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Letter of transmittal 5

Introduction 7

The school history 1

The buildings and equipment 9

The school grounds H

Instructional work of the school 13

Community service 18

The results of the school 21

Appendix—Industrial equipment of the Farragut High School 22


Plate 1. Farragut School—approach from Kingston Pike Frontispiece.

2A. The principal's home 8

2B. Girls' basket ball grounds 8

3A. Cooking class 12

3B. Home economics room 12

4A. Laboratory for sciences and agriculture 12

4B. Manual training class 12

5A. Water power which drives the double acting ram 16

5B. The Farragut watering place 10

6A. Group of farmers at the meeting to discuss canning factories

and corn growing 16

6B. Scene from the play "The Dust of the Karth." given at Commencement, May, 1912 16


Department Of The Interior.

Bureau Of Education, Washington, October 20,1913.

Sir: I know of no more successful attempt to adapt the organization, work, and ideas of a country school to the needs of country life than that made by the Farragut School, located in the open country near the village of Concord, Knox County, Tenn. Through 10 years of varied success this school has demonstrated the fact that the work of the rural school may be adjusted to meet the practical needs and requirements of country life without losing any of its value for discipline and culture.

The community served by this school is not rich. It is just an ordinary American farming community. What it has done other farming communities may do without greater effort and expense than any American community should be willing to make for the education of its children. The people of this community have learned already that the larger expenditure necessary for the school of better type is its best investment

The manuscript submitted herewith, prepared by A. C. Monahan, one of the bureau's specialists in rural education, assisted by Adams Phillips, principal of the school, gives a brief account of the origin, growth, and work of this school and its relation to the life of the community. I recommend that it be published as a bulletin of the Bureau of Education as an illustration of a new type of school which should and will, I believe, become much more common than it now is.

Some sentimental interest may attach to this school because of the fact that it is located near the birthnlace of Admiral David Glasgow Farragut, whose name it bears.

Respectfully submitted.

P. P. Claxton,


To the Secretary Of The Interior.




The Farragut High School is loated in Knox County, Tenn., about 15 miles west of Knoxville and 1^ miles north of Concord, a village of 300 population on the Southern Railway. The school building stands in the open country at the junction of the Concord Pike with the Kingston Pike, which runs westward from Knoxville through a succession of open valleys well adapted to farming. The region is typical of the better farming sections of eastern Tennessee.

In the same building with the high school is an elementary school of 150 children from the tenth school district of Knox County. The section tributary to this elementary school contains 12 or 15 square miles and formerly had three elementary schools of one or two rooms each. The high school had last year (1912-13) 90 students, nearly all of whom were from the western half of Knox County, and the large majority were from the tenth district. The high school is one of the system of county high schools and is supported out of the county high-school funds, which in this, as in other counties of Tennessee, are separate from the fund for elementary schools. Tuition is free to all pupils who are residents of Knox County; others pay a fee of $3 per month. The school has no dormitories and makes no provision for boarding pupils. The pupils either return to their own homes each night or they find board and room in the neighboring farmhouses. Last year there were only 10 boarding pupils.


In 1902 a number of heads of families in the tenth district of Knox County met for the purpose of devising some means by which thtir children might have the advantages of a good home school offering opportunities for a better kind of education for their children. They enlisted the cooperation of the district school directors. Mass meetings were held in which the need for a better school and the means of obtaining it were discussed. The school was planned to include a high school adapted to the needs of the community. Charles W. Dabney, then president of the University of Tennessee, now president of the University of Cincinnati; P. P. Claxton. then professor

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