 
Toward the end of the '60s, the riotousness of shaving cream and squirt guns coupled with the intensity and roughhouse 
of Red Rover inspired the faculty and Miss McMurry to issue warnings. So, there were traditions without songs. But they 
were few. Consider the Junior-Senior Play. 

The Junior-Senior Play competition was the 
dramatic high-water mark of the school each autumn. ^^ i I T**> V [ M I J^ 1 

Authored by members of the respective classes and 
performed before the entire school over two Mondays 
during assembly, the plays were judged for then- 
originality and wit by a secret committee of the 
faculty. The final results of the contest were 
announced on that second Monday at lunch. A class 
might emerge victorious by less than a half-point out junior Flay 1965 

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of three thousand points. The class of '66 hid their "Supremes" behind the dark green velvet curtains of the windows in 
the auditorium to emerge, singing, on cue. The class of '67 painted sets and devised elaborate forests and castles for their 
parody of the Wizard of 0~, complete with their original words to the music of "We're Off to See the Wizard." The class 
of '69 adapted Don Quixote to its purposes and dreamt "The Impossible Dream." Each play concluded with the entire class 
sitting and standing stage front, singing its original lyrics to the school. 

The process of participation in these traditions sometimes subtly enriched student identities. For example, Peggy 
McClain ('69) had been elected chaplain of her junior class at the end of her sophomore year. The following fall, she 
played "Pedro" in the Junior Play version of Don Quixote. She forthwith became "Pedro the Pardoner" of the school for 
the next two years. Some of her friends still call her "Pedro." 

Unlike the Sophomore Play at Harpeth Hall — a play performed each spring for outsiders and guests under the artful 
direction of faculty member Liz Williams — the competition of Junior-Senior Play was singularly m-house. These plays 
belonged wholly to each class from first to last. The themes included inside jokes, caricature and fearless spoofs upon the 
idiosyncrasies of specific teachers and classes. Designed to "pull the class together," which it surely did, the Junior-Senior 
Play also engendered a slight and fleeting aftertaste of bitterness between the two classes. Both classes wanted to win. In 
the early 1970s, Harpeth Hall would acquire, by Miss McMurry's urging and insistence, the opportunity to participate in 
a full-time drama department and various dance clubs. But until that time, the tradition of the Junior-Senior Play was the 
outlet testifying to the wit and creative talents of our upperclasswomen across the decade. 

Sophomore Play 1965 


The most memorable traditions of the '60s 
are arguably those that received full-page 
recognition in the Milestones: the election of the 
Lady of the Hall, the senior who best exemplified 
the ideals of the school; the Katie Wray Award 
for the highest academic average; the award of 
the Citizenship Bracelet; the selection by the 
freshman class of two juniors to play George and Martha Washington at the February birthday celebration. But in addition 
to these publicly recorded honors, there were elections of student council class representatives, student council president, 
class and club officers, class and club cheerleaders, and the tapping ceremony for Honor Society — a harrowing and almost 
surreal assembly conducted by girls in white dresses, moving in and out of rows, holding a long stick with a star glued on 

the end of it, with feints toward those who couldn't possibly 
be selected and eventual "tapping" of the new members. 
Each of these honors and elections was often filled with 
pathos, for election to positions of leadership went hand in 
hand with scholastic achievement, the coin of the realm of 
Harpeth Hall. Other schools may have elected the coolest or 
most popular kid to office. At Harpeth Hall, an officer — 
whatever the office — knew that she had been honored and 
undertook the responsibility to set a good example. It was in these many meetings and through these many elective 
processes that students learned the words, "1 decline." They learned how to move and second a motion. They learned the 
phrase ". . . that the minutes be approved as read and corrected," and they learned to elect a nominee "by acclamation." 
Robert's Rules of Order were steadily osmosed from year to year in class and club meetings. The school tradition and 
organization fostered a sense that its elected leadership was both incorruptible and just. 

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The Stump 


There was fondness for even inadequate spaces. The Mole Run, a narrow, cramped, dank classroom 
abutting the lower garage beneath Souby Hall, enjoyed a special sort of status as one of the few places 
with a name of it own. In the Mole Run, students learned the proper procedure to bandage hands and 
hang arm slings from Mrs. Moran. But in addition to that unique classroom, the students named and 
enjoyed even the faded relics of natural beauty. 
Consider the silent dignity of The Stump. At the top of the flagstone steps in the era before the main 
sidewalk, The Stump presided over one's first decision of the day: Where am 1 going? Massive enough for three girls 
to stand upon with ease, The Stump was many things at once. It was the most prominent and likely place tor students to 
rendezvous outside; it was an obstacle to traverse between the classrooms of Little Harpeth and Souby Hall; and it served as the bull's eye of those 
howling circle cheers of 1961 and 1962. In 1966, the last class to graduate on the back porch of Souby Hall solemnly marched around The Stump en 
route to the stage. 

The Cubby Hole room in Little Harpeth was the daily site of both trust and bedlam, for it was here the students deposited their books, notes, lab 
drawings, English papers and homework before Monday morning's assembly at 8:10. The press and urgency of the Cubby Hole room torced saner and 
more organized girls to purchase large, single-handled, leather satchels that they lugged from class to class all day. But for most of the students the 
crush and hubbub of the Cubby Hole room was pleasantly exasperating, even mildly addictive. It was the outpost of quick gossip in the morning, and 
it offered friends their last clear chance to make hasty afternoon plans. 

Responsibility was surely the primary subtext of the Harpeth Hall experience. There were so many ways of "getting 
into trouble," and it is something the students of the '60s at Harpeth Hall remember well. The school had innumerable 
rules — against chewing gum, smoking, drinking alcohol, talking to boys on campus, leaving campus without permission, 
wearing clips or rollers to class, lifting your dress too high behind the gym while sunbathing before Spring Break, not to 
mention defacing school property, picking the flowers or asking tor part of another girl's lunch. 

One alumna remembers herself as a sophomore in 1964. Having sneaked down the driveway to meet and chat with 
her boyfriend one Tuesday at lunchtime in the spring, she became aware that a student council rep from the junior class 
had appeared "out of nowhere" in the parking lot. The sophomore knew that there was no use trying to suborn such a one 
to be lenient, so she raced up the hill ahead of her to Miss Penny's classroom where a student council meeting was in 
progress, and — out of breath from running — reported herself forthwith as having talked to a boy on campus. Beating that 
student council member to the meeting still fills her with glee. No Council Major for her, not that time anyway. 


Harpeth Hall was a safe 
place to make mistakes and 

to learn from them. 
— Emily Glasgow Bruno ('65) 

The "dirty eight" of 1963, wonderful and 
successful women every one, found themselves in 
the office of Mrs. Souby for having made funny faces 
in the official Eccowasin photo for Milestones. These 
women may not know it, hut they have their 
counterparts in the class of '68 who were 

individually summoned to the office of Miss McMurry for having unsuccessfully tried to make inappropriate gestures ever- 
so-discretely in their respective club pictures. There were beer picnics in Percy Warner park for the class of '69. There were 
rendezvous at Moon's Drugs with Montgomery Bell Academy (MBA) boys before class for the girls of '65, '66 and '67, and 
split-second decisions concerning the risks and rewards of cutting assembly. There was smoking behind the woodpiles and 
phony claims of "cramps" to avoid gym. There were the many gum-chewing incidents and the lowering of citizenship grades 
for popping popcorn in the Senior House. Fortunately, students did not have to worry about Saturday detentions. With class 
size limited to between 50 and 70 girls, the school was still small and intimate enough for faculty and staff to assign 
collectively a citizenship grade each grading period. 

Without question the most notorious instance of "getting into trouble" along with the reprimand of the decade took 

place in 1968 when the entire senior class found itself invited by the faculty to the 
audio-visual room on the lower floor of the Annie C. Allison Library at the close 
of an otherwise normal day of class. This incredible class boasted the highest 
number of Merit Scholars, Semi-Finalists and Commendees of any class of the 
decade. Its talented students were and are among Harpeth Hall's finest. But here 
is the story of how a whole class "got into trouble:" 

Driver Joslin, the school's much beloved custodian, had entered the Senior 
House for perfectly innocent reasons after class one afternoon. Drawn upon the walls 
there he found pictures, scrawl, graffiti and sentiments of both the contented and the 
discontented. Some of the slogans were merely colorful and bawdy. Others were 


typical mantras found on the backs of notebooks, for example, "Kappa . . . SAP . . . LBT . . . etc ... is Best" or as Doody 
Osborn Keet ('68) admits, "I love Ken." But a tew of the sentiments bordered on the crude, and these sent a concerned Driver 
scurrying with embarrassment into the office of Miss Penny and she forthwith to the office of Miss McMurry. There then 
emerged their plan to reproduce each and every text, word and saying on the blackboard in the audio- visual room. It took 
an afternoon of work. The next day, the unsuspecting seniors received an invitation to the audio-visual room. 


"On my honor, I have neither given nor received help 
on this test." Freshmen learned during their very first week of 
classes about the importance of the honor pledge in Mrs. 
Ottarson's Latin classes, for behind the roller shade of her 
blackboard the last request of her every quiz was the legend: 
I pledge. One would sooner pick a bouquet of narcissus and 
present it to Mrs. Souby than omit the pledge from a quiz. 
The pledge was the seal of integrity one placed upon one's 
work, and just as the honor code protected the contents of 
each girl's cubby hole, the pledge reminded students that the 
honorable D, (or E, for the grading scale of the '60s allowed 
an "E" just before the F) was better than the dishonest A. 

One alumna remembers that the faculty lined the perimeter of the room. Another recalls that Miss McMurry was 

"stunning." She was "in her heels . . . not a hair out place ... in a gray skirt and sweater . . . She began the meeting by 

quoting her mother's words, 'cleanliness is next to godliness,' and with these words, 

she slowly raised the shade that concealed the blackboard. There was stunned and 

embarrassed silence." 

Student respect for the faculty was an ever-present intangible of the school's ethos. 

In disappointing them, they disappointed themselves. Soon the walls of the Senior 

House were repainted, and all the privileges of being a senior were fully restored. And, 

of course, the faculty forgave them. But it had been quite a day for everyone. 
Annie C. Allison Library 



S^raMftiy vie -J/7oic/i 

The memories of the students of the '60s is a threaded discussion of favorite 

teachers and favorite subjects. Although historic changes may have been 

occurring in the outside world, the task of preparing for college remained ever 

the goal and ever the same. There were summer reading tests, word study tests, 

SATs and achievement tests. Some took advanced placement tests at Harpeth 

Hall for college credit, but many who did not report that they didn't face a 

single challenge in college until their junior or senior years, it then. Students 

had grasped how to learn, how to prepare, how to study, how to write and how 

to organize their efforts for the best academic results. The hours of homework accomplished by the students of Harpeth 

Hall were not endured by students of other schools. In a consistent demand for excellence, the faculty taught the Harpeth 

Hall student what she could accomplish it she buckled down. 

In 1963, Harpeth Hall's first headmistress, Susan S. Souby, retired. She had overseen the development of both the 

curriculum and the hiring of the faculty. She had interviewed each girl during the summer before her freshman year and 

arranged each student's schedule each year. Mrs. Souby often tutored those students in Latin who needed extra help. Her 

students respected her. Her faculty loved her. Who could replace her? 

"I accepted the position at Harpeth Hall because I had so loved Ward- 
Belmont. 1 didn't want the legacy of Ward-Belmont to die," remembers Idanelle 
(Sam) McMurry. In 1963, Miss McMurry began her 16-year contribution to the 
students, faculty, tradition and legacy of Ward-Belmont. She is universally 
remembered with something approaching awe. Kathy Thvveatt Morton ('64) 
recalls, "I was so excited to be in the first graduating class under Miss McMurry. 
In fact, Miss McMurry had such a positive influence on me that I could leave 
Harpeth Hall and say that I was glad to be a part of that school." 



Idanelle McMurry's stone and glass treetop home oft Harding Place in Nashville is filled with mementos from her years as a teacher and school 
administrator in Massachusetts, Tennessee and Texas. But her prized possession is a set of yearbooks that span the 16 years she was headmistress 
of Harpeth Hall. "Those years at Harpeth Hall were the most meaningful of my career," she says. They were some of the most meaningful for 
the school too. 

Miss McMurry took the helm of the young school in 1963 when tuition was $625, and the campus consisted of two buildings. The programs, the 
emphasis on academics and the facilities established during her tenure created the core from which today's school has grown. 

Miss McMurry was happily serving as dean of girls at the Kinkaid School in Houston when she received a call 
on her 3Sth birthday from a search committee asking her to consider taking over Harpeth Hall when Mrs. 
Souby retired in July of 1963. As with all jobs throughout her career, Miss McMurry didn't look for the 
position. The search committee sought out the Cookeville native and gtaduate of Ward-Belmont and 
Vanderbilt. Somehow they lured her back to Middle Tennessee tor less than she was being paid in Texas 
with the intimidating task of taking over from the school's founding headmistress. 

"I was uncertain why anyone would pick me for the job and doubly concerned about running the 

school after Mrs. Souby," she says. But her love for Ward-Belmont helped her win over 

the faculty, and she quickly set about making her mark. "When 1 started, the faculty was making 

so little that it was apparent they were teaching because they loved the students and the school," 

she remembers. Among her first moves was to raise money so that she could increase salaries and 

hire a secretary. 

Raising money was no easy task. The school had no records of the 12 classes that had graduated and so 

Miss McMurry established an alumnae office. With the support of a strong board of trustees, she began improving 

the academics and the facilities. "My first focus was the Annie C. Allison Library, which we built in 1966," she says. "I remember it was difficult at 

first to convince the trustees and the parents why we needed a library for our students, and its cost of $1 million was quite a lot of money." 

When Miss McMurry realized that some students were spending their first or second years at Harpeth Hall catching up because of weak 
elementary school educations, she worked to create the Daugh W Smith Middle School, which opened in 1968. "It seemed the best way to stabilize 
the backgrounds of all the students entering high school. And it worked." 

Another of Miss McMurry's innovations was Winterim, the annual January program which allowed students to expand their studies beyond 
traditional coursework, launched in 1973. She modeled Wintetim after a similar program at tvmkaid. "It was a response to concerns of the '60s and a 
way to give students of a girls' school a broader experience in the community and, by traveling, in the world." While similar programs at other schools 
have been shelved, Winterim, like Harpeth Hall, is still flourishing. 

Miss McMurry left Harpeth Hall in 1979 to become head of the Hockaday School in Dallas and because she felt it was someone else's turn to lead 
Harpeth Hall. But she left promising herself she would return to Middle Tennessee, which she did in 1989. She received the Distinguished Alumna 
Award from Harpeth Hall in 1999. 

The best part of returning is seeing the results of her work, not only at Harpeth Hall, but also in its graduates whose young faces are captured in 
Miss McMurry's yearbook collection. "I often run into mothers who seem so surprised by the wonderful people their daughters have grown up to be. 
They tell me, 'You won't believe what wonderful things my daughter is doing.' 

'Oh,' I say, '1 believe it. 1 knew it all along. You were the one who was uncertain.'" 

Miss McMurry hired the first male teacher at the school. Her 
miniature dachshund "Heidi" was often with her in the office of 
Souby Hall much to the delight of the students. In 1966 Miss 
McMurry held the groundbreaking for the Annie C. Allison 
Library, and she oversaw the addition of the Middle School in 
1968. The firsts she initiated are due to the vision she had of what 
the school could become. The evidence of that vision is apparent 
everywhere on the campus today. She was 38 years old. 

For the students in the '60s who knew both headmistresses, the 

arrival of Miss McMurry, with her youth, energy and warmth, 

ignited the same sort of emotional charge that occurred when John 

F. Kennedy assumed the presidency from Dwight "Ike" Eisenhower. 

The future suddenly seemed to be as important as the past. 

Miss McMurry learned each student by name, talent and, often, by aspiration. She was a gifted orator and often raised 

the collective spirit ot the community when she spoke at assembly. Doody Osborn Keet ('68) recalls one address that 

"invited us to shape up or ship out. She held our banner high." Many students of the '60s claim Miss McMurry as their 

single most important role model in terms of her dignity, fairness, integrity and wisdom. 

Bitsy Dorris Husband ('66) recalls that Miss McMurry said something to her one afternoon she never forgot. Because 
they were neighbors, Miss McMurry often gave Bitsy a ride home after school. It was report card day, and Bitsy recalls that 
she hadn't had the most academically exceptional six weeks. On their drive home Miss McMurry asked her how she had 
done, and Bitsy confessed that she hadn't done all that well. Without hesitation, Miss McMurry smiled and said, "Don't 
worry about that, Bitsy. You have so many talents. Academics is only one way to succeed." From one's headmistress, the 
affirmation was balm to a student's soul. Miss McMurry always appreciated the diversity ot talent in the students she led 
and inspired throughout the decade. 

Library Groundbreaking 
Daugh W. Smith and Josephine Binns 

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Students in the '60s reserve special places in their hearts for their teachers as well as for Mrs. Souhy and Miss McMurry. 
There are those who, like Susan Sudduth Dodson Hiller ('62) loved Mrs. Mann with her "slippery pig" in every algebra 
equation. Others adored Dorothea Griffin's teaching of British history. Rebecca Osborn Marshall ('67) remembers Mrs. 

Griffin for her "extraordinary fairness with her students in her tests, grading and 
classroom discussions." Deborah Baker Rudisill ('68) remembers Mrs. Ottarson 
as "kind and brilliant. She had us translate aloud all four years, without notes. 
And unless your translation was totally off base, she looked at it as 'a new way 
to look at that verse.'" Miss Penny's dry wit pervaded her chemistry, biology and 
physiology classes. Susan Sudduth Dodson Hiller ('62) remembers Miss Penny 
as her mentor. "I will never forget learning that one NEVER uses the coarse 
adjustment when looking through the high-powered objective of a microscope." 
In addition to that lesson, "Miss Penny had a gift for applying the truths of the 

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sciences to the practical concerns of daily life. 
It was Miss Penny who told us to get the 
cheapest aspirin possible because they all 
contain acetylsalicylic acid, and the fancy 
boxes simply drove up the price. I follow this 
advice to this day — a very useful lesson of life. 
Perhaps no one has ever influenced me more 
in an academic sense than Miss Penny." 

Miss McMurry at Graduation 


stacks at Vanderbilt's J.U.L. and inscribed in memory Chaucer's 

Students also recall Madame Fountain as "a tiny woman with THE LEGACY OF LEARNING 

In a fitting tribute to their education at Harpeth Hall, 
twinkling eyes, whose 'Prenez un morceau de papier' signaled the , 

= » ' r many students returned to teach or serve in administration at 

onset of a daily qui: and bequeathed the life-lesson to be prepared the school. The Hopelessly Devoted award goes to Merrie 

Morrissey Clark ('69) and Joyce Crutcher Ward ('60) who 
for a test every day. Madame expected us all to learn and to think, retumed and {aught M Harpeth Ha „ for more ^ 25 years 

and we did." Mrs. Eggleston taught freshmen the complexity of The following are those who have returned to the school to 

teach or serve in administration for more than two years: 

causal claims emphasizing the "four causes" of each war of ancient 


history: the political, economic, geographic and cultural. Miss Patty Luann Evans La ndon ('57), Joyce Crutcher Ward ('60), 

, , i r j i r «. n Wendy Lawrence Zertace ('64), Marjone Shatter Dale ('69), 

taught students the fundamentals of tennis as well as court 

Ginger Osborn ('66), Jane Gwinn Stumpf ('69), Leigh Zerfoss 
etiquette, and Mrs. Moran continues to be loved for having endured Atkins ('68), Merrie Morrissey Clark ('69), Lucinda Parker 

.. . , „ , , , i r\ i \ t 1 ('72), Anita Woodcock Schmid ('68), Kathryn King 

trick or tteating students at her home each October. Martha 

Dettwiller ('65), Patricia Gardner Campbell ('60), Peg 

Overholser's senior English term paper propelled students to the Lauderdale Williams ('69), Caroline Hilton Ward ('59), 

Georgianne Moran Krukhnski ('78), Lisa Ferguson Spnngman 
('78), Kathryn Wesley Lazenby Boehm ('82), Kathenne 

introduction to the Canterbury' Tales, ("whan-that-aptilla-with-the- Kennedy Flouhouse ('89), Ophelia Thompson Paine ('68), 

Tiffany Gaston Dale ('95) 
shurra-sotah . . ." phonetically speaking, of course.) The memories 

of their teachers are vivid and enduring. 

Polly Jordan Nichols (53), Dianne Buttrey Wild (66). 

Harpeth Hall began to lose the founding faculty in the mid-'60s. Susan Glasgow Brown ('60), Jane Bern- Jacques (72), Annie 

Orr Trost ('57), Susan McKeand Baughman ('56), Marie 

Mrs. Gregory and Madame Fountain tetired in 1965; Mrs. _ , .. ,. ,,,,. .. . „. , .. ,,,„. T 

Dodson Maxwell ( 64), Margie rish Martin ( 67), Jane 

Rassmussen in 1966; Mrs. Mann in 1967; and Mrs. Eggleston, Mrs. Linebaugh Groos ('82), Sallie King Norton (71), Betty Jane 

Guffee Bamnger ('59), Kathy Thweatt Morton ('64), Andi 

Frazer, Miss Ewing and Miss Wikle in 1969. Those new teachers D ,, ■_, ,, , ,, sl , ,, , n ,- n .,, ,, B o\ 

s Boklage Holbrook ( 87), Mary Lauren Bartield Allen ( 88), 

who took their places soon absorbed the culture and vision of Mar Y Brltton Thompson Cummings ('93), Marty Russ 

Jeffords ('90) 
the school. 

German Pavia, the first male teacher, arrived on campus to teach Spanish in 1967, only to discover that the school 

had no men's room. Hastily, "Men" went up on the door of one of the small lavatories in Little Harpeth. Students 

remember wading Richland Creek to procure algae for Carolyn Felkel's botany labs in biology and drawing lots tor one of 

the four king-sized bullfrogs in dissection classes. Betty Partee encouraged the love of art both in art class and in art 


history classes, and Gail Wolery somehow convinced an entire glee club 
that "Glow Little Glow Worm, glimmer-glimmer" was still hip enough to 
sing before friends and parents on stage. 

