Campus School

By JAMES EVANS
Rutherford County Schools

In 1929, the United States was a very different place.

It had been about a decade since the end of the first world war and the country was on the threshold of The Great Depression.

In Rutherford County, it also marked the christening of Campus School in its current building on East Lytle Street in Murfreesboro. It served as a laboratory school for college students at Middle Tennessee State University — which was then known as the Middle Tennessee State Teachers College.

Campus School, which was named Homer Pittard Campus School in the 1980s after the noted MTSU educator, still serves the same purpose today — 90 years later. The school is owned by MTSU but is operated by Rutherford County Schools as part of an ongoing, lasting partnership.

In the school’s lobby, there is a sign that reads “Welcome to the Legacy,” and the walls are covered with framed photos of former students, classes, teachers and administrators.

That legacy will be celebrated with the community on Tuesday, April 16, from 4-6 p.m.

The school’s support group, Friends of Campus School, and the school are hosting an open house for past students, employees and the community at-large.

Dr. Rita King, the president of Friends of Campus School and a former teacher and principal at the school, recently sat down to discuss her history with the school and its importance in the community. CONTINUE READING

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