The faculty doubtless had its own grapevine. They probably knew 
when their students were "snowed" or when they had boyfriend blahs or 
blues, but they commiserated with and befriended students by keeping 
their focus on the disciplines they taught. They believed that by learning 
students could live up to the school motto, "Let us lift up the mind and the spirit." 

Harpeth Hall students tend to remember their teachers as having been the best and the most demanding collection 
of teachers they ever had. For all personal triumphs and private defeats, students had their girlfriends. Class reunions 
continue to demonstrate the strength and endurance of these friendships. 

Such is the tenor of tribute paid to those dedicated faculty who shared their gifts and much of their lives to those 
students who were growing up at 3801 Hobbs Road, in Nashville, Tennessee, in the turbulent, changing and challenging 
decade known as the 1960s. 

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es in /\mencan are ana society 
that started in the 1960s continued in the 
1970s. Later, Americans would look back 
wistfully to the "simpler" times before these 
two decades brought with them alterations 
in laws, technology, schools, even neighbor- 
hoods that affected the way Americans 

lived their lives. 

"Change" became as much a mantra for 
the 1970s as it had been for the 1960s. It 
seemed that no institution, from the 
government to the church to the family to 
small independent girls' schools, escaped 
vast changes. And yet the day-to-day 
workings and student life at Harpeth Hall 
were largely tranquil. Big changes were 
usually evident only as accretions of small 
changes. A class was added here, a building 
built there. Even as the ground shifted 
under them, seniors were still seniors, scared 


to graduate but ready to fly. Juniors 
were still juniors, longing for the 
respect and privileges conferred by 
seniorhood. Freshmen and sopho- 
mores were still as angst-ridden as 
ever. Girls still fretted over their 
figures, spent sunny days tanning 
behind the gym and wondered how 
they would ever get through War 


<_^ve44A S/l&te<l — atta S/le& tec<z/e* 

Who would have thought that a tucked-away independent girls' 

school in a medium-size city would experience the convergence of 
two big societal shifts in the 1970s? But that's exactly what happened 
to Harpeth Hall as the women's movement encouraged a generation 
of young women to work full-time outside the home and court- 
enforced busing sent students to a bizarre patchwork of schools. 

Middle School Eccowasin Club 1970 
Working women, however, were just one aspect of that earthquake 
called the women's movement. From the straightforward book Our 
Bodies Ourselves to the National Organization for Women to the 
Equal Rights Amendment to Roe v. Wade, women were shaking off 
old roles and rules and experimenting with new ones. 

This spirit of freedom from past restraints was reflected even in 
the small aspects of young women's lives. Fussy, coiffed hair tell out 
of fashion, and long hair was the trend. Candice Grat Ohl ('70) 
recalls that, "We all wore our hair long, with side curlicues; mine was 
parted on the side. . . (We used) Dippity-Do and big curlers." 

Freer bodies meant that women's hemlines crept up and up, 
and the styles got holder and bolder. "Until then we were all 
wearing Villager and Lady Bug and skirts and sweaters and 
Weejuns," remembers Cathy Ellis Connery (72). "It was like a 
very clear demarcation that hit in about 1971 or '72. Suddenly 
everyone was wearing those Mexican blouses you could buy in 
Hillsboro Village. I had this electric blue pair of crushed velvet 
bell-bottoms with a macrame belt and a top that snapped at the 
crotch and was psychedelic. And 1 wore it to school! That H 

probably was the outfit that sent them to uniforms." 

From about the late 1960s forward, Harpeth Hall's board of 
trustees debated uniforms each year, with the "nays" a bare 
majority. The decision was delayed in 1971 when it was decreed 
that students could wear pants. The following year, 
Headmistress Idanelle McMurry made the executive decision to adopt uniforms. These were optional tor seniors and for 
the junior class. Even with uniforms, the skirt controversy raged on. "They were so short! I don't know how we sat down!" 
said one alumna. Finally it was decreed that the skirts would be no shorter than three inches above the knee. "It was my 
worst job," says then-Student Council President Beth Lewis Murphy ('71) of enforcing the hem law. "I used to beg my 
friends: 'Please, please don't make me send you home.'" Lewis had been given the job by the faculty, who also disliked 
the task. 

Suitable subjects for study were changing, too. As the 1970s opened, the senior class president and a student council 
representative requested that the school add courses in philosophy and in the "soft sciences" of psychology and sociology. 
Harpeth Hall students who wanted to study physics went to courses at Montgomery Bell Academy, a nearby boys' school. 
Harpeth Hall started a chapter of the Cum Laude Society in 1973 to recognize academic excellence. Entrance in the 
society was the school's highest academic honor. 

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These moves solidified the school's reputation as challenging and demanding. The Winterim program was another 
academic and professional stride forward. The program was established in the 1972-1973 school year by Miss McMurry, 
who charged Peter Minton, the first dean of the Upper School, with executing the initial efforts. The goal of Winterim 
was to give girls an opportunity to learn a new skill or sport, work at an internship off-campus or travel abroad to 
experience a different culture. Younger students stayed on campus and explored unconventional curriculum options, such 
as bridge or yoga. Even parents were curious about what Dr. Marney might be teaching in her yearly sex education class. 

As for the other major change in society, Harpeth Hall offered an excellent educational option for Nashville parents 
dissatisfied with the long bus rides and frequent changes of school created by Metro Nashville's busing plan, enacted in 1971. 

Harpeth Hall had added seventh and eighth grades, the Daugh W. Smith Middle School, in 1968 and added a sixth 
grade in 1971. The 1975 freshman class, the first class subject to busing in 1971, was the largest in the school's history. 
The surge of interest in Harpeth Hall must have been a relief for the school's management and supporters, as interest in 
private, single-gender schools was dwindling elsewhere. "Coeducation" was the byword on campuses. Indeed, several boys' 
schools in the Nashville area would not see the end of the decade. 

By 1973, the student body numbered 551, thirty-four of whom were children of alumnae, known as "legacies." The 
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space large enough. Health classes were held in the basement of Souby Hall, known as the Mole Run. Other classes met 
in the conference room and in classrooms under the auditorium. 

In 1975, the original auditorium was renovated into two floors of much needed classroom space. The floors were 
named the Louise Bullard Wallace Educational Wing. Ground was broken in 1976 tor the auditorium/ 

gymnasium/studio/gallery complex that would later be known as 
the McMurry Center for Arts and Athletics. The Center 
comprises the Frances Bond Davis Auditorium, Catherine E. 
Morrison Gymnasium and the Marine Sheridan Gallery. 

The new space changed the way things were done at Harpeth 
Hall. Physical education offerings had largely consisted of team 
sports, such as field hockey, tennis and basketball. The new 
athletic facility included studios that allowed for early aerobics- 
type classes called body dynamics and dance classes such as ja::, 
tap, modern and ballet. Girls who were not especially competitive 
suddenly had a whole new way to be physically active. With the 
Marnie Sheridan Gallery open, the school held an exhibit of the 
work by the first art teacher at Harpeth Hall, Lenora Litkenhous, 
in September 1977. A hugely popular alumnae art exhibit 
followed in the fall of 1978. 


Dr. Daugh W. Smith, a founder of Harpeth Hall and 
chairman of the hoard of trustees for 25 years, was one of the 
mainstays of the Harpeth Hall community from the first. 
When Dr. Smith retired as chairman in 1977, the trustees 
bestowed on him the title of Chairman Emeritus and life 
member of the board and awarded him the Dede Bullard 
Wallace Award for Distinguished Service to Harpeth Hall. 
His love for the school can still be seen on the campus. He 
had a special touch and a unique knowledge of growing 
things. He could literally call each tree, shrub and flower by 
name and personally supervised all planting and cultivation 
of the campus landscaping. 

Dr. Smith was also a champion of education for young 
women. He was consistent in his efforts to keep Harpeth 
Hall an outstanding independent school for girls and played 
a leading role in each major building project on the campus: 
the Bullard Gymnasium and classroom addition in 1954; the 
Annie C. Allison Library in 1966; the Daugh W. Smith 
Middle School in 1968; the Wallace Wing in 1975; and the 
McMurry Center in 1977. His dream for many years had 
been a new science building to replace the crowded 
chemistry and biology laboratories and to provide space for 
the computer sciences. He also wanted an addition to the 
Middle School to accommodate the sixth grade classrooms. 
Both dreams were fulfilled after his death in 1983. 

Dr. Smith's immeasurable gift of love and time to 
Harpeth Hall remain unequaled. As the plaque in the Daugh 
W. Smith Memorial Garden appropriately reads, "He did not 
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"When the McMurry Center was built, I went over there and met Miss McMurry. We talked for four hours," said Leslie Matthews (Mullins), who 
was employed to start Harpeth Hall's dance program in 1977. "You can credit her and Miss Patty with the decision to add dance to the curriculum. A 
girls' school is conducive to it. There were a lot of students who didn't want to do a team sport. But there was an increased interest in athleticism. It 
was a tremendous success. The first dance club meeting, I had 85 people show up." 

Dance offered an opportunity (or both personal expression for those not handy with pastels and good exercise, as well as lessons in posture and 
body control. For many young dancers, it was a way to exercise without participating in a competitive or team sport. 

"1 have very poor eye-hand coordination, and I'm not competitive," said Ms. Matthews. "The wonderful thing about dance is the only competition 

is within yourself. Other people don't agree with that. But in my philosophy it's every 
dancer's journey." More than grace and athleticism, dance offers the world in a 
nutshell, Matthews believes. "I also think it teaches you life's lessons in a way. There's 
structure and beauty and discipline and guidelines for running your life. It's one of the 
reasons the arts are so important in an academic environment." 
■b^J ' Besides teaching dance classes in the physical education department, Ms. 

Matthews was the dance club sponsor, putting on the spring dance concert for 22 years 
until, with mixed feelings, she handed over the spring 2000 concert to Tina Trinkler 
Cowlyn ('83), a former Harpeth Hall student. 

For a year in the mid-'70s, the drama department performed in the cafeteria, 
putting on The Crucible and You Can't Take it With You among the tables and 
chairs. That ended with the new auditorium. Cinderella was the first musical 
done in the new space. Blithe' Spirit was produced in the fall of 1978. The 
Matchmaker was the spring 1979 school production. The Montgomery Bell 
Academy and Harpeth Hall choruses teamed up for Pirates of Penzance in 1978. 
The first-ever student dance concert was held on the new stage in 1978. The 
better space and sound system made it possible for the school to bring in outside 
performers like Gene Cotton and Ray Stevens as well as better appreciate the 
singing talents of students like Amy Grant (78), who frequently performed 
during assembly. While still a student at Harpeth Hall, Amy Grant released her 
first album, entitled Am^ Grant. 

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Women's athletics wete expanding in the 1970s as ttaditional spotts such 
as field hockey and half-court basketball fell out of favor and new ones such 
as aerobics and dance appeared. Before the school joined the city league 
(then called the NIL) in the mid-'70s, basketball rivals were limited to St. 
Cecilia, St. Bernard and independent girls' schools in Chattanooga and 
Memphis, remembers Beth Lewis Murphy ('71 ). "It seemed like Harpeth Hall 
didn't have many athletes. But we did! They were all playing on church 
teams," she says. And it's true that power players Cathy Dale McCain, Evelyn 
Byrd Blackmon, Susan Duvier Bass and Douglass Smith (all 73) played for 
the First Presbyterian team. 

The school joined the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association 
in 1974- The previous year the association passed a rule that students could play either church basketball ot school 
basketball, but not both. "I couldn't understand why our best players were playing church league instead of school. It's 
because that's where they had always played," says Murphy. The switch was made from half-court to full-court basketball. 
"It was hard-tought," says Pat Moran, physical education instructor and coach from 1956 to 1996. "The men who coached 
gitls didn't want it. They didn't think the draw would be there for girls' basketball it they played like boys. The women 
wanted it. What finally turned the worm was the fact that Pat Summit [coach of women's basketball at University of 
Tennessee] said, 'I will not recruit a girl from Tennessee if she hasn't played full-court basketball.'" 

Tennis enjoyed a gigantic surge in popularity in the 1970s. In pleasant weather, every tennis court in Nashville was 
full, and indoor courts were built for winter play. Harpeth Hall's own courts were very popular with the surrounding 
neighborhoods. Beginning in the eatly 1970s, the school fielded a series of dominant teams. On the strength of players 
like Laurie Copple Power ('76) , Grace Trammel ('75), Caroline McNeilly Bartholomew ('76) and Susan Bradley ('79), 
these teams won the NIL championship tour years in a row between 1973 and 1976. 


Begun in 1972, the track program had an impressive 
record by 1976. This was due in part to runner Margaret Groos 
Sloan ('77), a standout even among her talented teammates. 
She set a national record in the mile run at an Optimist meet 
at Overton High School during the 1974-75 year, clocking 
4:59.05. She bested that time at the state championship with 
a time of 4:52.3. Harpeth Hall won the state track title that 
year. Following graduation, Groos set a world record in the indoor 5,000 meter run, and in 1988, she won the marathon 
at the U.S. Olympic Trials. English teacher Dr. Betty Marney shares this anecdote about Groos' impressive speed: "We 
had a water balloon attack from BGA students while I was there . . . She [Margaret] was sitting in Dorothea Griffin's math 
class. These guys came down the hall throwing water 
balloons. Margaret asked if she could chase them, and 
Dorothea agreed. They must have thought Wonder Woman 
was chasing them because she was so fleet of foot. They 
were scrambling to get in their truck. But they blew it 
because she got their license number." 

In the late 1970s, Harpeth Hall simply dominated the 
track scene, taking district championships, regional runner- 
ups and state championships in cross country. Even the 

Middle School excelled: in 1977-78, the Middle School track team was the HVAC champion. Field hockey was having 
its last varsity hurrah, as fewer and fewer nearby schools offered it. "We had varsity field hockey, but the only varsity we 
could play was Sewanee. For us to travel to the Northeast was not even an option. I remember one time going to Sewanee 
to play field hockey against a college team. We showed up in our kilts and they thought we were ready to play because 
you play hockey in kilts," recalls Susan Thornton ('76), who also won a state title in the shot put. Around the time field 
hockey was dropped in the late 1970s, volleyball slid in to take its place as a varsity sport. 

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The idea came from Aurie Hall and Frances Diefendorf Svvensson (both 77): the student council would dress as mobsters and kidnap the student 
body, then take them on a picnic. It was Arts Festival Week at the school, and FALCASMJAKS (name derived from the first initial of all student 
council members' names) had been promoted as a classical performing group that would be putting on a concert. "Miss Hensley was in on it from the 
beginning," remembers Jennie Diefendorf Renwick (79). "Miss McMurry had to okay it. And Miss [Kay] Parker knew. That was it. 

"It was when assembly was still in the gym," she said. "Everybody was sitting down on the floor. We acted like we were kidnapping them. We had 
buses behind Souby Hall. We filed everybody out and put them on buses and took them to Edwin Warner to the picnic areas." It was a field day, with 
sack lunches and silly games, an ideal way to spend a spring day. Students talked about it for weeks. 

But there's a postscript. Two students, Tori Stevenson Wimberly and Louise Sullivan Ward (both 78) apparently couldn't bear the thought of a 
classical concert and were hiding in the library, skipping assembly. "When they came out, everybody was gone but the cars were there. Ton says it was 
like a time warp or the twilight zone. They got scared, so they got in their cars and went home," says Mrs. Renwick. 

Another tremendous student athlete was Tracy Caulkins Stockwell ('81), part of a winning swim team that never 
practiced together and had no pool. "Everyone was AAU. I remember we won the state meet hecause everyone on the 
team won their events," said teammate Jeanne Harris Broadwell ('79). Tracy was remarkably able to juggle her school work 
with a grueling tour-hour-a-day, six-day-a-week practice schedule. She remarked, "That meant doing homework in the car, 
making the most of study hall. Basically it meant using your time wisely and being quite disciplined." Tracy won her first 
national title in 1977 and, in 1978, won five gold medals and one silver medal at the World Championships in Berlin. At 
the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, she won three gold medals. Miss Patty attended to cheer her on. 

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In the memories of students, the instructors and staff of Harpeth Hall were as much a cast of characters as they were 
instructors. The school was fortunate that the decade of change didn't much alter the composition of the faculty. 

Mrs. Ottarson is the first name on many alumnae lips when asked about memorable teachers in the 1970s. Jencie 
Adams Tipton ('75) was in her Latin class, hut she definitely remembered more about the shoes than the class. "Betsy 
Nesbitt, Debbie Davis and I would keep a running list of the shoes she wore and when she wore them," she says. "I think 
she had 100 or so pairs." Students found the varieties of shoes fascinating too: chartreuse Mary Janes and espadnlles 
decorated with tulips or daisies. "She'd get in that car and rev it up and smoke would pour out," says Lacy Jamison Nelson 
('76). "All you could see when she 'took oft' were her two gloved hands," wrote Mrs. Tipton. 

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Senor Pavia, a Spanish teacher in the Upper School, was another memorable figure for the girls. His courtly manners, 
dramatic accent, playful manner and petite frame were as memorable as his leisurely teaching style and apparently full 
social schedule. A Volkswagen owner, Pavia was one of only a handful of teachers to make it to school in the terrible 
snowstorm of January 1978. Another student recalled his bringing in corn cakes from Nero's Cactus Canyon, a Green 
Hills restaurant, to share with the class. 

Students favored personable science teacher Betsy Malone and dedicated the 1974-75 yearbook to her as the senior 
class's sponsor. She was also a Winterim sponsor to marine biology camp in Big Pine Key around that time. Thus she was 
front and center in the public bus the group was riding when Winterim student Chris Woolwine Bettis ('77) grabbed the 
microphone and sang "Life is a Cabaret" to the other, doubtless astonished, riders. In 1998-99, Mrs. Malone was named 
director of the Middle School. 


When Harpeth Hall decided to start a Middle School in 1968, Headmistress Idanelle McMurry called on her old Ward-Belmont and Vanderbilt 
classmate Polly Fessey to be head of the school. At the time, Miss Fessey was working with the Girl Scouts. She had worked as executive director of 
what is now the Cumberland Valley Girl Scout Council before moving to Memphis to work with the national staff of the Girl Scouts. It was at the 
1968 Ward-Belmont reunion that Miss McMurry asked her to head up the new Middle School. 

"We were starting from scratch. The first year we kind of learned as we went. We really approached it as a team . . . like 'We really have a 
wonderful opportunity here. Let's make the most of it,'" says Miss Fessey. The Middle School began with 140 students in seventh and eighth grades 
and a faculty of experienced teachers. "We felt our responsibility was to train girls for the Upper School, to instill in them the love of learning and to 
prepare them to make the best of their high school years," she adds. 

Her biggest challenge, she says, was to create an atmosphere of learning 
and to make it an atmosphere that made it enjoyable to learn. "Pulling these 
two things together took a little doing," Miss Fessey remarks. "It was a happy 
atmosphere . . ." 

Miss Fessey is remembered for her even-keeled, quiet approach to 
administration. "She was steadfast and supportive. She was there for you. She 
came to all the games," remembers Babs Young Behar (79). She was also 
remembered for her dog, who is included in most of her yearbook portraits. 
Miss Fessey served as interim headmistress in 1979-80 following Miss 
McMurry's resignation. She then returned to the Middle School where she 
worked until her retirement in 1989. 



From 1971 to 1974, some Middle School students were fortunate to take a 
class from renowned southern author Lee Smith (Seay), who taught seventh 
grade English and creative writing. Smith said, "I loved it. I believe in single-sex 
education because ot the freedom it gives kids. It frees you up from your biology 
tor a little bit of the day." She loved teaching young people, she says, "because 
when you're 12 years old, everything is new. Suddenly, they are often times 
having very adult vocabularies and intuitions and ideas." Smith's third novel, 
Fancy Strut, was published in 1973 while she was at Harpeth Hall. 

Physical education instructor Mrs. Moran is remembered for encouraging 
athletics without being radical. She was the senior class sponsor in 1976, and 

they called her "Mom" Moran. Ginger Osborn [Justus] ('66) was hired in 1973 to teach the new philosophy class. An 

alumna herself and working on a doctorate, her own passion for intellectual stimulation set an example for her students. 
Steve Kramer taught both American and advanced placement history and was thought by many students to be a 

dreamboat as well. "That good-looking Steve Kramer," summed up Karin Adams Barro (77). "He was a smart, very 

effective teacher. He knew how to 

get his point across," says Alison 

Cunningham Anderson ('79). He 

required his students to read the 

Perspective section ot the Sunday 

newspaper so they would be exposed 

to international news. He also 

coached a series of unstoppable track 

teams in the 1970s. Kramer was also 

remembered for his sapphire blue Ma:da PvX-7. "He covered it every day," recalls Shelly Pearson Peterson ('79). In 1979, 

the students held an intormal "Cover Your Car" day. "We all brought sheets and covered our cars." 



Janet Hensley served the school for many years, teaching ancient history in the Middle School and later serving as 
dean of the Upper School. "I remember her smoking in the teachers' lounge," recalls Susan Thornton ('76). "I walked 
through the office one day, and she was leaning up against the radiator with a cigarette. I walked by and took it away. 
When she went to take a drag, there was nothing there," she laughed. Susan also recalled that Miss Hensley "was the best 
teacher I ever had. She just made you work and made you think." Anita Woodcock Schmid ('68) accepted a job offer to 
teach psychology from Headmistress Idanelle "Sam" McMurry on the same day she got a cat. "It had a white stripe on its 
head, so 1 named it Sam," she recalls. 

Some instructors were loved just for being 
themselves: history teacher Violet Jane Watkins was an 
animated lecturer and avid birdwatcher. She brought her 
binoculars to class with her so as not to miss a single 
avian specimen. Patty Chadwell is remembered tor her 
pleated skirt and crisp white shirt, rhythmics class and 
her tender concern tor the George Washington birthday 
costumes. Study hall supervisor Germaine VanCleemput 
was recalled tor her distinctive German accent. Betty 
Marney's quick wit, sharp tongue and expressive eyebrow 
captivated students, as did Dona Gower's extraordinary hair-do, ever-present shawl and glamorous lipstick. 

Dr. Martha Overholser, like many legendary teachers, was both feared and admired. Many students recall that she gave 
two grades to each paper: one tor composition and another tor spelling. Woe betide the weak speller. She was awarded the 
Dede Bullard Wallace Award tor outstanding service to the school in teaching in 1975. "1 learned more about grammar, 
word usage, and vocabulary from her than from any other teacher before or since," says Lacy Jamison Nelson (76). 

At the close ot the 1970s, Dr. Overholser surprised everyone by announcing that she would retire. "No one ever 
surprises me as much as myself. 1 am so wrapped up in my teaching that I never thought I'd ever want to quit!" she told 
the alumnae publication. The mystery was solved a tew weeks later when she added that she would marry Dr. Laurence 1. 




The junior class fashioned a chapter of the American Field Service in 1971, with the aim of "turning places into people," wrote Lonnie Nelson 
Frey, the chapter's sponsor, by bringing foreign students to campus and sending Harperh Hall students elsewhere. AFS students spending a year at 
Harpeth Hall included Paula Ripon from New Zealand, who was hosted by the Nelson Andrews family; Jane Gardiner from South Africa, a tennis 
enthusiast who spent the 1974-1975 academic year at the school, living with the Owsley Cheeks; and Rita Props, a Belgian student, hosted by the 
Rascoe Davis family. The school sent Beth Davis (74) to Malaysia as its first AFS exchange student. Jac Reiners came from Germany for the 1975- 

1976 school year. 

Sema Aygor from Turkey attended during the 1973-1974 academic year. Her host family, the family of Margarer Millis Faust ('74), attended her 

1977 wedding in Turkey (interestingly, it was not an arranged marriage). Italian Alessandra Dechigi stayed with the Guv Pennington family in 1977- 
78. Like many Europeans, Alessandra was multilingual and politically far more sophisticated than American teenagers. She disliked skirts, so the 
school uniform was a challenge for her. On the other hand, she was delighted by the school's carpeted floors. 

But the most distinctive of the AFS students was the first, Manely Ramirez- Abella, of La Plata, Argentina, who visited in 1970-1971. She lived 
with the family of Donna Tanner ('72). She was pretty and dimpled and came from a well-to-do family. When she returned to Argentina, she became 
politically active against the military junta. It was a bold step, because the government had a sinister way of handling citizen protest: they kidnapped 
and killed them. One estimate holds that one person on every block in every Argentine city "disappeared," and in tact that was the term for them: 
los desaparacedos . 

Manely (pronounced muh-NELLI) kept in touch with the Tanners after she married. She knew her activism was dangerous. In a 1976 letter 
to the Tanners, she wrote, "If I die soon, 1 would like you to know how much 1 love you, what a wonderful time I had when I was part of the 
family . . . if something happens to me, please don't be sad because I chose this, and I'm happy because I tight tor the happiness of all my people." She 
married and had a baby boy. When the baby was a few months old, on December 29, 1977, the whole family was kidnapped from their home. The 
parents were killed within days, but the baby turned up at the local police department in February and was raised by his grandparents. 

Years later, in the early 1990s, a performance at a Harpeth Hall dance concert told Manely's story. "They had her face on their costumes," recalls 
Sue Fort White ('73). "They did an incredible piece about the oppression and that whole horrible time, and it was in memory of Manely." 


Hewes, Jr. An even more profound personnel change also came in 1979 when Miss 
McMurry announced that she would leave Harpeth Hall tor a post at Hockaday, a 
girls' preparatory school in Dallas. At commencement ceremonies that year, board of 
trust chair John S. Beasley II awarded Miss McMurry the Dede Bullard Wallace 
Award, saying to the graduates, "like you, she takes with her the sum of Harpeth Hall, 
and like you she leaves behind the aura of what she is, what she has accomplished, 
what she stands for." She was told that the new arts and athletics complex would 
henceforth bear her name. And finally, she was sent away with a gift of the times: a 
silver cigarette box. 

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Conventional wisdom was that life at a girls' school was 
confining. But in tact, during a time like the 1970s, when it could 
he difficult to get one's bearings, a girls' school was liberating. At 
a girls' school, a young woman was just another student. There was 
an encouraging atmosphere in which to experiment with new 
ideas, new directions and new activities. The absence of boys 
made it possible to concentrate on studies and develop friendships. 
Probably it was just as well that there were no boys around because 
the rules of courtship and dating were changing. In the spirit of 
experimentation, Student Council President Susan Duvier Bass 
('73) decided to try a little social engineering with the fall dance 
in 1972. The theme was Magical Mystery Tour. "I wanted girls that 
didn't have dates to come to the dance. I had a friend named 
Charles Flexner at Webb School in Bell Buckle, Tennessee. We 
arranged for a busload of boys from Webb," she remembers. "We 
thought it was going to be great, but it was miserable. Everyone 
was so self-conscious, and it was 
all so contrived. We renamed it 
Magical Misery Tour." 


The organization Penstaff had started at Ward-Belmont 
and made the transition smoothly and intact to Harpeth 
Hall. The sponsor during the 1970s was Sarah Frost Stamps, 
instructor in English from 1970 to 1985. The usual teen 
concerns of heartache and death, angst and sex, crop up over 
and over, along with a sprinkling ot humor, photographs and 
line art. It being the 1970s, meter, verse and rhyme were 
discarded in favor of a free-form style. 

I remember, in the sixth grade , 

I was short and I had 

Short hair, bobby socks , glasses 

and saddle shoes 

And I would sit by myself and watch 

Those tall, longhaired, beautiful girls . 

They laughed and talked (very sophisticated) 

And I watched. 

And in the eighth grade , the girls talked about 

Dates and football games ami makeup 

And I sat and watched and thought. 

"Wait until I'm a Senior. Theit I'll be 

tall arid have beautiful long hair. " 

So 1 waited. 

Now I'm a Senior 

And I'm short and I have 

Short hair, bobby socks , glasses , 

And saddle shoes. 

— LucyC. Adkins('76) 

In 1974, the student council 
tried something else: sending blind invitations to men for the first (and only) Stags No 
Dtag dance. After those two experiments, just calling a boy and asking him on a date 
seemed reasonably normal. 

Middle School Combo 1971 


On campuses all across the country, students were protesting. The protests were 

largely rooted in opposition to the Vietnam War, hut they created an atmosphere in 

which protesting was increasingly accepted. Native Americans protested their 

mistreatment; Berkeley students seized vacant land for a people's park. And as the 

decade opened, Harpeth Hall got caught in the frenzy. Student Council President 

Beth Tanner ('70) wanted to abolish many of the school's institutions and traditions, 

such as the intramural clubs. "Miss McMurry said it was like a black cloud had come 

over Harpeth Hall because it was the beginning of all that protest. We'd have 

assemblies where they would play music on acoustic guitars and sing protest songs," says Susan Duvier Bass ('73). 

In a lighter spirit, seniors held a protest in front of the Senior House in 1970. They gathered in the shape of a B+ to 

ask that final exams for seniors be waived if they had a B+ or better average. Their request was denied. As if the women's 

movement, desegregation, the culture of protest, shifting standards 
and strange clothes weren't enough, the '70s also ushered in the era 
of drugs and alcohol. With the drinking age in Tennessee being 18 in 
the early 1970s, "people would go to TGI Friday's after school to 
meet their boyfriends," remembers Cathy Ellis Connery ('72). 
Indeed, it wasn't unusual to run into students in local bars such as the 
Cockeyed Camel, since many seniors were 18 years old, and plenty 
of 17-year-olds appeared to be 18. It was an era of lax attitudes 
toward teenage drinking at any rate, and requests for identification 
were uncommon. 

Headmistress McMurry didn't recall drugs being much of a 
problem at Harpeth Hall, though it's certain students tried them on 
their own time. Miss McMurry said the drug situation in the 1970s 


was largely something 1 could tight because it was really rare. 



In the words of Dr. Marney, as a prank on Junior- Senior 
Day, junior Deborah Ezell Denson ('78) parked her Volvo 
sedan and blocked the access to the senior parking lot. 
"Someone came flying into my class talking about it. 1 went 
down there and sure enough that car was sitting there. 1 was 
told Deborah was in Spanish with Mr. Pavia. Phyllis 
Pennington leaned out the window and told us there were 
some fruit flies available from the lab. We hastily put the 
plan together. I knocked (on the door of Mr. Pavia's class) 
and asked to speak to Deborah. 'Give me your keys,' I said. 
She kept saying she would move the car herself, but I wasn't 
about to get her out there. 1 used a horribly stern voice and 
told her to sit down and study. She felt she was in trouble. 

"The fruit flies were put into the car, and the car was 
driven elsewhere on the campus. It being a nice warm day, 
the fruit flies did what fruit flies do ... . Deborah came 
outside at the end of class, and she was ballistic. Janet 
Hensley said that Deborah was using a series ot unsavory and 
unladylike words. Sam (McMurry) was out of town. When 
she came back the next Monday, she was in the faculty 
lounge, and she said, 'I hear there was an incident on Junior- 
Senior day.' And I said, 'No, Deborah Ezell just got 

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The 1976 George Washington Birthday Celebration was a 
particularly hig deal — the year of America's bicentennial. Because 
the class of '79 was so large, it added tableaux to the traditional 
lineup of birthday events. One was a short skit depicting young 
George's childhood, and another illustrated his successes as general. 

Bake sales raged on and on as a great way to raise money among 
a perpetually hungry student body. One year the bake sale was 
supplanted by a sale of Reese's peanut butter cups to raise money 
tor the new auditorium. Other interesting fund raisers during the 
decade included a Ms. Harpeth Hall contest in '74 and '75 (the 
winner wore a stole made of kilts); an antique car auction in 1977; 
and a charity horse show in 1978. 

The Senior House got a soft drink machine in 1977, which 
Elizabeth Wright Ralph ('77) called one of the most memorable 
things that happened during her time at the school. "Everything 
was in bottles. The diet Dr. Pepper was the most popular thing. 
1 reloaded the Coke machine. 1 kept the key on my kilt pin," 
she said. 

Lunch remained the high point of every day in every student's 
lite. In 1975, the favored meal was crackers with ice cream. "We 
RAN to lunch and then we would only eat fries and crackers," 
remembers Betsy Settle Brittain ('76). "The Belle Meade Cafeteria 
food was awful, yet everyone would run to be first in line." The 


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vogue that year was to eat the crackers with Thousand Island dressing. It was 
the age of dieting, and every 100 calories counted. Egg and prune diets 
were unaccountably popular, as was the Stillman Water Diet. Adelaide Davis 
Stevens (79) confirms that by the end of the decade, the lunch menu was "Tab 
and crackers." 

Many students will always remember the day in mid-decade when a 
neighborhood boy stripped off his clothes, donned a stocking cap for 
anonymity and "streaked" across the Harpeth Hall campus. "The teachers had 
to peel us oft the windows," recalls Adelaide Davis Stevens ('79). 

Cafeteria Staff 

With the war over, integration achieved, environmental issues on the table and women in control of their child- 
bearing and moving into the workplace, the youthful drive to change the world had dramatically diminished. As the 

decade drew to a close, it was as if the early 1970s had never 
happened. Gone were the floaty fashions and peasant duds that made 
a statement; the clothes long worn by prep school students were in 
vogue everywhere. Toga parties, rather than activism, had become 
the rage. A social reformer was supplanted in the Oval Office by an 
actor. Even the 1979 Milestones seemed to have amnesia stating: "It 
seems time changes nothing at Harpeth Hall; the ivy and ttees merely 
grow a little taller and the lions a bit more tarnished." 

The theme song of a junior class play at the end of the decade 
really says it all: "Be Young, Be Foolish, But Be Happy." At the close 
of the decade, it seemed like a worthwhile goal. 

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lile the 1980s were at times fraught 


with uncertainty due to the attempt on 
President Reagan's life, the Iran hostage crisis 
and the explosion of the space shuttle 
Challenger, the overall imprint the '80s left 
was one of promise. "Tear down that wall" 
were the words heard around the globe as 
President Reagan called for a climactic end to 
the Berlin Wall. The boom of the personal 
computer and the Internet signaled unprece- 

dented advances in information and technol- 

ogy and paved the way for a global economy. 
The 1980s proved particularly dynamic for 
women. The groundwork laid in the 1960s 
and 1970s was being realized as doors opened 
up for young women, who were finally able 
to recognize their full potential as contribu- 
tors to their community, their families and 

their world. 



Harpeth Hall welcomed the 
technological and. global age with a 
wide variety of initiatives felt 
throughout the student and faculty 
population. The school witnessed 
advances in curriculum, buildings 
and grounds and athletic facilities. It 
also experienced changes in faculty 
and staff, in traditions and in the 
way it related to the community at 
large. Throughout it all, Harpeth 
Hall continued to provide a nurtur- 
ing, safe environment where young 
women could grow academically, 
artistically and personally, develop- 
ing leadership and life skills that 
would carry them on to great 

achievements. It was indeed an 

exciting time to be at Harpeth Hall. 

For Harpeth Hall students in the '80s, there were always some 
new and exciting changes taking place on campus. Sometimes, it was 
as simple as the entrance, "or is that the exit now? No, I think they 
changed it back to the entrance last week!" at Hobhs Road chang- 
ing... or the renovation of the original library in Souhy Hall which 
had since been divided into offices and was now transformed into the 

Bear Lair 1 

memorabilia-filled Ward-Belmont Room. In 1984 the study hall was 
refurbished and christened the Bear Lair — a favorite hangout for stu- 
dents during free time. 

By the tall of 1984, Little Harpeth became a thing of the past, 
paving the way for the new Massey Center for Mathematics and 
Science. Cone were the old biology and chemistry labs and those 
great cubbyholes. Because of the ongoing construction, sunbathing 
was strictly prohibited that year. By the beginning of the next school 

Dorothy Cate Frist ana 
granddaughter Corinne Frist 

year, the Math and Science Center with state-of-the-art classrooms and 
science lahs was finally completed . . . and the sunbathing ban was lifted. 

The 1985-86 school year also saw 
the addition of the new sixth grade 
building to the Daugh W. Smith 
Middle School. Dorothy Cate Frist 
Hall was dedicated on October 3, 
1985. Man-Kate Hopper ('92) said, 
"I was in the last sixth grade class 
('85-86) to be under the library and the first class to use Frist Hall. 
What a vast difference!" 

A campaign began in 1983 to provide funds for the Math and 
Science Center and Frist Hall and also included $1 million tor the 
endowment and plans tor expanded athletic facilities. In May 1987 fund 
raising continued for these athletic facilities, and, in October 1987, 
Harpeth Hall hosted its first one-hour tun run, "Run tor the Green," 
involving students, faculty, parents, alumnae and trustees. Proceeds 
from this successful event were used tor landscaping for the new 
facility. More than spirits were "razed" during construction of the track, 
however. Several Indian graves estimated at 600-800 years old were 
almost bulldozed, but were respectfully and carefully moved to another 
site. Also in the fall of 1987, the new Patty Chadwell Tennis Courts 
were dedicated to the endearing Miss Patty, who retired in 1981 after 
being involved in practically every facet of the school's operations since 
it opened. 


A very special place on campus was dedicated on 
May 19, 1985 — the Leigh Horton Garden. Originally 
the Ward-Belmont Garden, the beautifully landscaped 
Leigh Horton Garden features a sculpture of a young girl 
reading a book and a fountain bearing a plaque inscribed 
with, "For every joy that passes, something beautiful 
remains." A gazebo in the center of the garden provides 
a spot for students and faculty to spend quiet moments. 
Leigh Horton passed away in 1984 after a long battle 
with cancer. She would have 
graduated in 1985. 

On the occasion of her death, 
English teacher Tom Young wrote the following poem: 

We met stretched out and dorjng in the grass 
Your best friends baffled, absent, going dot 

To dot. 
The sun was on us all, only heavier 
On the flesh we wanted you to have . In 

"My Last Duchess" 
We read of pert Lucrexia, dead at seventeen, 
Locked in a body not her own . 
I know I have never taught so well 
As thinking what Lucrezia might have been 
And of this one old world you would see 

Only today. 
Afterwards , u'hen you needed to rest 
And were proud to say 'Ask me about the Duchess , ' 
Something bloomed and broke mside of me . 


Harpeth Hall has always been fortunate to attract those special teachers who truly loved the art and philosophy of 
teaching as well as staff and administrators who took pride in seeing how the students grew over the years. While the 
school said good-bye to some of its favorite faculty members, it also welcomed new staff during this decade. The 1980s 

began with a change in leadership. In 1980, David E. Wood 
was appointed the new headmaster. Hilrie Brown took over 
as admissions director in 1986. Jane Berry Jacques (72) 
began as college counselor and dean of students in 1982. In 
1989, Lindy B. Sayers took over the helm as head of the 
Middle School following Polly Fessey's retirement. 

The most dramatic faculty change occurred in March of 
1984 when several teachers simultaneously resigned in 
protest of a still-talked-about administrative decision. 
Mistakes were made by all the parties involved, and philo- 
sophical differences kept people at odds. It was one of the darker moments for Harpeth Hall, and one that changed the 
face of the school for several years. In the end, though, the school is bigger than any one individual, and the loss of sev- 
eral outstanding teachers ultimately paved the way for 
a new faculty with a new commitment to Harpeth Hall, 
its students and its mission. 

In 1981 the men's club initiated a tradition of fac- 
ulty appreciation by presenting Harpeth Hall chairs to 
selected faculty and staff who set an outstanding exam- 
ple. Currently, Faculty Appreciation Day recognizes the 

recipients of the coveted named, endowed chairs. 

Faculty Appreciation Da; 

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David Wood, who joined Harpeth Hall in 1980 after serving 15 years 
as director of admissions at Vandethilt and a four-year stint at all-male 
UMS preparatory school in Mobile, Alabama, says one of his guiding 
principles is "do what you are good at." For Wood, that means connecting 
with students. "I was always into sports so showing up for their games was 
something I liked to do, and it helped me get to know the parents as well as 
the students," Wood says. During the 11 years he was at Harpeth Hall, he fii 
ures he attended several hundred volleyball games, track meets, plays and basketball 
games. "I tried to go to all the events to show my support for the girls," explains Wood. 
"For me, the nicest thing a student can say is, 'Thanks for coming.'" 

Wood was also good at maintaining and developing other programs that benefited students at the school. "1 inherited a wonderful school," he 
says. "We just implemented a few changes and additions to the program to make it an even better school. Among the programs that he enhanced were 
the theatre program and the Harpeth Hall chorus. Attendance at all performances was record-breaking, and he also initiated two summer all-school 
community plays, M^ Fair Lady and The Music Man, which played to packed audiences. 

In the area of student support, he started the Key Club to increase student involvement in community setvice and inaugurated the Father- 
Daughtet Banquet and the annual college tour. He also created a room for the students, which he named the Bear Lair. All of these additions are still 
in place today. In the academic area, Wood was instrumental in obtaining the Motehead Scholarship nomination to the University of North Carolina 
for Harpeth Hall. Nomination for the Morehead Scholarship, which covers all college expenses, is open to only two schools in Tennessee. Cey Gray 
('83) was the first student from Harpeth Hall to be awarded this prestigious scholarship. Wood also introduced computer classes that were very pop- 
ular with the students. Strengthening of the math and science departments encouraged many students to continue with math and science classes for 
all four years of high school. 

During his tenure, Wood increased the number of male faculty members and hired some exceptional young, talented classroom teachers. "Because 
so many girls lived in homes where there was no male presence, they needed some male role models," he explained. In addition, he raised funds to 
establish an endowment for professional development and enrichment for the faculty. 

In 1981, one year aftet his arrival, Wood established the school's development program by putting in place the first full-time director of devel- 
opment. This program set the stage to launch a $3 million capital campaign in 1983 to secure funds to build the Mathematics and Science Center, 
now the Jack C. Massey Center, an addition to the Middle School, Dorothy Cate Frist Hall and $1 million for the endowment. Later, in 1987, a sec- 
ond campaign was initiated to build an eight-lane 400-meter track with a soccer field enclosed, a field house, and two sottball fields. 

Wood believes his greatest accomplishment at Harpeth Hall may be in making the school environment a happier place for students. While there, 
he learned every girl's name and became familiar with her interests. He had a special talent for helping a girl find her "niche," resulting in increased 
self-esteem and school spirit among the students. And, he made a real effort to be accessible to students, faculty and parents alike. His office door was 
open to all. 

In 1990, Wood left Harpeth Hall to become the principal of the upper school at Pace Academy in Atlanta and to be near his ailing mother. In 
1995, he became headmaster at St. Andrew's Episcopal School in Jackson, Mississippi. When he and Margie, his wife of 41 years, have time to remi- 
nisce, they agree that their 1 1 years at Harpeth Hall were special to them. He once wrote, "The first day I stepped on the campus as headmastet of 
Harpeth Hall, I felt this was a very special place. The years have served to reinforce and strengthen this feeling." 


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Parlez-vous Francais? Students did, thanks to Libby Evans, Barbara Carden, Bill Lauderdale, 
and Paul Tu:eneu. Diana Cherry ('85) looked back tondly on Libby Evans saying, "Mrs. Evans 
was demanding and expected much of her students. No English could be spoken in her class- '■ 
room; she had no patience tor laziness or misbehavior. It was obvious she 'knew her stuff,' and 
die was always fair. She was incredibly enthusiastic and quick to smile. It was in her class that 

1 came to love the idea of knowing a sec- 

Libby Pope Evans 


Harpeth Hall's three "witches" — English teachers Dr. 
Mamey, Dr. Gower and Joan Wartertield — annually recited 
MacBeth's "double, double toil and trouble" speech, much to 
the delight ot their students. The three "witches" were part 
of Harpeth Hall's English depattment in the early 1980s, 
which also included Louise Douglas Morrison (W-B '36), 
Sarah Stamps, Tom Young, Dugan Davis, Betty Latham 
Nelson (W-B '47) and Joyce Lee. How many girls ever made 
an automatic "F" for having a fragment or run-on sentence in 
a paper? If a student did it once, she never did it again, 
thanks to the foundation laid early by the Middle School 
English teachers. Those who were lucky to have one or more 
of these teachers have had their lives enriched and will never 
forget or underestimate the impact these teachers had. 
As Lisa Rudolph Turner ('80) sums up the fondness students 
had for their teachers, "Mrs. Stamps' class was a lesson in 
self-expression. She taught us not to be afraid to explore 
our feelings and put them on paper. She was so animated and 
full of life ... I was a journalism major, probably thanks in 
part, to her." 

ond language ... I am still saddened that 
she died at such an early age because I know that she would have 
influenced those around her no matter what she chose to do." 
[Editors Note: In 1987 Libby Evans succumbed to cancer. The 
Elizabeth Pope Evans award, given to the student in each class 
with the highest level of academic achievement, was established 
in her memory.] 

Wende Hall Stamhaugh ('85) recollects, "Like the children in 
Tfie Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, I walked into the 'wardrobe' 
ot Tom Young's classroom and found a deeper, richer world of 
literature. No longer was 1 expected to respond by rote to a 
teacher's interpretation but pressed, cajoled and inspired to find 
for myself meaning and truth in each literary work. Like the 
magical world in C.S. Lewis' classic, I began to believe in myself, 

think for myself, take risks and eventually choose English as my 
minor at Sewanee." Anne Sboulders ('83) says, "Betty Nelson allowed me to write and think 'my way' as a young sixth 
grade student. Creative thinking is a skill I continued to develop over the years based on the foundation she gave me, and 
1 depend on it daily as a marketing executive." 

Anyone who ever had Latin teachers Joyce Crutcher 
Ward ('60) or Phoehe Drews knew that Roma in Italia 
est, and Amo, Amos, Amat, Amamus, Amatis, Amaru. 
Martha Gregory and Mary Lee Mathews Manier (W-B 
'42) knew where every hook in the library was and pro- 
vided indispensable assistance for research papers. Heidi 
Wallace Sanford ('83) recalls the impact eighth grade 
history teacher Elaine Simpson had on her lite, "Mrs. 

Simpson was the toughest teacher I ever had. Because she challenged me, I learned to love and appreciate art history- to 

this very day." 

On the arts front, Ray Berry and Sandra Davis taught us how to sing "gleefully" and give a well-delivered speech in 

public. Sheila Morris Mohr ('85) remarks, "One of my all-time favorite classes was art with Peter Goodwin. What an awe- 
some four years I had with him and 1 really felt like he brought out the budding artist in me. I remember enjoying my two 

years of AP Art — those classes were two 

periods long so you could really 'check 

out' and go deep into whatever master- 
piece you were creating at the time — oh, 

so much tun!" In the early '80s, the 

dance clubs led by Leslie Matthews 

expanded, adding a ballet club taught 

by Stephanie Hamilton. The annual 

Spring Dance Concert that showcased 

the hard work of the dedicated students 

and teachers became a tradition unlike 

any other. 


A beloved member of the maintenance staff from 1984 to 1994 was Fred Tindall. He was told that 
his job was to "take care of the teachers and the students." Affectionately known as "Mr. Fred," he 
says now that he misses the kids more than anything else. "They respected me. If I told them they 
couldn't do something, like at a dance, they would listen to me. They made me feel part of the 
school — like they were MY kids." 

The 1984 retirement of founding staff member Lucile McLean, finance director and former typing teacher, propheti- 
cally coincided with the end of manual typing classes and the ushering in of computer classes. Technology had entered 
the curriculum to prepare students as they ventured into the world outside Harpeth Hall. 

By the end of the decade, the Upper School had grown to include 67 different courses. In addition to the traditional 
science curriculum, students could take botany and ecology and their AP counterparts. Great Works became the first 
cross-disciplinary class, taught in rotation by members of the English department, and was offered to juniors and seniors 


By 1985, when Emily Fuller succeeded Janet Hensley as head of 
Winterim, the program was in need of a change that reflected the way the 
school and student's needs and expectations had changed. Students still hi 
a choice of several light-hearted classes, valuable electives and trips abroad 
but by 1987 there were some required courses. Students could choose cours 
es in the areas of law and government, medicine, advertising and media, stu 
dent teaching, business and merchandising and special education 
Remembering Winterim, JoAnna Warnock Blauw ('83) reflects, "My junior 
year I took the Introduction to the Music Industry class. We spent a lot o 
time on Music Row visiting recording studios, record companies, radio and 
television stations, and I ended up with an internship at Opryland 
Productions. Those experiences definitely shaped my career choice and let 
me know what to expect and not to be intimidated, and my first job out of 
college was working tor The Judds and went on to work with such greats as 
Conway Twitty, Randy Travis and George Jones." 

Winterim 1 9S5— Berlin Wall 


in preparation for the AP English exams. Other areas that saw a significant amount of growth were the history and social 
science departments. By the 1988-89 school year, six courses were offered in the social sciences. Interest in these electives 
was way up thanks to the efforts and talents of golf club-wielding Department Chair Dr. Art Echerd. His Model United 
Nations and Youth Legislature were the stars of this ever-broadening department. 

The demanding curriculum and the hard work it took to master one's studies obviously paid off for many students in 
the 1980s. On average, every class in 
the '80s boasted 20 or more National 
Merit semi-finalists and/or finalists. 
On a similar note, virtually every stu- 
dent eligible to take an AP exam did, 
and over 90 percent of those students 
scored a three or better. 

Harpeth Hall graduates have 
attended more than 200 different col- 
leges and universities around the 
country thanks in part to the college 
trips, initiated in 1980 by David 
Wood. These trips gave students first- 
hand experience and knowledge 
about prospective colleges. Angie 
Elson Fuller ('83) remembers, "One 

Spring Break Trip to Washington, D.C. 

thing I took away from that college trip was getting a feel for different kinds of colleges. Seeing so many different kinds of 
schools really helped me make my final decision about academics, school size, geographic location, etc. Plus, being on that 
bus with everybody, away from home, was a blast!" 


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As with every aspect of Harpeth Hall, the 1980s 
saw a change in the available athletic opportunities 
with the demise of some sports and the birth of new 
ones. Field hockey became a sport of the past at 
Harpeth Hall in the 1970s and gave way to the soccer 
craze. In 1980 when Dugan Davis began the soccer pro- 
gram in the Upper School, there were no other girls' 
high school soccer teams, and so the varsity soccer 
team played college teams in addition to regular youth 
leagues. "Playing on that first varsity soccer team was 

an incredible experience. If memory serves me correctly, we not only played Vanderbilt and Alabama — I believe we beat 
Alabama. We thought we were invincible, and we were so proud," says Jane Mabry Jackson ('82). Things continued to 
prosper for the varsity soccer team, and in 1985, under Coach Gordon Turnbull's direction, the varsity soccer team 

advanced to the state championships tot the 
first time. The Middle School soccer team flour- 
ished, too, winning HVAC championships in 
1983 and 1986. 

Cross country and track have always been 
§ some of Harpeth Hall's best and most popular 
■% sports, and the '80s were no different. Runners 
statted off the decade with All-American cross 
country star, Sloan Burton ('81), who helped lead 
the Honeybears to NIL, regional and state titles 
in 1980 and 1981. The winning tradition 


continued in 1982 with Coach Susan Russ being 
named NIL Coach of the Year and again in 1984 
when they went undefeated and were NIL Champs. 
The Middle School made its mark in 1986 by win- 
ning the HVAC Championship. In 1980, the varsity 
track team took first place in the TSSAA Division 
A A in the region and the state. In 1983 it was 
the Middle School's turn to shine, taking the 
HVAC title. 

In 1982 and 1983 the varsity tennis team posted 
undefeated seasons in district play. In 1984, Diana 
Cherry ('85) and Elizabeth Arnold ('84) captured 
second place in the state doubles tennis champi- 
onship. In 1985, Mary Lauren Barfield Allen ('88) 
and Bufty Baker ('87) placed first in state singles. In 
1986, the varsity tennis team won its first-ever state 
championship, and in 1987 the Middle School tennis team won the HVAC Championship. As in seemingly every sport 
at Harpeth Hall, the varsity tennis team wrapped up the decade in 1989 with District and Regional Championships. 

Playing on that first varsity soccer team was an incredible experience . . 
We thought we were invincible, and we were so proud. 
— Jane Mabry Jackson ('82) 


Under the direction of Nan Reed, the golf team captured the TSSAA regional 
lowest comhined score in 1982 and 1983, thanks to the efforts of golfers Dehhie 
Sheffield Bryan ('83) and Lil Bradford Smith ('84). In 1988, Linden Wiesman ('93) 
qualified for the All-State Tournament. 

Riflery started in 1984 under the direction of Emmons Woolwine, and in this 
sport, Harpeth Hall competed with MBA, David Lipscomh and other all-male 
teams. By the 1987-88 school year softhall hecame an official sport in the Upper 
School and was coached by Tony Springman. In 1989 the softhall teams christened 
their new ballparks and finally had their own home field advantage. Girls celebrat- 
ed their athletic teats with an end-ol-the-year banquet, which in 1986 became a Dessert Fest. In 1988, the Emmons 
Woolwine Award, established in memory of the riflery coach who died earlier in the year, was awarded to the senior who 
exemplified kindness, loyalty and dedication in any sport. 


In addition Co representing the student body and its concerns to faculty and adminis- 
tration, the student council showed the student body a good time. Student council members 
did this through the annual Upper School Fall Dance and the Spring Dance, Dud's Days, 
surprise outings for the whole student body and the Harpeth Hall/MBA Square Dance, 
which started in 1981, to name a few. For many years the Spring Dance's theme was 
Hawaiian Holiday, but by the mid-'80s the theme began to change from year to year. In 
1985, the student council undertook a new project by opening the Bear Necessities, a stu- 
dent-run bookstore in Souby Hall. In 1986, the student council started another new tradi- 
tion with the Concert on the Lawn which was a super-sized picnic and field day, the Back- 
to-School Submarine Party in August and the Holiday Dance every December with the help 
of the Mothers' Auxiliary. The student council wasn't all fun and games, though. They took 
part in several student council exchanges and the AAA Conferences, designed to discuss 
academics, athletics and arts, with other private schools in Tennessee like GPS, Hutchison, 
Baylor and McCallie. In 1981 and again in 1989, a special student council exchange with 
MBA allowed members of each student council to attend classes at the other school for a day. 
Talk about seeing how the other half lives?! 


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Harpeth Hall Honor Day in the Middle School and graduation in the Upper School have always been steeped in tra- 
dition. Step Singing on the front lawn of Souby Hall and graduation on the front steps of the library have been long- 
standing traditions. Only once in the 1980s — for the class of 1986 — did graduation have to be moved to the gym due to 
bad weather. 

In 1985, then Senator Al Gore, Jr. was the guest speaker, but he had more than graduates, family and friends to address. 
That was the year of the cicada, and they were everywhere. Students recalled that the cicadas were so loud and thick that 
you could barely hear the speakers above 
the chirping! Senator Gore, however, 
was undeterred despite being 45 minutes 
late for the ceremony! After that year, 
and not because ot the cicadas or 
Senator Gore, Harpeth Hall started a 
new tradition of choosing a graduation 
speaker from within the senior class. 
That was also the last year that Harpeth 
Hall held a Baccalaureate ceremony, 
with Sarah Ophelia Colley Cannon 
(Minnie Pearl) (W-B '32) addressing the 
graduates. In 1987, Step Singing took 
place in front of the library rather than 
Souby Hall. 

Graduation 1981 

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Another unique tradition that was altered in the 1980s was the annual 
George Washington Birthday Celebration. In 1981 the honor and respon- 
sibility for performing this age-old celebration passed from the freshmen 
to the seventh grade class. Merrie Morrisey Clark ('69), Middle School 
history teacher, assumed the responsibility for this unique celebration 
from Miss Patty. Because of the switch, a Harpeth Hall fast fact will 
always be that the class of 1984 was the only one never to have partici- 
pated in this tradition since it was established at the school in 1954. 
The four clubs — Angkor, Ariston, Eccowasin and Triad — had been an integral 
part of student life at Harpeth Hall. However, as a result of response from a student and faculty poll organized by faculty 
member Ginger Osborn [Justus] ('66), the four clubs were combined into two clubs, the ArTris and the AnEccos starting 
in the fall of 1981, in order to boost participation and enthusiasm for club events. Club events were then divided into two 
categories: intramurals and challenges. In a 1981 Logos 11 (the student newspaper) article, reporter Jessica Ward McCarroll 
('83) documented the first challenge held — a bicycle race: "Both teams were even until AnEccos' Sarah Nichols ran into 
a tree when her hike went out of control. The AnEccos' misfortune was increased when this reporter hit a bump and flew 
over the handlebars. After several teachers 
voiced concern the race was stopped . . . Mrs. 
Justus suggested they use big wheels next time." 
The annual All-Club Picnic every May was 
a time for the clubs to show their spirit, com- 
pete for Best Club Song and for the school to 
hand out a variety of citizenship, athletic and 
club awards. By 1985 the club intramural sys- 
tem was overhauled as participation waned, 

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and in 1986 the first Awards Day took place. Awards Day was a new twist on the old All-Club Picnic theme, with class 
song competition, club awards presentations, installation of new student council officers and the announcement of Lady 

of the Hall. Another first happened at that first Awards Day — Carol 

Cavin ('86) was named Lady 

of the Hall and also received 

the Katie Wray Award. 

Despite the evolution of the 

tour original clubs and the 

All-Club Picnic into Awards 

Day, and then the rebirth of 

the four clubs and All-Club Picnic in 1989, the outcome was the same: students came 
together for friendly competition, to say good-bye, to recognize each other tot out- 
standing accomplishments and to look back over another year at Harpeth Hall. 

Meanwhile, in the Middle School the four clubs and the sixth grade Greyhounds 
and Greenie-Meanies remained strong and engaged in community projects every 
year. Projects included everything from stuffing Christmas stockings tor the 
Salvation Army and sponsoring a clothing drive to volunteering at the Harris- 
Hillman Friendship Fair for handicapped children. 

Another tradition that got a new look was Senior Recognition Day, which 
always culminated with the senior class introducing its class song and class colors 
and being presented with their class beanies. The class of 1987 put its own spin on 
tradition by choosing "Gilligan" hats instead of beanies and then again the class 
of 1989 chose visors. Another tradition that began in the 1980s was the annual 
Father- Daughter Banquet, which started in 1981 and was sponsored by the 
men's club. 


The Junior/Senior Prom is a long- 
standing tradition at Harpeth Hall. 
Juniors work tirelessly for weeks making 
preparations and decorating the gym so 
that everything is perfect for the seniors. 
The 1981 Junior/Senior Prom started the 
tradition ot the students electing a Prom 
Queen: Charlotte Booth Maguire ('81) 
was the first. 

1980 French Promenade 

1981 Celehration! 

1982 On Broadway 

1983 Here's Looking at You 

1984 Mardi Gras 

1985 Midsummer Night's Dream 

1986 Shangri-la 

1987 Magic Carpet Ride 

1988 Underwater Fantasy 

1989 Mystical Mirage 


Q^yfter/etif *<~t/ 


There was more to life at Harpeth Hall than hooks and extracurricular activities. Students, and especially seniors, 
rocked to the sounds ot "new wave" and Duran Duran, R.E.M. and U2 and saw the creation of MTV and Madonna. 
Seniors were glued to the television as the sagas of Luke and Laura, Jenny and Gregg, Bo and Hope, and Roman and 
Marlena unfolded in the afternoon — after classes, of course. 

Students also had the opportunity to participate in a myriad of new clubs 
and activities that were horn in the 1980s. Leadership retreats, college trips, 
Key Club, Quill & Scroll, Club Fair and other academic clubs have now 
become part of the Harpeth Hall culture. Even the uniform underwent a 
change — instead ot saddle oxfords, students were allowed to wear penny 
loafers! Joanna Rutter, director ot the Upper School, initiated Senior Dress-up 
Day in the 1983-84 school year. The first Friday of the month, seniors were 
allowed to be out of uniform. By 1985 this day had grown to include off- 
campus lunches, thanks to Betsy Turnbull, who became Upper School 
director following Mrs. Rutter's departure. 
In 1980, David Wood started the leadership retreat. Club presidents, class presidents, student and honor council pres- 
idents, and faculty sponsors spent an August weekend in Camp Hy-Lake that first year. The theme was Leadership 
1980 and was designed to educate the leaders ot the clubs 

i hi parliamentary procedure and effective leadership skills. 
Over the years the theme of the retreat has evolved to 
include informative discussions and organizational plan- 
ning as well as adding more student representatives. 

Freshmen retreats also started in 1983, and the highly 
anticipated eighth grade trips started in 1 L '8S when Latin 

The Honor Council . . . 

acts as a reminder to the 
students of the importance 

of personal honor. 
-Rathie Frederiksen DeRosa ('85) 

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teacher Joyce Crutcher Ward ('60) took a small group to Chicago. By the late '80s this trip had evolved into an annual 
pilgrimage to Dauphin Island, Alabama that was a requirement of all eighth graders. 

The Honor Council, one of the most important organizations at Harpeth Hall, began in 1980. Students had always 
been required to sign the pledge at the end of their work, but in 1980, a formal board of students and faculty was formed 
to ensure that the pledge was upheld and to deal with any violations of the honor code. Ruthie Fredenksen DeRosa ('85), 
former Honor Council president, said, "The Honor Council is a vital part of Harpeth Hall, for not only does it serve to 
uphold the honor system, it more importantly acts as a reminder to the students of the importance of personal honor." 


Playmakers Musical and Dramatic Productions and Middle School Musica 

979-80 The Sound of Music / Arsenic & Old Lace / Hohbit 

980-81 Oklahoma! / The Night of January 16th / Wizard of O: 

981-82 My Fair Lady / Oliver / The Curious Savage / 
Wind in the Willows 

982-83 South Pacific / Ten Little Indians / Velveteen Rabbit 

983-84 The Music Man / No, No Nanette / 

You Can't Take it With You / Cinderella 

984-85 Anything Goes / Bull in a China Shop / 
Alice in Wonderland 

985-86 Oklahoma / Ladies of the Jury / Wizard of Oi 

986-87 Carnival / The Madwoman of Chaillot / 

987-88 Mame / Pride & Prejudice / 
How to Eat Like a Child 

988-89 42nd Street / Masterpieces / Snoopy 

Arsenic & Old 

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In 1980, the Nashville Kiwanis Club chartered the Key Club, whose primary function is to serve as a community ser- 
vice club. In its first four years it was named the most outstanding Key Club in its division and went on to sponsor such 
community outreach programs as the annual blood drive and used book sale. The Outing Club also started in 1980 and 

provided an opportunity tor students 

to take trips and go on school-spon- 
sored adventures. Over the years stu- 
dents have been seen ratting down the 
Ocoee, bicycling around Radnor Lake 
and spelunking in Mammoth Cave. 

What did Harpeth Hall girls eat for 
lunch every day? In the 1980s the tra- 
ditional meat-and-three hot meal 
changed to include a hamburger and 

hot dog bar, a salad bar and the ubiquitous student council candy bar sales that were held until 1983-84- It you forgot your 

lunch on a particular day each spring, you were in luck if it was the same day as the Senior Lunch Auction, begun in 1981. 

Seniors used their imaginations to come 

up with themes tor exquisite lunches to 

be auctioned off during assembly to an 

individual or a group. Students dug deep 

into their pockets and often bid $40 or 

$50 for a $5 lunch! 

The 1986-87 school year saw the 

start ot the Club Fair in which the vari- 
ous clubs on campus set up booths in the 

Key Club 1986 

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Cindy Crist ('85) died tragically the summer after her 
graduation from Harpeth Hall. Cindy was an artist of singu- 
lar talent. As a memorial, family members, classmates and 
friends established a fund for the Cindy Crist Art Purchase 
Award. A painting is purchased each year from the out- 
standing senior class artist and becomes part of the Cindy 
Crist Art Collection which is on exhibit in the lobby of the 
Massey Center. 

Bear Lair and enthusiastically tried to solicit members. That 
same year, Harpeth Hall introduced Chemical Awareness 
Week, which evolved into Students Thinking Straight in 
1988. This undertaking showed a highly developed sense of 
personal responsibility and caring for others that could only 
have grown and thrived in an environment such as Harpeth 
Hall. The purpose of this organization was to provide drug-and 
alcohol-free outings for students as well as education about 
the dangers of chemical substances. MBA offered a 
similar program, and the two clubs went on a variety of 
joint outings. 

The Debate Club also made a comeback in 1983 at the 
urging of English teacher Gordon Turnbull; he was also 
responsible for the birth of the Qui: Bowl the following year. 

As the 1980s drew to a close, Harpeth Hall students were 
reflecting on the changes that had taken place in the school, 
the community and the world. The 1988 Milestones noted the 
importance of studying and understanding the changes and 
juxtaposing the old traditions with the new ones, saying in its 

opening, "Knowledge of the school's history will help students understand certain aspects of this annual." Indeed, students 
in the '80s undoubtedly remember something about each year that shaped their lives, but despite being 
such a dynamic decade full of milestones, the 1980s was just one part of the whole that made Harpeth Hall's first 50 years 




recommitment for Harpeth Hall as it strived 
to stay current with the needs of today's 
young women. Women not only desired to 

have the same education as men but to have 

one in which their differences, their 
interests and their dreams were taken into 

account. The school had seen the world 

around it explode with news of the Gulf 
War, the Oklahoma City bombings and the 
Clinton scandal. Though at times the ivory 
tower of academia had been punctured with 
deaths and crises, the community of 
Harpeth Hall always responded with 
characteristic strength and grace. As 
European history teacher Dr. Art Echerd 
recalls, "I remember events that never made 
local headlines, like the time when a junior, 
Ashley Smith ('99), almost lost her life in a 
series of very prolonged operations, and the 


school, in a gesture of solidarity, held 
a blood drive in which virtually 
every member of the Harpeth Hall 
community old enough to give blood 
did so." Though Nashville has grown 
exponentially as a city with the 
influence of professional sports, 
healthcare and big industry, Harpeth 

Hall has never lost its sense of 

community nor its vision of what a 
woman's education should be. 

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In the '90s Harpeth Hall crew not only in enrollment but 
physically as well, as facilities on campus were upgraded and new 
buildings were erected. The Middle School perhaps changed the 
most, with the addition of a state-of-the-art seventh grade science 
lab completed in 1994 and the Melkus Science Center, a new eighth 
grade science lab created in 1996 from existing Middle School space. 
The cafeteria was completely renovated in 1999 and named the 
Ingram Dining Hall. 

The lower level ot the McMurrv Center was renovated to 
become the Curb Music Center and included tour practice rooms 
and a choral room. A handsome new entrance was added along with 
an outdoor amphitheater. Aging Bullard Gymnasium, a landmark on 
campus, was reborn in 1996 with its complete renovation and 
rededication as the Ella Petway and George N. Bullard Center tor 
Student Activities. Buildings were also reconfigured to tit the needs 
ot the student body; when the Bear Lair shitted from the downstairs 

section of the Louise Bullard Wallace Wing to the Jack C. Massey Center for Mathematics and Science, new art spaces 
were formed to become the Ellis Art Studio. The dungeon of lockers that stood beneath Bullard was converted into a 
classroom and offices. Harpeth Hall also expanded outward in 1991 when Kirkman House was designated as the residence 
tor the head of the school. The house had been deeded earlier to the school by the family of Patricia Kirkman Colton (W- 
B '48). A house on Sunnybrook Avenue was purchased which later became offices tor the advancement personnel and 
another house on Johnstone Court was acquired. 

Perhaps the most ambitious step Harpeth Hall took was in 1998 when 
the board approved a master plan that outlined not only future upgrades 
and additions but also the complete removal of traffic from the center of 
campus. In May 2000 the first step in carrying out the master plan 
occurred with the groundbreaking tor the Ann Scott Carell Library'. With 
the largest single donation in school history, the library is to be completely 
rebuilt with more room for the student body and state-of-the-art 
technology. Though Harpeth Hall has had to give up some of its acreage 
in return tor much needed facilities, it will always retain its bucolic nature as more outdoor spaces in which students can 
gather to study and relax are planned, and benches and memorial trees will continue to dot the landscape. 

Kirkirum Hi nise 

David Wood was headmaster during the first part of the '90s, and as Mari-Kate Hopper ('92) recalls, ". . . [he] was the 
quintessential Honeybear, and we all adored him." Students were guaranteed a hearty "hello" when passing him on the 
lawn, and his cheering and supportive tace could be seen at everything from soccer games to spring dance programs. He 
was the type of head who, on the first cold day of winter, invited the (at the time youngest in the school) sixth graders to 
his Souby Hall office for hot chocolate. At Christmas to raise money for charity, he dressed as Santa and girls lined up to 
have their pictures taken with him. He and his wife even sponsored trips during spring break, and many students recall 
the educational and fun memories ot those times. 


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Leah Rhys assumed the position as head of school of Harpeth Hall in 1991 with a clear vision of what she wanted for the school. 
"When I came, it was at a time when there had been talk about going coed and there was a fuzziness and vagueness about what the school was 
about," she remembers. She saw her role as one of "continuing Harpeth Hall's original mission of educating 
young girls and young women." 

Deeply committed to single-sex education, Mrs. Rhys came to Harpeth Hall after serving 
seven years as head of the Laurel School in Shaker Heights, Ohio. There she worked with 
researchers from Harvard to create a landmark study of girls' development entitled Meeting 
at the Crossroads. "My commitment to girls' schools is how my feminism has expressed 
itself," she says. 

Mrs. Rhys believed Harpeth Hall's core value is in developing the talents of each 
student. "You look for a girl's strength and provide an outlet for it," she says. During her seven 
years at Harpeth Hall, Mts. Rhys provided a number of outlets, including enhancing many of the 
arts programs with a visiting attist and writers series and the integration of technology throughout the 
classes. But she feels it is the teachets who truly develop the potential in each student. "The faculty is 
passionate and committed to that 'ah-ha' moment for every student," she says. "Harpeth Hall truly has the best teachers I have ever seen." To support 
the faculty and assure even more "ah-ha" moments, three endowed faculty chairs were established for the first time during Mrs. Rhys' tenure. 

Mrs. Rhys made a number of other changes to the school, including improvements in facilities for athletics and building a fitness center and 
amphitheater. She oversaw the addition of the fifth grade, reconstruction of Bullatd Gymnasium, renovation of the Middle School lower floor and 
dining area and construction of the Middle School computer lab. That lab, which is housed under a cupola on the lett corner of the Middle School, 
serves as a metaphor for how Rhys sees the school's value to the community. "If you drive by the school at night when the computer lab is lit up, it 
looks like a little jewel. That's how I feel Harpeth Hall is to Nashville: a tiny jewel in the middle of the city." 

Nashville hasn't always seen it that way. "I felt when I first arrived that Harpeth Hall was so good but so little appreciated and ill-understood by 
the community," she says. "Raising its visibility was vitally important." Mis. Rhys' efforts to make connections with the community paid off with a 25 
percent increase in enrollment (back up to the 525 level of the 70s) achieved two years ahead of the schedule proposed by the board. Her efforts also 
resulted in an increase in the amount of financial aid, an increase in the level of annual giving from $200,000 to more than $580,000 her last year 
and an increase in the diversity of the school. 

Involving the alumnae was also an important part of raising the school's visibility. "Understanding that the future health of the school depended 
on women all around the country who had benefited from their education at Harpeth Hall, 1 worked hard to develop contacts, traveling to cities and 
giving receptions for women," Mrs. Rhys says. 

With her original mission complete, Mts. Rhys tetited in 1998 to Sewanee, Tennessee, where she works as a consultant for Independent 
Educational Services which locates heads of schools for independent schools around the country. She says her years at Harpeth Hall were 
"extraordinary." "I miss the excitement and the huge amount of energy of everyone there." 
But, she says, she wouldn't trade. "I love this part of my life, too." 


Yet during the late '80s and those early years of the '90s, Harpeth Hall, like many single-sex schools across the nation, 
was experiencing hard times. Harpeth Hall was at a crossroads in its history, and major changes were needed. Following 
Wood's resignation in 1990, Leah Rhys was selected as head of school (a title she preferred to headmistress), and in 1993 
the $8.4 million capital and endowment program "Opening Doors to the Future" was launched. The school even filmed a 
commercial, and for years afterward, as every Harpeth Hall athlete can attest to, opposing teams would taunt the 
Honeyhears with the chant of the now infamous line, "Harpeth Hall, we love it!" Also captured on film under Mrs. Rhys' 
tenure was a video documenting the heritage of Ward-Belmont and Harpeth Hall. Through the efforts of Polly Jordan 

Nichols ('53), director of development, and Kitty Moon Emery ('64), 
president of Scene Three Productions, the video, which premiered in 
1996, documented the school's past, affirmed the present and 
celebrated the future. 

With Mrv Rhv 1 * on hoard and parents and alumnae i irganized, the 
school slowly redefined its place in the world of education: it shook 
off its image as a place where only Nashville's wealthy sent then- 
daughters. Mrs. Rhys aggressively sought to recruit a student body 
more diverse both ethnically and economically. Under her leadership, a symposium entitled "Today's Girl in Tomorrow's 
World" was spearheaded by Harpeth Hall in 1996 and held in conjunction with Metropolitan Nashville public schools 
and the Cumberland Valley Girl Scouts. It was designed according to a model by Mrs. Rhys and organized and 
implemented by Hilrie Brown, director of admissions, to bring 
together experts — authors, psychologists, financiers, youth leaders, 
health professionals and many others — all of whom had a strong 
commitment to the education and well-being of young women. 
Nationally recognized professionals who were featured presenters 
shared their messages of expertise and encouragement to more 
than 1,000 attendees. 



Viewpoint on Values, another initiative, came into being through a gift to bring speakers to the campus who could 
heighten the awareness of the importance of a value-centered community. The program also funded all-school activities 
designed to raise the collective level of consciousness and to weave an ethical and caring attitude into the fabric of school 
life. In 1999, the Harpeth Hall community chose respect, integrity, individuality and trust to be their guiding principles. 
The Middle School also underwent changes in the '90s following Lindy B. Sayer's appointment as director in 1989. 
During her nine-year tenure, a fifth grade class was added, resulting in a true Middle School comprising fifth through 

eighth grades. Faculty members began team teaching; interdisciplinary 
courses were taught; and science and language programs were 
strengthened. The Daugh W. Smith Middle School became a model, 
and Mrs. Sayers, whose gentle manner and friendly smile endeared her 
to the students, was asked to share this model with other schools 
throughout the southeast. 

It cannot be denied that Harpeth Hall needed a push out of its 
comfort zone. Mrs. Rhys' legacy is one in which not only were the benefits 
of single-sex education renewed and the funds obtained to help ensure 
that there would be a Harpeth Hall for years to come, but there was also 
a realization of the importance of a woman's place in the world. A young 
girl may be told she has choices, but it is only when she understands and 
sees what those choices are that she may accomplish her dreams. 
With some 500 girls finding their voices, however, there is bound to be conflict. At Harpeth Hall, the issues in the 
'90s, no matter how trivial to the outside world, were always intensely felt and hotly debated. Controversial topics ranged 
from responses to a cancelled Beyond Hate assembly to school uniforms to the need to consecrate the Indian remains 
found when the athletic facilities were expanded. From the pages of Logos II to the Senior House to the lunch table, 
students and teachers refused to shy away from conflict. In fact, it was the dialogue that was most important, for without 
it, Harpeth Hall would never grow or change or become the school it is today. 


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In spring 2001 as alumnae, parents, faculty and friends gather to celebrate Harpeth Hall's first 50 years, Ann Teaff will be laying the groundwork 
for the next 50. Ms. Teaff is energized by her charge to take this exceptional school to the next level. 

In her third year as head of school, the faculty is completing a year-long self-study of the school that is guided by one simple question: "Is Harpeth 
Hall the best it can be?" 

As part of the Southern Association of Independent Schools accreditation process, Ms. Teaff is asking each faculty member to reflect on what 
Harpeth Hall does well and to concentrate on what it could do better. "There are a tremendous number of strengths at Harpeth Hall," she says. "We 
can never lose sight of that. But while we are maintaining that high standard, we must be continually improving and providing new opportunities." 
The word "improve" pops up a lot when Ms. Teaff talks about the school's future. She takes the rising senior oath "to transmit this school greater, 
better and more beautiful than it was transmitted to us" to heart. Ms. Teaff is passionate about providing the best educational experience for the girls 
at Harpeth Hall. "We are studying ways to improve the math and science ptograms, so that even more students will be empowered by it and feel they 
can become doctors and engineers," she says. Three years ot math is now required in the Upper School. 

Ms. Teaff wants to continue to improve the use of technology throughout the school and launched the laptop initiative m the fall of 2000 that 
requires students in the eighth grade to own her personal laptop computer. This program will be rolled out to all grades within three years. "For 
technology to be useful it has to be integrated into all aspects of the classroom," says Ms. Teaff. She believes the use of the wireless technology will 
enhance and alter teaching styles to include fewer lectures and more group projects. These skills, she feels, will give Harpeth Hall students an 
advantage as they enter the workforce. 

Another area Ms. Teaff wants to improve is the school's endowment. "I don't want to be solely focused on raising money, but I recognize it is an 
important function of this job. It is part of what we have to do to keep providing the best opportunities for the faculty and students." 

While Ms. Teaff says Harpeth Hall students and faculty "are so motivated they could leam under a rock," she says continuing to upgrade facilities 
and providing professional development for the 73 faculty members is vital to the school's future. She remains committed to maintaining Harpeth 
Hall's beautiful campus and is systematically working to make sure all the school's current facilities are at their best. 

Equally vital to its future is its past. Because of her pride in Harpeth Hall's rich heritage, Ms. 
Teaff truly values the traditions of the school. Ms. Teaff believes the school's alumnae are among its 
most valuable assets. She would like to see more alumnae connect with current students through 
events such as on-campus career panels. "It is so exciting for students to talk with alumnae who have 
careers they are interested in." And Ms. Teaff would like to see the alumnae network become a vital 
and powerful tool in supporting each othet and recent Harpeth Hall graduates across the country. 

Ms. Teaff, who came to Harpeth Hall aftet 18 years at Garrison Forest in Owings Mills, 
Maryland and nine years at University School of Nashville, says she hopes the alumnae returning to 
celebrate Harpeth Hall's birthday will feel like they are home again. "I hope they all feel a sense of 
belonging even if a lot of the facilities and faces have changed." She also hopes the alumnae will feel 
a part of the great legacy of the school and a responsibility in its future. "For Harpeth Hall to 
continue to improve and move forward it will require teamwork. It is an exciting time, and we have 
a gteat team." 


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Harpeth Hall soon found itself in the midst of another change with the departure of Mrs. Rhys and the arrival of Ann 
Teaff in the fall of 1998. Continuing with Mrs. Rhys' plans and with the help of the Ingram hequest, Ms. Teaff has directed 
the building of a wireless system for Harpeth Hall's computers. The curriculum of today is vastly different from even earlier 
in the '90s in that computers are an integral part of a student's education. Every teacher is outfitted with a laptop with 
plans for every student to be as well. On-line town meetings are held, in which issues are discussed and conferences held. 
Every student and teacher has an e-mail account which allows her to read the daily announcements. The use of computers 
is especially pertinent to the foreign language classes, for it is here that students converse and type in chat rooms, and the 

teacher is later able to print out and grade their work. In the new 
millennium, the school introduced a laptop program which calls for all 
students to have a laptop computer. Ms. Teaff has also overseen the 
renovation of the Frances Bond Davis Theatre, the redecoration of 
the Marnie Sheridan Gallery and the enhancement of public areas 
on campus. 

Overall, Ms. Teaff is a steady and calming influence on the school, 

her leadership strong and forthright in a world which is constantly 

changing. Girls are no longer content with just going to school, for 

they want to take an active role in their community as evidenced by the increase in volunteerism in the school. They push 

themselves in the traditional areas of scholarship, athletics and the arts with a greater intensity and drive than ever before. 

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During the first assembly of the school year, Mr. Wood would stand up and say, "As the seniors go, so goes the year." 
They were the ones who set the tone for the year. Under their leadership the school would win championships and 
produce newspapers and yearbooks. Over the decade, the Senior House has been decorated with everything from 
camouflage to tropical scenes as each class chose colors and a hat to represent them. Most of those seniors came to the 
school years before when they were several inches smaller, years younger and a little more than unsure how this "all girls 


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thing" would work out. In the end, though, they graduate knowing they have spent their formative years in an 
environment where academics, traditions and friendships are all equally valued. 

During her time at Harpeth Hall, a student more than likely sold grapefruit for her sophomore class's fund raiser, gladly 
paid a dollar to wear jeans and a sweater on any number of "Duds Days" and agonized over whether to choose Barb and 
Judes' tea cakes or peanut butter cookies for dessert at 

lunch. She may have held a position on the Honor 
Council or traveled on the school's Winterim trip to 
Greece and Egypt. In eighth grade, she probably spent 
hours in Mrs. Mabry's office, laughing and killing time 
while ignoring the Middle School administrative 
assistant's cries to "Let me get some work done around 
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chemistry problems and a term paper in one night, she may have had what is commonly referred to as an emotional 
breakdown. Her friends, however, would comfort her, but then casually step over her prostrate body in order to arrive to 

their own classes on time, for they know the routine — they 
already had one themselves earlier in the week. 

Every class at Harpeth Hall is different; like a family, 
each girl plays a role, and when graduation day arrives, the 
quirks and eccentricities, the traits that over the years 
have inspired, encouraged and even annoyed are 
celebrated as having contributed to the achievements of 
the class. Because day in and day out the class struggled 
and succeeded together, there is a bond that will forever 
be there. Friendships are formed for life, and those moments when one aced an algebra test, ate lunch on the senior patio 
or gave a speech in assembly will form the backdrop of experience that an individual carries with her forever. 

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The sense of community and closeness that permeates Harpeth Hall is in large part due to the faculty and 
administration. Scores of alumnae maintain that their teachers at Harpeth Hall far overshadow any they may have had in 
college or beyond. Vanna Buntin ('95) describes the faculty as "devoting themselves to their students with patience and 
brilliance, enthusiasm and originality, support and more support . . . These people taught me to think. To think and care 
about that thinking, to feel proud of it, always to do it as a ward against ignorance and complacency." Lauren Marler ('94) 

recalls former physics teacher Dr. Heath Jones and the care which 
he took to record his lectures for her the year she took two weeks 
oft to study in France. Many times as she sat at her kitchen 
counter listening to each 50-minute tape, a family member would 
walk through and invariably pause to laugh or marvel at the way 
in which Dr. Jones brought a subject as strenuous as physics to life. 
The sense of community is heightened by the tact that many of 
the teachers have been at Harpeth Hall for many years. The shared 
experiences of one generation of students can be carried on into the next because of continuity, an assurance that when 
one comes back to visit, there will be someone there who knows her, who saw her grow up. To this day, many girls who 
have passed through the school still cannot chew gum in public for tear ot encountering retired physical education teacher 
Pat Neblett Moran's (W-B '51) strict vigilance and piercing whistle. Under 
former biology teacher Carolyn Felkel dozens ot girls were crowned "Frog 
Queen" tor their excellent work in the dissection of that year's amphibians. A 
potter, sin' fashii ined necklaces tor the recipients ot various awards to wear with 
the whole ceremony which culminated in a procession and burial down by the 
tennis courts. There is Dr. Jack Henderson and his guitar, Joyce Crutcher Ward 
('60) and her undying enthusiasm for the classics and Marian Ross, the 
accompanist without whom no concert or play would be complete. 


And then there is the "male posse," a name students years ago 
gave to that long-standing group of Upper School male teachers 
who bravely surround themselves with emotional teenagers every 
day. Legendary European history teacher and founding member 
Dr. Art Echerd says it is those moments when you find former 
students returning that you understand why you teach and the 
difference you can make in another's life. "You realize that, it you 
had not been teaching back when she was in high school, you 
would never have had the opportunity to know such an 
exceptional person. When that occurs, it makes you aware of how 
rewarding your job can be, but it also reminds you that someday 
you will almost certainly be feeling the same way about some of 
the students you are currently teaching. This is one of the reasons 
why I try to attend as many Harpeth Hall events as I can. The 
longer you teach at a place, the more conscious you are of how 
quickly students pass through the school. They are gone before 
you know it, so, whenever possible, you need to try to attend their 
plays, their concerts, their sporting events, their academic 
competitions, or whatever, because soon the opportunity to do so 
will be gone forever." Perhaps this is why the graduates of Harpeth 
Hall feel that their time there was so special; the faculty and the 
administration are devoted not only to instilling knowledge 
into their students but also to ensuring that they are supported, 
cared for and loved as the spectacular women they will most 
assuredly become. 


"Tuzeneu was not afraid to jump from his windowsill 
wearing a Harley Davidson helmet, chanting French verb 
conjugations to make us remember them. Margaret Renkl 
took us on walks through the woods to define 'poetry' for us, 
and she sold me on Shakespeare. Dr. Myers felt passionately 
about every slide she flashed before us, and her passion was 
contagious. Diann Blakely (Shoaf) introduced us into her 
class stating she expected us to feel as if we were drowning. 
She rhen said she would not come rescue us but would stand 
on the shore and cheer." — Varina Buntm ('95) 

"Through Mr. Goodwin's class I acquired a love tor the 
art of photography, but more importantly, 1 learned that not 
many things in the world are just black and white. The 
ability to recognize the beauty of a situation from different 
perspectives and angles allows one to truly appreciate the 
shades of gray that constantly surround us." 

— Katie Moran ('94) 

"Dr. Myers taught me more than any teacher 1 have ever 
encountered. Her interest in her students combined with her 
ability to connect present-day reality with art and literature 
provide her with an extraordinary gift that every student 
should have the opporrunity to enjoy. 1 think of her daily." 
— Comer Ireland ('96) 


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Harpeth Hall is founded on the traditions of the past, and over the years those traditions have hoth stayed the same 

yet at the same time evolved to fit the burgeoning needs of the student body. For years, the pages in the Lady of the Hall's 

court wore outfits that can only be described as "elflike." In the early '90s, it was decided that a simple white dress would 

be not only more practical but comfortable as well. The club system has also changed; every year girls are still divided into 

the four groups, but instead of initiation rites filled with seventh graders 
in face paint, dyed hair, and various gator, eagle, ladybug and whale 
outfits, there are now intramurals, song and qui: bowl competitions. The 
seniors still participate in a Renaissance Banquet, and the student council 
still sponsors talent shows and a welcome back-to-school Concert on the 
Lawn. Of course, standards such as the seventh grade's George 
Washington Birthday Celebration continue to take place, for the year 
wouldn't be complete it the whole school didn't turn out at 8:00 A.M. to 

witness the Revolutionary Army's hurried steps or the sailor's "broken ankle" dance. 

At Harpeth Hall, though many of the traditions may be old, new ones are constantly being created. In the Middle 

School and beginning with the eighth grade class of '91, a Halloween 

Carnival was started for the children of alumnae, and every year it has 

grown in scope and size so that now it is a standing rite each tall. In the 

Upper School, the annual Community Day has been transformed into a 

whole year ot ongoing volunteer opportunities. Instead of the entire school 

disbanding tor .1 single day «>t goodwill, girls can now choose, with the help 

o) a volunteer coordinator and the Key Club, from a plethora ot events in 

which the greater Nashville area will benefit. Over the years, Habitat for 

Humanity houses have been built and debris from tornado damage has been 

cleared by Harpeth Hall volunteers. 


Escape to Egypt 

Paradise Lost 

Neptune's Night Out 

An Evening with the Stars 

Arabian Nights 

Mardi Gras: A Night in New Orleans 

Escape to Vegas 

Shipwrecked on Treasure Island 

Welcome to Hollywood 

Enchanted Evening 

No Place Like Prom: Welcome to Emerald City 


In the Milestones yeathook one can still find the 
language clubs, the drama's Playmakers and Mock Trial, but 
as the years go by more and more organizations fill its pages. 
The 1990s saw the addition of an outdoor education 
coordinator and a program that allows for day hikes and 
overnight camping trips. Beyond Hate pushed the Harpeth 
Hall community to educate itself on matters of racism and 
prejudice, while the Student Ambassadors promoted the 
attributes of the school with tours and phon-a-thons. 
Because Harpeth Hall cheerleaders became nonexistent in 
the '90s, the pep club was even mote vital. On the days 
when a particular sport had a big game and was therefore in 

need of major support, it arranged for the various Pack the Pool, Jam the Gym and Flood the Field activities. When the 
basketball team made it to the state final four for the first time in history, it was the pep club that organized the rag-tag 
band of cheerleaders on the sidelines. Clad in an assortment ot old uniforms, tube socks and tennis shoes, the girls made 
such an impression on the city of Murfreesboro and the officials ot the tournament that when it came time to hand out 
the spirit awards, Harpeth Hall not only won for its division but secured a place on the front page ot the daily paper. 

These people taught me to think . . . 

and care about that thinking, to feel 

proud of it, always to do it as a ward 

against ignorance and complacency. 

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At Harpeth Hall, the cheer "The will to win can not he heat, you got to want to win. Go Harpeth Hall," was yelled before 
every competition. In the summer, when there was 100 percent humidity, the soccer team was out on the field scrimmaging, 
and, in the early spring, when the air was cold and the sky was 
letting loose with a rainstorm, the track team was running laps 
for .m interval workout. On their own in the off-season, girls 
shot free throws in a lonely gym or practiced their serve out on 
the tennis court. In the end, these girls have learned how to he 
leaders, how to sacrifice for the team and, most importantly, 
how to succeed through victories and through failures. 

During the '90s, Harpeth Hall had eight state 
championship teams, ^2 regional championship teams, and numerous recipients of all-state, all-region and all-metro 
honors. At Harpeth Hall, where academics come first, sports have steadily grown in importance and participation. It 
wasn't until the late '70s and early '80s that Harpeth Hall even engaged in competition with other schools, tor until that 
time intramurals were the only sports available. With the advent ot Title IX, colleges across the country increased and 
developed their women's athletic programs, with the result heing that more and more high school teams were established. 
In the late '80s, the swimming and diving team was composed ot only a tew dedicated girls who drove to Pearl Cohn for 

practices, while in the '99-'00 school year, 29 girls were on the 
roster, and several were selected tor All-American status. 

The will to win can not be 

beat, you got to want to win. 

Go Harpeth Hall! 



It is this generation of female athletes, a group that has never known a time when sports were not available to them, a group that has never 
had to sit by and simply watch the boys play who are competing today. They assume they can play in college and even professionally. Susan Russ, 
director of athletics and head cross-country and track coach, says, "It has been a gradual process . . . but the excellence in academics has carried over 
into athletics." 

Katherine Wray ('95), a three-sport veteran, says that "athletics were an extremely important part of my Harpeth Hall experience and really 
helped to shape the person that I am today. Playing volleyball and tennis for Mrs. Moran and basketball for Mr. Spnngman, my teammates and 1 
experienced a full range of emotions, from the utter joy of victory to the bitter disappointment of defeat to love and concern for each other." 

Though there are students at Harpeth Hall who do go on to participate in 
college athletics, most do not, choosing instead to take their memories and 
lessons learned as athletes out into the greater world. For Katherine Wray ('95) 
it was the sheer joy or team victory. She says, "I remember when our basketball 
«" ^"^W fl > ream was plaving Loach Spnngman's alma mater in St. Louis, and the 
game came down to the wire. We decided to run a play that was named 
after the school we wete playing, 

Marquette, and we executed it perfectly, with Mary Southwood ('94) laying 

the ball in just as the bu::et sounded. We were so excited you'd have thought 

we'd won the NCAA's!" For others, it is every time Mrs. Russ gathered 

together her team in a circle, pinkies linked, for one of her signature 

inspirational talks. For most, however, it is those simple moments when a 

tnend and teammate displays profound courage and commitment. Such is the 

case of Kate Terry ('94) who in the spring of her senior year qualified for the 

state track meet in the 400 meters, after having spent the previous year out 

with cancer. With coaches, teachers and schoolmates surrounding the field 

cheering her on, she ran a race that can never be rivaled in terms of true heart 

and determination. As Mrs. Russ so aptly phrased it, "If there is going to be 

athletics for girls, then Harpeth Hall is going to do it and do it well." 


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The arts have long held a position of importance within the curriculum at Harpeth Hall, and the opportunities for 
students to express themselves and showcase their talents has grown. With the renovation of the art studio, students in 
the '90s had more room in which to develop their talents under the watchful eye of art teachers Ann Blackburn, Rosie 
Paschall and Cati Vietorisz. During the school year students may take trips out of town to see exhibits or display their work 
in the Upper School art exhibit. Almost every year there have also been several medalists in the Cheekwood art 
competition. Many alumnae and professional artists such as Susie Creagh ('90) and Stephanie Paddock Cook ('93) first 
began to explore their chosen careers while still at Harpeth Hall. 

Theatre at Harpeth Hall grew exponentially in the '90s, thanks in part to the leadership of Janette Fox Klocko, theatre 
director. Where before there was simply a fall musical and a spring drama, Shakespeare and student-directed one-acts 
became standard, too. Often the whole school turned out to see the sell-out performances such as the joint production 
between MBA and Harpeth Hall of the musical Grease. With teachers even stepping in to till roles, the dramas put on by 
the cast and crew known as Playmakers were highly professional and expertly executed feats of theatrical arts. 

The music program also expanded with the creation of a 

combined Montgomery Bell Academy and Harpeth Hall 

orchestra. In the '90s, the program grew to two Middle School 

choruses, an Upper School chorus that performed throughout the 

community and assorted small chamber music ensembles. Instead 

of the occasional violin player treating the school to a teaser ot her 

abilities, students were encouraged to contribute their talents to 

the growing musical community. As a result, everything from the 

harp to the flute could be heard during school productions. 

In the eyes of Leslie Matthews, one of her greatest memories was seeing the dance program progress over the 23 years 

she lias been at Harpeth Hall. At the close of the decade, she returned to full-time teaching in the curriculum, passing 

the responsibility ot the dance company to former student, Tina Trinkler Cowlyn ('S3). More than 60 girls participated 


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in the dance company with many more taking dance as a course during 
the school day. During Winterim, trips were often taken to such places 
as New York, where the girls took classes and saw professional dance 
companies perform. 

In the '90s, Harpeth Hall initiated and instituted various programs 
tor the whole school. Assemblies featured the Carell Visiting Artist 
and Writer Series. Every year during Awards Day the accomplishments 
of not only scholars hut also artists were recognized. With the Cindy Crist Art Purchase Award, a student's work was 
bought and hung within the school. Works of the recipients of the Kitkman House Art Award are on display in the house. 
The written word was also celebrated with the publication of Harpeth Hall's literary magazine, Hallmarks, whose staff one 
year compiled a compact disc of their songs and poems. Each year interest in the arts at Harpeth Hall has grown stronger. 
While many facets of Harpeth Hall changed vastly in the 1990s, the school with its great magnolias, white brick 
buildings, green lawns and daffodils remained, as Varina Buntin ('95) writes, ". . . a feeling, a place, a community — that 
you have to know and in knowing come to love." It is that time in a young girl's lite where friendships form as thick as 
blood, and mentors are found who influence students in ways only revealed years later. 


Babes in Toyland 

Hundred Acre Wood in Pooh Forest 

Alice in Wonderland 

The Velveteen Rabbit 


1 Believe in Make Believe 

Schoolhouse Rocks 

Conestoga Stories 

Don't Count Your Chickens 

Before They Cry Wolf 


No, No Nanette 


Anything Goes 




Guys and Dolls 

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In another 50 years, as Harpeth Hall celebrates its first centennial, we can predict with assurance that the leaders of 

the school will have as rich and successful a story to tell as the one in this book. The foundation of providing a quality 

education for young women which was so firmly established 
through Ward Seminary, Belmont College and Ward-Belmont is 
still seen today in the classroom, assembly and in each girl's bright 
future. Harpeth Hall will continue to build upon that foundation 
in the years to come. 

In the meantime, there are some near-term goals that reflect 
the collective vision for the school in its next 10 years. Obviously, 
the key focus for the board of trust in the next five years will be 
raising $35 million to implement the remaining objectives 
outlined in the 1998 strategic plan. While this is an ambitious 
campaign with a goal more than four times as much as has been 

raised in past capital and endowment efforts, both administrators and board members are enthusiastic and confident of 

success. A successful campaign will mean a substantial increase in the endowment that today stands just over $10 million. 

Additionally, campus expansion and improvement designed to 

strengthen the educational program include a new state-of-the-art 

library, enlarged and renovated Upper and Middle Schools and a central 

core of the campus that is more student-friendly. Roads and parking will 

be concentrated on the periphery for safety and to maximize use of 

available space. 

rhe most important responsibility of the board of trust is to ensure 

that the mission of the school is fulfilled. In short, that means that a superior academic program conducive to equipping 

and motivating each student to meet her greatest potential must be in place. There is no more critical aspect in reaching 


The first Harpeth Hall student to he named a 
Presidential Scholar was Brooke Graham ('90). Presidential 
Scholars are selected among students nationwide for their 
demonstrated scholarship, leadership, contribution to the 
school and community and exceptional accomplishments. 
Later in the decade, Lola Blackwell ('97) and Knstina 
Treanor ('98) were honored as Presidential Scholars. Kriscina 
Treanor invited Carol Oxley, her most influential teacher, to 
attend the White House-sponsored ceremony with her. Mrs. 
Oxley, a member of Harpeth Hall's faculty for 29 years, had 
been Knstina's math teacher for two years and was honored 
with a Certificate of Excellence. 


this goal than attracting and retaining the highest caliber faculty. Harpeth 
Hall's faculty has always been superlative, and the vision for the future is to 
continue to build on that tradition. A primary focus will be to continue to 
increase salaries, benefits and professional development funds coupled with 
assuring that the learning environment is second to none. Expanded spaces 
for science, athletics and fitness, and faculty offices are part of the longer-term 
dream for the school. 

Furthermore, Harpeth Hall will continue to serve as an educational 
resource for the broader Nashville community and the nation. Recognized as 
one of the foremost educational institutions for girls, the school in a sense 

serves as a laboratory for studying how girls learn best and has a responsibility to share best practices. Faculty members are 

called on regularly to speak across the nation to teachers desiring to imitate various aspects of the Harpeth Hall 

experience. The school is praised today as an excellent model of 

integrating technology into the classroom. With laptops scheduled 

for all students within three years and a finished library with the 

latest technological capabilities, there is no doubt that Harpeth 

Hall's program will continue to be cited as cutting edge. 

It takes an army of committed people focused on a common 

goal to make good things happen. Harpeth Hall is blessed by 

strong leadership in Ann Teaff as head of school, highly engaged 

and talented faculty and hard-working alumnae, parents and 

trustees. Their common goal is simple: to see Harpeth Hall 

become the finest single-gender educational institution for girls in 

the nation. And if the past is any reflection of what might happen 

in the future, there is no doubt that goal will be realized. 


The buildings and the faces change from year to year, 
hut students all are woven into the same fabric that is Harpeth 
Hall. As the seats fold up after assembly, the energetic voices 
proclaiming, "Hooray tor Freshman" continue to blend with 
the more experienced refrain "Are You a Senior?" 

Hooray for Freshman , Hooray for Freshman , 
Someone in the crowd yell hooray for Freshman . 
Two, four, six, eight who do we appreciate? 
Freshmen that's who! 

Are you a Senior? 

Yes I'm a Senior! 

S-E-N-I-O-R Seniors are the Best! 

Are you a Senior? 

Yes I'm a Senior! 

'Cause Seniors are the Best! 



he alumnae association, the board of 
trust and the parents association presently 
form the support system for Harpeth Hall. 
The board of trust has existed since the 
school's inception, with the responsibilities 
of initiating and developing the business 
aspects of the school, as well as gathering 

resources to assure an environment in 

which students and faculty may thrive. 

The need for the associations, however, 
was only perceived in the 1960s. When 
Idanelle McMurry became headmistress in 
1963, she quickly realized that alumnae 
information was lacking for Ward-Belmont 
and Harpeth Hall. She began the process 
of recovering the information and 
encouraging the formation of the alumnae 


The first recorded evidence of a parents 
association also came in 1963, during Miss 


McMurry's tenure. Over the years, 
parents have become increasingly 
involved in Harpeth Hall activities 
and have played an integral role in 
the school's growth and development. 

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In 1963 Idanelle McMurry asked Linda Williams Dale ('56) to 
form an alumnae association and begin the process of recovering all 
the Ward-Belmont and Harpeth Hall alumnae information. Miss 
McMurry wanted to be able to communicate with alumnae through 
a newsletter and keep alumnae in touch with the school. The 
alumnae association charter was drawn up, and in 1964, the 
constitution was adopted with Linda Williams Dale as the first 
president. She served for an amazing term of 10 years. 

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In 1969 upon Linda's request, the first officers to serve with her 
were Dede Bullard Wallace ('53) as vice president, Sally Jordan 
Minnigan ('52) as treasurer, Elinor Berger Peek ('60) as recording 
secretary and Linda Christie Moynihan ('57) as historian. The 
purpose ot the alumnae association was two-told: to be a means of 
continuing friendships and to foster a continued personal and 
financial commitment to the school. The alumnae association met 
twice each year. It encouraged alumnae to return to campus; to meet 
Sam McMurry and to see firsthand the huge needs on campus; and to 

act as goodwill ambassadors and solicitors. Jeanne Pilkerton Zertoss (W-B '43) joined in the effort to update the class lists 
from Ward-Belmont and Harpeth Hall before creating the the first alumnae newsletter in 1971. In 1973, based on Jeanne 
Pilkerton Zertoss's recommendation, Polly Jordan Nichols ('53) was hired to be the first paid director of alumnae. 

In 1975 alumnae records were sufficiently complete to establish the Alumnae Annual Giving Program. Prior to this 
time, alumnae paid annual dues. Subsequently, Ward-Belmont alumnae records were brought up-to-date, and Harpeth 
Hall issued a Ward-Belmont directory. 

In 1990, the bylaws of the alumnae association were amended to reflect the future direction of the association. The 
position of president changed from a two-year term to a one-year term, and the position of president-elect was added to 
allow a year of experience prior to assuming the role of president. The alumnae giving chair position was also added. 
Working in conjunction with the development office, this individual coordinated the alumnae aspect of annual giving. 


Polly Jordan Nichols has carried the story of Harpeth Hall within her for more than half of her lite. As a sophomore at Ward-Belmont in the 

spring of 1951, Polly was one of the faithful who, along with her family, supported the founding of The Harpeth Hall School after the unexpected 

closure of Ward-Belmont in that year. She now likes to say, "I had the best of both worlds — two years at each school." She was the Salutatonan of her 

class, and she also won the Citizenship Bracelet, an award that continues to be meaningful to Ms. Nichols. She has always known that Harpeth Hall 

prepared its students extremely well for higher education as evidenced by her acceptance and success at Radchfte College in the 1950s. 

Just as the founding families believed in a need for the continuation of a fine girl's school m Nashville, one that was based on relationships, trusr 

and commitment, so has Ms. Nichols continued her devotion to Harpeth Hall. After 1 3 years away from 

Nashville, she moved back and began volunteering at Harpeth Hall in 1971. Two years later, she accepted 

the first official alumnae director position, a part-time job. It would be through her tireless wi >rk and 

learning through experience that prompted Headmaster David Wood to ask Ms. Nichols to work 

full-time as the school's first director of development. She has worked with tour of the five heads 

of school and was a student under the first. She has worked with nine of the ten board of 

trustees presidents, beginning with board chair, Daugh W. Smith, one of the school's five 

founders. In doing so, Ms. Nichols can be credited with the success of the school's advancement 

programs. She has helped guide almost every major building campaign, and initiated and 

expanded the Annual Giving, Capital and Endowment, and Planned Giving Programs. 

Ms. Nichols received the Dede Bullard Wallace Award at commencement in 1986 for outstanding 

service to the school, and at her retirement in January 2000 after 27 years of service, it was 

Sarah Nichols , ('83) Polly Nichols ('53), ann0 unced that the proposed History Wall would be dedicated in her name. 

Britton Nielsen, Trustee 

In 1999, Emily Perkins Zerfoss (75) president of the alumnae association, and Sarah W. Nichols ('83), president-elect, 
were asked to serve as the chairs of Harpeth Hall's 50th anniversary to he held in the year 2000-2001. The activities 
planned included the publication of this hook, a Ward-Belmont reunion, an alumnae holiday reception, an alumnae art 
exhihit and an elahorate Gala Celehration in May 2001. In addition, students and parents planned events on campus, 
including a Women of Distinction speakers series, a Founders Day celebration and a time capsule. [Editor's Note: a special 
thanks to Mrs. Zerfoss and Miss Nichols for their persistence and dedication in the publication of this book.] 

As always, alumnae support for Harpeth Hall remains strong. Harpeth Hall's more than 3,000 alumnae are devoted to 
the school and appreciative of the value system, high academic standards and the excellent liberal arts education that 
serves each alumna for a lifetime and the friendships that last just as long. 



From chairing capital campaigns to manning phones during the annual phon-a-thon, alumnae have played an active 
role in fund raising for Harpeth Hall. The "Hang-Up" (resale of uniforms), now run by the parents association, was initiated 
by alumnae. The Annual Giving Program is led by alumnae who 
fill positions including alumnae gift chair, reunion general chair, 
major gifts chair and class fund raising chair. 

Over the years there have been many varied gatherings for the 
alumnae and their families. In 1978, alumnae under the 
leadership of Carolyn Russell ('64) organized the first Alumnae 
Art Exhibit, which took place in the Marnie Sheridan Art 
Gallery. In 1979, an Alumnae Night featured Fred Russell, 
Carolyn's father and the Tennessean's sports writer, as guest 
speaker and paid tribute to Miss McMurry prior to her departure. 

In 1987, the Run tor the Green tun-run was held on the new track at Harpeth Hall for all alumnae. In addition, alumnae 
have been invited back to campus for dances, plays, programs and receptions of all kinds throughout the years. 

Run for the Green 1 987 


Other get-togethers, such as the annual Easter Egg Hunt and Halloween 
Carnival, include the children of alumnae. The alumnae association has also 
hosted the Mother-Daughter Tea and a holiday reception. 

Alumnae receptions held in other cities have been ongoing, hut under the 
leadership or Head of School Leah Rhys, at least two out-of-town receptions 
took place each year. Receptions have been held in New York City, 
Washington, D.C., Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, Atlanta, Dallas, Houston 
and cities throughout Tennessee. 

In 1997, a continuing education program was initiated by the alumnae 
association. The purpose of the program is to further the education of the alumnae, address an identified need and bring 
more alumnae back to campus both as recognized experts and as students. Sarah W. Nichols ('83) was the first alumnae 
association officer to head up this effort. In the fall of 1997 the nine highly diverse course offerings included Internet 
training, a Spanish refresher, investment strategies and a wine-tasting. In October 1999, the first golf tournament, The 
Souby, was held, with alumnae, students, parents and faculty in attendance. Amy Grant ('78) served as honorary chair. 

By virtue of the website, developed in the spring of 1997, alumnae now have a way to learn 
about current activities of the association, sign up tor events, update their records with the school and stay connected with 
alumnae and the school. 

Alumiiae Halloiveen Party 1 998 

Continuing Education 1 997 

Alumnae Holiday Reception 1 997 


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In honor of the class of 1 9 7 5 's reunion held in May 
2000, alumnae Vanessa Draper and Betsy Koonce Sottek 
penned and performed this song during reunion weekend 
and produced a commemorative compact disc. Classmate 
Celia "Ducky" Gulbenk accompanied on keyboards. 

We had the promised land before us 

And the blessing of a well worn path 

We never hesitated , never thought to stop 

Never did look back 

And they taught the children well 

To believe in themselves 

And now we're standing here 

Ever thankful for the years. 

It's been a quarter of a century 

Since we stepped away 

And stepped out on our own 

We've lived a lifetime between then and now 

But it's always easy to come home. 

And the years fell away 
Like the leaves in the fall 
Changin' seasons 
But never changing much at all. 

We often wonder where those girls in plaid have gone 

Looking back — it's more than memories 

It is a legacy of liberty 

The freedom to be all that we can be. 

And they taught the children well 
To believe in themselves 
And now we're standing here 
Ever thankful for the years . 

The first reunion of Ward-Belmont alumnae after Harpeth 
Hall was formed was held in March 1968 with almost 900 
graduates from 37 states attending [See Chapter 1]. The second 
Ward-Belmont reunion was held in 1986 and attended hy 600 
graduates. In October 2000, more than 300 "belles" participated in 
the most recent reunion. Beginning in the 1990s, Ward-Belmont 
and Harpeth Hall class reunions were combined and held together 
on the same weekend in May. 

Throughout the years, there have been many reunions of 
Harpeth Hall alumnae. In 1980, a First Four Classes reunion was 
held which included the graduates of the classes of 1952, 1953, 
1954 and 1955. In the 1970s and 1980s, many classes tended to 
have a reunion every five to ten years and featured dinners at 
classmates' homes and picnics with alumnae and their children. In 
1976, all alumnae were invited to attend a reunion to celebrate 
Harpeth Hall's 25th anniversary, organized by Alva Herbert Wilk 
('59), alumnae association president, and reunion chair Carolyn 
Russell ('64). Held on campus on June 4, 1^76, the celebration 
included a tennis tournament, a bridge tournament, tours oi the 
school, a picnic lunch, and alumnae and teacher skits. The 
founders of the school were also honored. 

Under the direction ot Ingelein Smith Walker ('78) in the tall 
of 1988, Harpeth Hall started organizing reunions tor classes in 

five year intervals. In 1989, Dianne Buttrey Wild ('66) 
assumed this role from Ms. Walker and actually 
oversaw the first set of reunions held in this manner. 
In 1997, Sallie King Norton ('71) became director of 
alumnae relations when Dianne Buttrey Wild ('66) 
became Harpeth Hall's director of admissions. 

In 1993, during the tenure ot Leah Rhys and under 
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ot development, reunions were greatly expanded to 

include the goals called the 3 R's: reunite with classmates, reconnect to the school and reconsider personal giving to the 

school. Reunions are designated as the first weekend in May. Each class has a reunion chair(s) that serve on the reunion 

steering committee, act as fund raising chairs and staff the 

reunion phon-a-thons. Reunion giving has comprised the 

largest part of alumnae giving to the annual tund, exceeding 

$100,000 for the first time in the reunion year 2000. 

Reunion weekend includes a wine and cheese taculty/ 
alumnae reception for all reunion classes at Kirkman House, 
a breakfast for the oldest reunion class, a panel discussion 
featuring knowledgeable alumnae and the Grand Reunion 
Luncheon. The weekend also features events planned by 
individual classes, such as a girls' night out, a cocktail party with spouses and picnics tor the entire family. 

In 1996, the first Almost Alumnae Luncheon for seniors was initiated. Held in May prior to reunion weekend, it is a 
celebration of their impending graduation and inclusion in the alumnae association. 

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The Harpeth Hall/Ward- Belmont Distinguished Alumna Award was established in 1993. During Leah Rhys' tenure 
and under the direction of committee chairman Lissa Luton Bradford ('55), the original selection committee was 
responsible for determining the criteria for the award and establishing the process by which the recipient would he chosen, 
as well as selecting the first distinguished alumna recipient. The criteria they established are that the candidates are 
trailblazers; display extraordinary gifts of leadership and organizational ability; are moving spirits in health, welfare, 
cultural or civic affairs; have achieved wide recognition for professional excellence and leadership, serving as an example 
for other women; have attained unusual success in highly competitive fields; and/or are nationally recognized for vision, 
skill and commitment to make things happen. 

Each year a committee of both local and out-of-town alumnae representing different decades is charged with the task 
of reviewing the nominations, which are submitted by alumnae, and making the selection of the award recipient. 
Presented annually at the Grand Reunion Luncheon, Distinguished Alumna Awards to date have been presented to: 

1993 Sarah Ophelia Colley Cannon (W-B '32). Nationally recognized tor service to mankind. As Minnie Pearl, 
internationally recognized as a performing artist. 

1994 Florence Wates Pert (W-B '49). Senior Associate Minister, Marble Collegiate Church, New York. First woman to be 
ordained in the 360-year history of the church. 

1995 Dr. Mildred Stahlman (W-B '40). Began rhe first newborn intensive care unit in the country to use respiratory therapy 
on newborns with damaged lungs. Professor of Pediatrics and Pathology at Yanderbilt University Medical School. 

1995 Ann Stahlman Hill (W-B '39). Devoted to the arts. Served on the board of the Nashville Academy Theater for 
50 vears and is a Fellow of the American Theater. 

1996 Amy Grant ('78). World-renowned singer and songwriter. Exceptional community volunteer. In 1994 received the 
prestigious Pax Christian Award by the Benedictine Order at St. John's University, one of only three women to have 
done so. 

1997 Nancy Rule Goldberger ('52). Widely recognized for her research on topics of women's development and cultural 
diversity, adolescent and student development, innovative student-centered education and ways of knowing. 

1998 Marguerite Weaver Sallee ('64). Trailhla:ing business leader who made extraordinary accomplishments in family 
and children's issues. Presently Chairman and CEO of Frontline Group, which offers corporate training services 
and President and CEO of Corporate Family Solutions, now known as Bright Horizons Family Solutions, which 
she helped co-found in 1987. She was the first woman to be named chairman of the Nashville Area Chamber of 

1999 [danelle McMurry (W-B '43). Pioneer in women's education. Headmistress of Harpeth Hall from 1963-1979. 

2000 Tracy Caulkins Stockwell ('81). Internationally recognized athlete. Olympic swimmer, winning three gold medals in 
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Each of the 10 board of trust chairs has exemplified visionary leadership for Harpeth Hall. From the 25 years of service 
by Dr. Daugh W. Smith (21 years as board chair) to the normal two-year term served by most chairs, each one has initiated 
positive changes while promoting preservation of essential traditions. Dr. Smith and Ellen Bowers Hofstead (W-B '34) 
have been honored with the distinction of life member emeritus upon retirement from the board. 

To understand the ongoing activity at the school, each board member is encouraged to schedule time for classroom 
visits during the fall to obtain an appreciation for the daily work of the faculty and students and to gain empirical 
information regarding their needs and accomplishments. 

To initiate actions decided by the board, the committees meet on a regular basis primarily on the campus. The 
executive committee meets monthly to conduct business between board meetings. The standing committees consist of 
finance, development, long-range planning and nomination. The president appoints committee members, who are not 
required to be board members, with approval by the board. Additional integral committees include buildings and grounds, 
diversity, education, student life, planned gifts and trustee ambassadors. 

The success of major fund-raising campaigns to increase the campus 
facility and provide financial security for operations has been achieved 
through tireless efforts of board members such as Jeanne Pilkerton Zerfoss 
(W-B '43) for the $1 million endowment fund campaign in 1972; Barbara 
Massey Rogers ('56) and Ed Nelson for the 1975-1978 McMurry Center 
campaign; Britton H. Nielsen and Mary Schlater Stumb ('53) for the $3 
million capital campaign of 1983-86; Norris Nielsen for the 1987 athletic 
complex fund raising; and Don Johnston, Ken Melkus and Dr. Robert West for the $8.4 million capital and endowment 
campaign of 1993-98. The combined efforts of the latter three men for the mote tecently formed leadership giving concept 
of the capital and endowment program proved a positive force for increased annual contributions to the school. 

Other significant contributors to the fund-raising efforts have been Lulu Hampton Owen, Patricia Frist and Martha 
Ingram. Norris Nielsen, Luke Simons and Eugene Pargh were instrumental in forming wise investment plans for endowed 

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Trustees are elected to serve a three-year term, based on 
recommendations of the committee on trustees. While each 
trustee has varied talents, each is recommended based on 
certain recognized skills that will complement the existing 
group. Among the needed areas of expertise are leadership 
skills, community involvement, fund-raising capabilities, 
business and finance knowledge, creativity and networking 
abilities. A trustee may serve two consecutive three-year 
terms and then must have a lapse of at least one year before 
becoming eligible for reelection. One-third of the board's 
terms expire each year to assure rotation. 

To complete the representation of the entire Harpeth 
Hall community, there are seven ex officio members 
including the president and president-elect of the alumnae 
association, the president and president-elect of the parents 
association, a Ward-Belmont alumnae representative, the 
chair of the national advisory council and a faculty 

funds. As recent chair of the finance committee, Derril Reeves 
educated the board on being good stewards of the funds entrusted. 

Successful searches were chaired by Sue hie for Idanelle 
McMurry (W-B '43); Jeanne Pilkerton Zerfoss (W-B '43) for David 
Wood; Carol Clark Elam ('66) for Leah Rhys; and Varina Frazer 

Buntin ('61) for Ann Teaff. Heading the nominating committee to find new trustees was one of the many 
accomplishments of Jackie Glover Thompson ('64), who served on the board for more than 17 years. Ten years in the 
making, the search tor methods to bring Harpeth Hall into the technology forefront was due to concentrated efforts of 
Rick Oliver as board chair in 1990 and Paula Hughey ('66). John Morris, Martha Ingram and Paula Hughey supplied 
resources for funding technological updates to the campus. 

In the area of long-range planning, Mary Schlater Stumb ('53), Jack Jacques and Anne Davis ('73) have provided 
strong leadership. Mary Stumb has held almost every volunteer position and has been instrumental in the success of the 
planned giving program. To retain faculty and provide competitive benefits that would place Harpeth Hall in the top 10 
percent of the region, Peggy Smith Warner ('54) as board chair helped to implement Leah Rhys' vision. Retaining the 
involvement of the Ward-Belmont alumnae has been the ongoing responsibility and achievement of Emmie Jackson 
McDonald (W-B '44). The increasingly beautiful grounds and buildings have been enhanced by members such as Patricia 
Kirkman Colton (W-B '48) [Kirkman House], John Rochford, Rick Scott and Tara Crenshaw Armistead ('75). 

Conceived by the board of trustees in 1997, the national 

Linda Blair Cline ('68) Chicago, IL 

Louise Bilbro Connell ('66) New Canaan, CT 

Carol Clark Elam ('66) Nashville, TN 


San Francisco/ 
New York 

Paula Hughey ('66) Atlanta, GA 

Christine Johnston Johnson ('89) Boston, MA 

Lisa Morrissey LaVange (71) Chapel Hill, NC 

Jean Nelson ('65 ), Chair Nashville, TN 

Florence Wares Pert (W-B '49) New York, NY 

Marguerite Weaver Sallee ('64) Nashville, TN 

Tracy Caulkins Stockwell ('81) Queensland, 

Memphis, TN 

Washington, DC 

Nashville, TN 

Ellen Bronaugh Vergos ('68) 
Lucy Van Voorhees ('67) 
Emily Perkins Zerfoss ('75) 

advisory council serves to promote the general welfare of 

Harpeth Hall. The council strives to become familiar with the 

mission of Harpeth Hall and its implementation in all areas; 

to work with and give counsel to the board and the head of the 

school; to participate in an ongoing evaluation of the long- 

range plans for the school; to assist in developing Harpeth 

Hall through support for present and future programs for the 

school; and to host events to bring together influential and 

representative alumnae and individuals who will serve as 

intormed and enthusiastic ambassadors for Harpeth Hall in 

their communities. 

In the iall of 1999, the council organized Harpeth Hall's Career Day, which consisted of a panel discussion for grades 

7-12 featuring five professional alumnae and lunch discussion groups for 

juniors and seniors with advisory council members. In addition, the 

advisoty council organized monthly lunch meetings 

between alumnae and students. The advisory council's 

future plans include on-line communication between 

alumnae and students to establish cateet netwotks. 

Carol Clark Elam ('66), board ot trustees president 

(1998-2000), stated that a primary task oi the council is 

to help the school develop a cateet mentoring program. 






SJraiett6i *S)f<S*Sociafioi 

Past Presidents of the Parents Association 

Formed in 1963, the association was first known as the Harpeth Hall auxiliary and was composed of all the mothers 
of students. In 1964-66, Peggy Jones, mother of Nancy Jones Quillman ('67), was president of the auxiliary. Committee 

chairs included program, hospitality, nominating, telephone, 
publicity and directory. The directory chairman obtained the 
information about each family and typed the student directory for 
the school. Moreover, the parents maintained this responsibility 
over the next 25 years. 

In the 1970s, a number of other events and committees 
evolved such as a father-daughter breakfast, new parents' night 
supper, a Many Lands Festival, a book fair, a parent/teacher lunch 
and a Grandmothers' Tea for Middle School students. Committee 
members added include cafeteria, graduation and art committee 
chairs. In 1981 during David Wood's term as headmaster, 
auxiliary meetings included a lunch with the teachers, the 
parents' night supper in the tall and a spring luncheon. In the 
same year, the Men's Club was formed because Mr. Wood wanted 
£ ^ ^A^BJ ' encourage greatei participation from fathers I he first 
^i™ // / president David L. Ward. 

Grandmothers Tea 1978 The 1980s saw increased expansion of the auxiliary with a 

grounds committee chairman, manpower chairman and a class mother coordinator for the Middle School as well as 
committees on cafeteria decoration and lunchroom programs. The school year 1983-84 marked the first Double Dip Raffle 
fund raiser, with Carol Rose (Mrs. Michael) and Mary Jane Smith (Mrs. Gilbert) as chairs. In 1985, the Round-Up 
replaced the Double Dip, with an country dinner, auction, raffle and dance on the campus. Faye Hale [Simpkins] and Mary 

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Myles Maille painting oj Souby Hall auctioned 
at the 1999 Main Event, now hangs in Souby Hall. 

Jane Smith (Mrs. Gilbert) were the first chairs. More than 

$20,000 was raised the first year and enabled the auxiliary to 
begin giving $10,000 annually for scholarship endowment. 

In April 1990, the Main Event replaced the Round-Up; 
Donna Kestner (Mrs. Michael) and Nanci Barksdale (Mrs. 
Thomas) were chairs. The Main Event was designed to be a 
school community event and a more formal affair that included a 
seated dinner, dance, and live and silent auctions. The first event 
was held in a tent at Mary and David Proctor's home on Warner 
Place and is remembered as a sell-out in spite of a very cold night! 
The impact of Leah Rhys' leadership began to be felt on the auxiliary in 1992. In 1992-1993, the men's club was 

combined with the auxiliary and the auxiliary's name was changed to the Harpeth Hall Parents Association Board. The 

booster club was started, and the bylaws, calendar, father-daughter banquet, Kirkman House and newsletter editor 

committees were added. In 1994-95 liaisons for new parents in both the Upper and Middle Schools were added, as well as 

senior parents after-prom party. In 1995-96, Davis-Kidd [bookstore] gift certificate 

sales began as a new fund raiser. 

In Ann Teaff's first year as head of school (1997-98), a vice president of the 

Middle School was added to the executive committee, and a grocery store receipts 

committee was added as a new fund raiser. In 1998-99, the vice president of the 

parents network and vice president of campus activities were added to the 

executive committee, and ambassadors, book store volunteers, newslettet and 

receptions chairmen for the areas of art, choral/music, dance and drama 

committees were added. Parent ambassadors help with admission open houses and 

work with new families through a buddy system in order to "enhance the 

orientation of all new families," according to Lynn Ragland, president 1999-2000. Father-Daughter Banquet on the 

Genera! Jackson ,1991 


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off for Harpeth Hall 

1987 JSSS*? $5 000 (*'5SSimen.-t»«™>' • • '. s ?*00 

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dance lloor ..•■•' 

By 1999, the Main Event 
fund taiset had evolved toward 
a school community gathering 
intended primarily to foster an 
espirit d'corps and, secondarily, 
to raise funds for the school. At 
that, it still is an effective event, 
raising more than $50,000 in 

recent years. 

The parents association has steadily grown in function and volunteers. In 1997, Marguerite Wilson, 1997-99 president, 
reported that the association had "a record 320 families as members who helped with 420 volunteer opportunities with 
over 6,300 parent volunteer hours." In addition to that time commitment, the parents association raises meaningful 
money for the school — averaging more than $80,000 in recent years — and conducts meaningful supportive and enhancing 
roles for faculty and students alike. One of the most appreciated traditions is the annual Davis-Kidd gift certificate given 
to each faculty and staff member. 

Monies raised are put to good uses — endowment funds and 
special gifts, as well as activities of the organization. Anne 
Whetsell, 1992-1993 president, feels that the parents association is 
a great organization. "Everyone involved has a real vested interest 
and everyone is enthusiastic. In addition, there is so much talent 
among the parents." Missy Rodriquez, 2000-2001 president, says 
that she has committed to such a large job because she believes in 
Harpeth Hall. "It is a strong school at a great point in its history. 
The girls become empowered here. It is rewarding to be a part of 
this school." 


In 1982-83, the purpose of the auxiliary was stated to he 
threefold: hospitality, aesthetic improvements of buildings 
and grounds and supplemental aid. In 1996 the purpose of 
the parents association was modified to the following 
statement: to foster communication within the parent body 
and with the administration and faculty and to sponsor many 
school events through volunteering and fund raising. 
Furthermore, it was emphasized that membership is 
voluntary. In 1997, the board of trustees set forth in its 
strategic plan that the goal of parent relationships is "to 
enhance the parent's involvement, trust, and support in all 
areas of school life." 


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Pamela Polk 



Jacqueline Glover 



Caroline Phillips 


Sarah Morgan 


Carol Procter 


Florence Bell 


Melissa Burrus 


Marietta Moss 


Tish Scott 


Hope White 


Barbara Meacham 


Virginia Farmer 


Karen Vaughn 


Pauline McDonald 


Beth Lewis 


Jean MacDonnell 


Sabele Foster 


Isahelle Goodloe 


Susan Duvier 


Grace Cavert 


Lee Ann Thornton 


Annie Kate Rebman 


Ellen Hobbs 


Sarah Richardson 


Susan Thornton 


Mary Elizabeth Polk 


Frances Diefendorf 


Virginia Shaw 


Amy Grant 


Frances Prince 


Susan Spickard 


Minnie Maude 


Andree Akers 


Sarah Logue 


Denise Smith 


Kathryne Walsh 


Elizabeth Cochran 


Kathryn Heitzberg 


Sarah W.Nichols 

108 3 

Mary Elizabeth Masengill 


Lillian Bradford 


Dale Jellison 


Elizabeth Hightower 


Margie Eichenlaub 


l \in '1 < '.i\ in 


Marnie Petrie 


Susan Wattleworth 


Martha Maxwell 

Annis Marney 




Paige Ferragina 


Joy Roberts 


Murray Polk 


Thelma Back 


Emily Haynes 


Frances Purvis 


Carrie Crossman 


Kathryn Pankey 


Kate Sherrard 


Betsey Markley 


Holly Whetsell 


Katherine Wray 


Jennifer Kain 



Julia Brown 



Kate Celauro 



Lindsay Voigt 


Donnie Berger 


Katie Hill 


Louise Bullard 


Martha Grizzard 


Rosalie Adams 



Carolyn Carmichael 



Linda Christie 



Susan Souh\ 

Evelyn Davis 


1963-1979 Idanelle McMurry 

Betty Jane Guffee 



Tolly Fessey 

Kay Keeble 



David Wood 

Doris Matthews 



Leah Rhys 

Judith Kinnard 



Ann Teaff 



Bettye Curry Abernathy 

James Earl Adair 

Karen G. Aid 

Mia Alexander-Snow 

Mary Lauren Bartield Allen* 

Mary Prue Polk Alley 

Rosalee Anderson 

Jeannette S. Andrews 

Brooks Appelbaum 

Emma Jean Appleton 

Mary Jane Pope Armfield 

Leigh Zerfoss Atkins* 

Jean Rose Ayers 

Ann Bailey 

Susan Litton Webster Bailey 

Martha Ann Baitd 

Catherine Baker 

Robert Baker 

Judy Ballance 

Mandy Simpson Barbara* 

Sheila A. Band 

Betty Jane Guffee Barringer* 

Vicki Hurd Bartholomew 

Janet S. Barton 

Tama Ttotter Batson* 

Susan McKeand Baughman* 

Margaret Bean 

Melisssa Bedinger-Hade 

Jo Persels Benn 

Robert Benson 

Ra\ IVm 

Mica Beyheimer 

Dora S. Biegl 

Kenneth Jeffrey Bilbrey 

Sus. hi Billings 

Vera B. Binkley 

Ann Blackburn 

Louise Dortch Blair* 

Diann Blakely 

Kathryn Wesley Lazenby Boehm* 

Elizabeth S. Boord 

Robert J. Boudreau 

Michael Wickham Bouton 

James M. Bradfield 

Lee Bradway 

Cecil Brand 
Katherine Brandon 
Winnitred Breast 
Carol C. Brewer 
Mamie D. Brock 
Vera Brooks 

Hilne Thompson Brown 
Mary Brown 
Susan Glasgow Brown* 
Barbara Brummett 
Emily Glasgow Bruno* 
Elizabeth Sulhns Buchweitz* 
Marietta Eggleston Burleigh* 
Marie F. Bun- 
Helen Burrus* 
Rebecca R. Butlet 
Shan >ii Bvers 
Lane Weaver Byrd 
Norman Richard Byrd 
Roseann Caccioloa 
Regina Calloway 
Teresa Cameron 
Clara Campbell 
Patricia Gardner Campbell* 
Barbara Garden 
Patricia Reynolds Carney 
Christine Lee Carpenter 
Betty Holland Can 
Francis E. Carter 111 
David C. Cassel, Th.D. 
Patty L. Chadwell* 
Stephen J. Chapman 
Sharon Charney 
Pickslay Cheek 
Kathy L. Childress 
Marees H. Choppin 
Robert H. Chnstenberry 
Nancy Christiansen 
May Woodie Christopher 
Merne Morrissey Clark* 
Isahelle Climer 
Linda Lee Coker 
Linda K. Colburn, Ph. P. 
Rebecca Hiatt Collins 
lohn I '.i 'tnl. m i 
Molly Compton 
Amy Conrad 
Susan Cooney 

James P. Cooper, Jr., Ph.D. 

Rene D. Copeland 

Marion Pickering Couch 

Mary Springs Coutard 

Tina Trinkler Cowlyn* 

Jennifer A. Cox 

David Crais 

Ellen Crawford* 

Pam D. Crawford 

Cynthia Crenshaw 

Lucinda J. Creswell 

Denise L. Croker 

Joseph P. Croker 

Robhm L. Cross 

Susan Copas Cundiff 

Terry Currie 

Marjorie Shaffer Dale* 

Tiffany Gaston Dale* 

Connally Davies* 

Dugan Coughlan Davis 

Dwana Davis 

Josephine Davis 

Leslie Patton Davis 

Sandra Wagoner Davis 

India Dennis 

Lonita Desjardin 

Kathryn King Dettwiller* 

Tripp Tate Diedrichs 

Catherine A. Dishman 

Jan Johnston Dixon 

Terry Smiley Dock 

Molly Howell Dohrmann* 

Anne Doolittle 

Karen Douse 

Phoebe B. Drews 

Nancy White Duvier 

Magdeline Dyer 

Susie Dyer 

Arthur R. Echerd, Jr., Ph.D. 

Eleanor Eggleston 

Sophronia Mayberry Eggleston 

Danielle Guillot Eilender 

Kyle Ann Ellis 

Zita Elrod 

Elizabeth Emerson 

Elizabeth Tope Evans 

Elinor Crawford Ewing 

Frances Ewing* 

Mark W. Fancher 

Steve Farrand 

Carolyn M. Felkel 

Jane Grigor Ferrell 

Polly Fessey* 

Kathenne Kennedy Flouhouse* 
Felix Fly 
Jennifer Ford 

Elizabeth Anne Salem Foster 
McLauren P. Foster 
Lucy Fountain 
Varina Frazer 
Lonnie Frey 
Gerald D. Fridnch, Jr. 
Patricia Frontain 
Raymond Jean Frontain, Ph.D. 
Emily Bivens Fuller 
Donna Kaye Fulton 
Cathey Fuqua 
Virginia Galgano 
Ginny M. Garrison 
William Gehrese 
Alice M. Gericke 
Lillian Roe Gilmer* 
Judith Scot-Smith Girgus 
Elizabeth Henig Glenn 
Elizabeth Spencer Goldman 
Michael Goodwin 
rerei t '•» >d\\ in 
Dona Gower, Ph.D. 
Martha Stewart Gtace 
Hila Murchison Graham 
Sally Graham, Ph.D. 
Lon C. Graves 
Nancy Gray, Ph.D. 
Virginia Gray 
Elizabeth S. Greathouse 
Elaine Green 
Martha Corwin Gregory- 
Karl E. Grier 
Dorothea Griffin 
Nancy Guerard Grimes 
Jane Linebaugh Groos* 
Landis Shaw Gullett* 
Melissa Hade 
Julie H. Haftner 
Carole C. Hagan 
Linda Jones Hall 
Jaqueline Haloua-Dismukes 
Stephanie S. Hamilton 
Martha Overholser Hammonds 
Jessie Harbison 
Laetitia Wenning Hardin* 
Margaret L. Harmon 
Brooks Harris 
Renita Hartsock 

Ida Hawkins 

Jane VandeRoovaart Haynes 

Laura Hays 

William B. Hayward 

John F. Hazen 

Jack Henderson, Ph.D. 

Nan Henig 

Janet Hensley 

Mary Russell Robinson Herod 

Peggy Herring 

Mehnda A. Higgms 

Dons Hill 

Jess Baumhauer Hill 

Andi Boklage Holbrook* 

Patricia Hollingsworth 

Penelope Lee Homan 

Philip A. Hooper 

Jean Martin Hoover 

John S. Hopple, Ph.D. 

Ginger R. Horton 

Joan Howard 

Ruth Hoffman Howard 

Therese Howell 

Betty Huesmann 

Laura Huff 

Marilyn Boggs Hunter 

Peter J. Iano, Ph.D. 

Jane Bern' Jacques* 

Margaret Russ Jeffords* 

Blair Jenkins 

Tommy Jenkins 

Sheila Johansson 

Joanna Thornton Johnson 

Judy C. Johnson 

A. Heath Jones 111 

Deborah Jones 

Dorothy Jones 

Frank Jones 

Gloria Jones 

Kristen A. Jones 

Mary Evelyn Jones 

Barbara Jordan 

Curtis Jordan 

Driver Joslin 

Laura E. G. Joyner 

Rita E. Kaplan 

Linda D. Karwedsky 

Majorie Kastrinsky 

Angela Keith 

Susan Roberts Kennedy 

Sandra Keys 

Suzanne Killmer 

Tracy Kimberhn 
Charles E. Kimbro 
Anne Keen King 
Elizabeth Waits King 
Paul Kingsbury 
Stacy Stansell Klein, Ph.D. 
Janette Fox Klocko 
Anissa Konieczny 
Steven C. Kramer 
Ethel Krasney 

Georgianne Moran Kruklmski* 
Billie Pyle Kuykendall 
Lisa Eveleigh Kynakoudes 
Luann Evans Landon 
William Lauderdale, Jr. 
Joyce Lee 
Lisa 1 it ' 

Sally Uptegrove Lee 
Liza Beazley Lentz 
Malka Levran 
Leslie Lanalee Lewis 
Margaret Libby 
Polly L. Linden 
Lenore Litkenhous 
Dana B. Long-lnnes 
Judy Lowe 
Michael Lowry 
Sally Snell Mabry 
Jane Capps Macey* 
Robert MacLamore 
Mary Victoria MacLean 
Betsy Bugg Malone 
Elizabeth Marshall 
Mary Lee Mathews 
Manier, Ph.D.* 
Ruth McMurtrey Mann 
Nancy Jane Manning 
Dan Ellen Brock Maples 
Betty Marney, Ph.D. 
Elizabeth Marshall 
Margie Fish Martin* 
Paula Martin 
Leslie Matthews 
Marie Dodson Maxwell* 
Mansa Ortega Mayhan 
Margha McCarthy- 
Lynn Maddox McDonald 
Lucile Drain McLean 
Susan Ralston McLean* 
Donald McMahan 
Peggy McMurray* 
Idanelle McMurry* 

Colene Meier 

Jacqueline Milam 

Cynthia Miller 

Lilborune I. Mills, Ph.D. 

Catherine Puryear Minis 

Ella Puryear Minis* 

JeffK. Minikus 

Rev. Henry Peter Minton, Jr. 

Joyce Lehman Minton 

Susan Gay Mitchell 

Victoria M. Moats 

Donna Olson Montague 

Tracy Wright Moor 

Katherine Moore 

Mildred B. Moore 

Pat Nehlett Moran' 

Sachiko Morrey 

Louise Douglas Morrison, Ph.D.* 

Dehra Morton 

Kathy Thweatt Morton* 

Penelope Mountforr 

La-Voe Mulgrew 


Derah Houseworth Myers, Ph.D. 

Kristina Muth Myrick 

M. Scott Myrick 

Karen Rom Nash 

Elizabeth Neale 

Penelope Neale 

Betty Latham Nelson* 

Vernon M. Nelson 

Polly Jordan Nichols* 

Emily Noel* 

Jane Spotts Norris 

Kay Fossick Norton 

Sallie King Norton* 

Megan O'Brien 

Jacqueline O'Keefe 

Genella Olker 

Susan O'Neal 

Ginger Oshorn* 

Katharine B. Oser 

Margaret Henry Ottarson 

Carol C. Oxley 

Alison Pagliara 

Ophelia Thompson Paine* 

Karen Painter 

Natalie A. Tanshin 

Betty Parham 

Cynthia Parker 

Kay L. Parker 

Lucinda Parker* 

Mad Blackman Parker* 

R, , us, Ph.D. 


Si 'titer Paschall 
Louise C. W. Patton 
German A. Pa via 
Margaret Peeler 
Phyllis T Pennington 
Willie Perry 
Thad Persons 
Ann Puckett Petersen 
Chantal Philippon-Daniel 
Hilary Renee Pick 
Muffet Pickel 
Icnnitcr I'K dgi i 
Mary McCrory Plummer 
Linda Kay Poag 
Judy Jones Pointer 
Carlyn Grau Poole 
Paul A. Poropatic 
Laurie Postlewate 
Ann C. Poteet 
Kathy Powell 
Linda K. Prestidge 
Mary Lou Pnmm 
Clay Pullias 
Enka Radtke 
Susan Ralston 

Mary McMillan Rasmussen 
Darrell Ray 
Nancy E. Reed 
Lucy Reese 
Margaret E. Renkl 
Claire Craig Reynolds 
Anna Rhone 
Leah Schwantes Rhys 
Lisa Rice 

Charles S. Riddle 111 
Kay Riddle 

Susan Nussbaum Rieder 
Kathryn Sue Ritchie 
Karen Roark 
Caroline Isbell Roberts 
Eleanor Flautt Roberts 
Mary M. Roberts 
Peggy Foutch Robinson 
Ruth Rodgers 
Margaret Ross, Ph.D. 
Marian Henry Ross 
Lynne Rothrock 

Frances Roy, Ph.D.* 

Barbara Wallace Royse* 

Nancy Sherman Rumsey 

Susan Kaufman Russ 

Nan Norman Russell 

Kris Ruswick 

Joanna Rutter 

Ann Edmondson Sanders 

Lindy Beazley Sayers 

Lisa Gnttin Schat:* 

Mary Taylor Schell 

Stephanie A. Schlanger 

Anita Woodcock Sdimid' 

Joan Schnutt 

Bonnie Daryl Schulkin 

Karen T Schwartz 

Aim SeK • 

Martha Wilkinson Sedgwick 

Nancy Dwight Seiters 

L. George Sellers 

Murray McCowen Sellers, Ph.D. 

Patricia Settle* 

Dolores Ann Shaw 

Stephanie Sheahan 

Richie Simmons 

Elaine Simpson 

Emily Skaggs 

Georgia Slupe 

Dorothy Martin Smith 

Lee Marshal Smith 

Rena Smith 

Tracy Smith 

Margaret Walker Smithey 

Susan Souby 

Marilee Spain 

Meredith Ann Sparks 

Lisa Ferguson Springman* 

Ton} Springman 

Laura Squyres 

Amy L. Stallings 

Sarah Frost Stamps 

Bonita Zola Steele 

Elizabeth Stelling 

Lillian Campbell Stewart* 

Jane Gwinn Stumpt* 

Kerry Sullivan 

Sandra Sullivan 

Laura Lynn Svaren 

Earlon Swancy 

Joyce Szabo 

Nora Tatum 

Elizabeth F Tavlot 

Ann M. Teaff 

Madeline Terry 

Nancye Thomas, Ph.D. 

Coby Thompson 

Helen Hartsook Thompson 

Mary Bntton Thompson* 

Kate Wallis Thweatt* 

Fred L. Tindall 

Annie Orr Trost* 

Susan Trzuskowski 

Betsy Turnbull 

Rev. Gordon Turnbull 

Dee Dee Turner 

Warren Turner, Ph.D. 

Paul-Leon Tuzeneu 

Masami Izumida Tyson 

James Dautzler Umbarger 

Brad J. Ungurait 

Frederique Vallord 

Robert R. Van Cleave 

Germaine VanCleemput 

Colene Meier VanDeusen 

Jesse VanVolkenburgh 

Legare Davis Vest 

Catanna Andrea Vietorisz 

Nancy Jane Vining 

Rose Vinson 

Anne Abemathv Wade 

Ingelein Smith Walker* 

Susan Woodward Walker 

Judith Elaine Wall 

Timothy Michael Wallace 

Caroline Hilton Ward* 

Joyce Crutcher Ward* 

James I. Warren 

Joan Metz Warterheld 

Man Watkins Wasik 

Nina Watkins 

Violet Jane Watkins 

Lvdia A. Watt 

Mark Webb 

Tad Wert 

Patricia Whitehurst 

Katherine A. Wieczerza 

Roberta Sue Wikle 

Dianne Buttrey Wild* 

Bi id \\ ilhams 

Elizabeth Herbert Williams 

Juanita Greene Williams 

Margaret Lauderdale Williams* 

Dorothy Jones Willis 

Louise Parker Wills 


Alma Wilson 

Susan Hynds Wingler 

Catharine Winnia 

Charles Witherspoon 

Gail Wolery 

David E. Wood, Sr. 

Suzanne Macksound Wooten 

Aaron C. Wynn 

Frances E. Wynne 

Betty Yazagaray 

Joelyn Yoder 

Judith Gaines Young 

Thomas Daniel Young, Ph.D. 

Pamela Yount 

Wendy Lawrence Zerface* 

Jeanne Pilkerton Zerfoss* 

List includes faculty and staff who have worked 
at Harpeth Hall for one or more years. 
* indicates alumnae 


1951-1955 William Waller 
1956-1977 Daugh W.Smith 
1977-1981 John S. Beasley II 
1981-1983 Jeanne Pilkerton 
Zerfoss (W-B '43) 
1983-1987 Robert W. Kitchel 
1987-1989 Mary Schlatet Stumh ('53) 
1989-1991 Richard W. Oliver, Ph.D. 
1991-1995 Peggy Smith Warner ('54) 
1995-1998 Robert C. Hilton 
1998-2000 Carol Clark Elam ('66) 


Mandy Simpson Barbara ('54) (inactive) 

Melinda Owen Bass ('58) 

Martin S. Brown, Sr. 

Linda Williams Dale ('56) 

Patricia C. Frist 

Robert W. Kitchel 


Britton H. Nielsen 

Richard W. Oliver, Ph.D. 

Eugene Pargh 

Barbara Massey Rogers ('56) 

W Lucas Simons 

Mary Schlater Stumb ('53) 

Peggy Smith Warner ('54) 



1964-1974 Linda Williams Dale 

1974-1976 Patsy White Bradshaw 

1976-1978 Alva Herbert Wilk 

1978-1980 Carolyn Russell 

1 980-1 982 Beth Creighton Harwell 

1982-1984 Carole Minton Nelson 

1984-1986 Gray Oliver Thornburg 

1986-1988 Mary Jo Freeman Johnson 

1988-1990 Beth Lewis Murphy 

1990-1991 Jane Mabry Jackson 

1991-1993 Beth Thornton Rader 

1993-1994 Nancy Graves Bevendge 

1994-1995 Josephine Kelley Darwin 

1995-1996 Tina Cummings Huggins 

1996-1997 Nancy Short Phipps 

1997-1998 Emily Cate Tidwell 

1998-1999 Cathy Petway Shull 

1999-2000 Emily Perkins Zerfoss 

2000-2001 Sarah Winn Nichols 


1965-1966 Peggy Jones (Mrs. Robert L. Jr.) 
1966-1967 Jeanne Pilkerton Zerfoss 

(Mrs. Thomas B. Jr.) (W-B '43) 
1967-1968 Keith Lauderdale (Mrs. W.A.) 
1968-1969 Kitty Patrick (Mrs. R.C. Jr.) 
1969-1970 Dot Woods (Mrs. DeVaughn) 
1970-1971 Susan White Perry 

(Mrs. J.L. Jr.) 
1971-1972 Gloria Grant (Mrs. Burton P.) 
1972-1973 Louise Armistead Mattin 

(Mrs. Joseph Jr.) (W-B '47) 
1973-1974 Cecy Reed (Mrs. James H. Ill) 
1974-1975 Carolyn Bass Cate 

(Mrs. George H. Jr.) (W-B '49) 
1975-1976 Alice Casey Mathews 

(Mrs. Robert C Jr.) (W-B '49) 
1976-1977 Dean Gillespie Reeves 

(Mrs. Robert L.) ('53) 
1977-1978 Dean Gillespie Reeves 

(Mrs. Robert L.) ('53) 
1978-1979 Anne Shockley (Mrs. John R.) 
1979-1980 Virginia Sullivan 

(Mrs. Richard H.) 
1980-1981 Melissa Luton Bradford 

(Mrs. William H.) ('55) 
1981-1982 Alva Herbert Wilk 

(Mrs. Frank A. Jr.) ('59) 


Sandra Polk 
(Mrs. Marshall III) 



Kay Williams (Mrs. Jack) 



Britton Nielsen (Mrs. Norris) 



Sandra Gardner (Mrs. Carl A.) 



Mary Jane Smith 


(Mrs. Gilbert) 



Nancy Johnston (Mrs. Donald) 



Sallie Bailey (Mrs. John) 



Peggy Stanford Palmer 


(Mrs. Joe) ('62) 



Sherri Chilton (Mrs. Robert) 



Nanci Barksdale 


(Mrs. Thomas) 



Anne Whetsell 


(Mrs. William Jr) 



Lynn Terry (Mrs. Richard) 



Mary Cummings (Mrs. Greer) 



Judy Haury (Mrs. Sandy) 



Elaine Jackson (Mrs. Andrew) 



Marguerite Wilson 
(Mrs. John R.) 


Lynn Ragland 
(Mrs. James B. Jr.) 



Missy Rodrique: 
(Mrs. Michael) 



Accreditation 48 

Allison, Annie C. 22 

Allison, Annie C, Libtary 64, 73, 75, 76, S5 

Alma Mater 51 

Alumnae association 140-147 

activities 142-145 

Annual Giving Program 141 

Distinguished Alumna 
Award 146-147 

Hallways 52 

presidents 157 

reunions 144-145 

reunion song 144 
American Field Service 93 
Arts 105, 134-135 
Athletics 56, 65, 87-89, 108-110, 


Awards Day 1 1 3 

Cindy Crist Art Purchase 117, 135 

Citizenship 58 

Dede Bullard Wallace 58, 85, 93 

Distinguished Alumna 146-147 

Elizabeth Pope Evans 104 

Emmons Woolwine 110 

Katie Wray 58, 70, 113 

Bear Lair 100, 103, 120 
Belmont College 14-18 

campus 16, 20 

curriculum 17 

customs and regulations 18 

founders 14-15 
Board of trustees 148-150, 

chairs 157 

charter members 39 

honorary 157 

national advisory council 150 
Bullard, Dede 5S 
Bullard, Ella Petway and George N., 

Center for Student Activities 120 
Bullard Gymnasium 44, 56, 85, 120 

Carell, Ann Scott, Library 121 

Carell Visiting Artist and Writer Series 1 35 

Chadwell, Patty 44-45 

Chadwell, Patty, Tennis Courts 101 

Clubs 47, 82, 114, 116, 130, 131 

Beyond Hate 124. 131 

dance 86, 105 

debate 117 

fair 114, 116 

glee 67, 79 

Key 103, 114, 116, 130 

outing 116 

pep 131 

picnic 67, 112-115 

Playmakers 131, 134 

Quill & Scroll 114 

school clubs 

changes 1 1 2 
origins 46 
songs 66 

Spanish 59 

Ward-Belmont 26-27 
College touts 103, 107. 121 
Community Service Day 130 
Crist, Cindy, Art Collection and Art 

Purchase Award 1 1 7 
Cubby Hole 71 
Cum Laude Society 8 i 
Curb Music Centet 1 20 

Dance program 86, 99, 105, 134-135 
Dances 94, 110 

combos 64-65 

proms 113, 130 

tea dance 57, 59, 64-65 
Davis, Frances Bond, Auditorium 85 
Davis, Frances Bond, Theatre 126 
1 'l-ruvjui-liiJ Allium i Vau.I 146-147 

Ellis Art Studio 121 

Faculty 154-157 

Appreciation Day 102 

original 41 
Father-Daughter Banquet 103, 113, 152 
Fessy, Polly 90 
Frist. Dorothy Cate, Hall 101 

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Celebration 54. 70. 81, 96, 97, 1 12, 1 30 
Graduation 50, 51, 62, 77. 1 1 1 

Habitat for Humanity 1 30 

Hallmarks 155 

Halloween Carnival 150, 143 

Hallways ^1 

Heads of School 154 

Polly Fessey 90 

Idanelle McMurry 64, 72, 73, 74-76, 77, 
93, 1 39 

Leah Rhys 122-124 

Susan Souby 38-42, 48-49, 74 

AnnTeaff 125-126. 137 

David Wood 102-103. 121 
Heron, Miss Susan 14 
Honor Council 1 1 5 

Honor Society 66, 70 
Hood, Miss Ida 14 
Horton, Leigh, Garden 101 

Ingram Dining Hall 120 

Junior-Senior Day 68, 96 

Kirkman House 11, 55, 121 

Lady of the Hall 52, 70, 113, 130, 154 
Little Harpeth 39, 45, 100 

Magnolia 52 

Massey, Jack C, Center for Mathematics 

and Science 100, 120, 121 
May Queens 1 54 

McMurry Center for Arts and Athletics 85 
McMurry, Idanelle 64, 72, 73, 74-76, 77, 

93, 139 
Melkus Science Center 120 
Men's club 102, 113 
Milestones 23, 47, 50, 62, 70, 97, 117 
Mole Run 43, 71 
Morehead Scholarship 103 
Morrison, Catherine E. 24 
Morrison, Catherine E., Gymnasium 85 
Motto 52 

National Merit Scholars 72, 107 
Nichols, Polly Jordan 141 

Opening 42-44 

Organization of Harpeth Hall 37-42 

Parents association 151-153 

presidents 157 
Penstaff 94 

Plays 50, 68-69, 86, 103, 115, 135 
Pledge 53, 73 
Presidential Scholars 136 
Purchase of property 38 

Retreats 114 
Reunions 33, 144-145 
Rhys, Leah 122-124 

Seal 52, back cover 
Senior House 42, 55, 72-73, 96, 126 
Senior Recognition Day 113 
Sheridan, Marnie, Gallery 85, 126 
Smith, Daugh W. 37, 38, 76, 85 

Memorial Garden 85 

Middle School 84, 85, 90, 124 
founding 90 
grades added 101, 124 
Honor Day 1 1 1 
Soubv Hall 38, 42, 73, 100, cover, 

jacket flap 
Souby, Susan S. 38-42, 48-49. 74 
Step Singing 53, 111 
Student council 47, 71, 89, 94, 1 10 
Stump 71 

Teaff, Ann 125-126, 137 

Uniforms 83, 114 

Wallace, Dede Bullard, Award 58, 85, 93 
Wallace, Louise Bullard, Educational Wing 85 
Ward-Belmont 18-35 

accreditation 20 

activities 19, 23-28 

campus 22-23 

clubs 26-27 

curriculum 19-21 

demise 30-35 

George Washington Birthday 
Celebration 29, 32 

Little School 22 

May Day and May Queen 28-29, 154 

presidents 19 

publications 23 

regulations for day students 21 

reunion 33 

special events 28-29 
Ward-Belmont Room 100 
Ward Seminary 10-13 

curriculum 10, 12-13 

founders 10 

location 1 1 

motto 12 

presidents 13 

reputation 12-13 
Wintenm 75, 84, 106, 127 
Wood, David 102-103, 121 
Wray, Ellen Kathleen (Katie) 58, 70 

Numerical entries m bold-faced t;ype 
refer to photographs . 


Harpeth Hall, an independent college 
preparatory school for young women, offers 
a traditional curriculum designed to 
challenge each student to her highest 

intellectual and creative abilities. The 

School's program strives to develop in each 
young woman the skills, self-esteem and 
confidence for having a successful college 
experience and for meeting the challenges 
of the future. Harpeth Hall is committed to 
a single-gender environment wherein each 
student can be equipped, nourished and 
motivated to meet her potential for learning 

as well as for living. 

ISBN 0-9709107-0-3 


5 599 5 

.his commemorative hook begins with 

the legacy of Ward-Belmont, the predecessor 
of The Harpeth Hall School. The story of 
these outstanding preparatory schools for 
young women unfolds as students and faculty 

in each passing decade share reminiscences 

about traditions, events, buildings and 

people that helped shape their lives