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All Alumni Are Members

The Bright School Alumni Association seeks to promote the interests and welfare of the school, to create and maintain an ongoing mutually beneficial relationship between the school and alumni, and further the school's mission and values through its alumni.

Every person who has graduated from The Bright School is a member of the Alumni Association.

Board of Directors

Austin Center '85, President 
Allison Cromie '84 
Janet Hartman '83
Davey Horsman '90
Matt McGauley '92 
Missy Griggs McKenna '87
Ann Morgan '75
Cathy Shearer Morris '68 
Maury Nicely '83 
John Shearer '72 
Erin Worthington '95 
Jenny Wright '91 

Class Representatives

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Class representatives have been assigned for most years between 1950-1993. We are currently seeking representatives for years following 1993. Class representatives help the school by locating their classmates and updating contact information for the school's alumni database.

Contact Head of School O.J. Morgan at [email protected] or 423-305-6462 if you would like to be involved.


Fletcher Bright ’43 Distinguished Alumnus Award

This award is given to alumni who have exhibited brilliant and distinguished lifelong work in a significant field of endeavor or service.

Recipients include:

Mai Bell Hurley '40 in 2014
Franklin McCallie '52 in 2016

Jack McDonald ’45 Service Award

This award is given to alumni who have contributed significantly to the welfare of Bright School and exemplified the highest standards of the school through selfless devotion to the interests of the school.

Recipients include:

Gordon P. Street Jr. ’50 in 2014
Lucy Bright Thatcher '41 in 2016

Citizen of the World Award

This award recognizes alumni who are fulfilling the school's mission: "The Bright School builds a foundation upon which students become wise and compassionate citizens of the world. Its century of progress fosters the intellectual, artistic, physical, and moral growth of young boys and girls." To be eligible for the award, alumni must be current students in high school (grades 9-12), college. or graduate school. The winning alumni demonstrate leadership in service to others in the broader community.

Recipients include:

Mimi Vance '10 in 2017

Alumni Groups

Fort Wood Society

Fort Wood Street Location

The Bright School has been located at six different addresses in Chattanooga since its founding in 1913 by Mary G. Bright. The current location off Hixson Pike in North Chattanooga has been the site of the school since 1963, graduating its first class that spring.

Prior to the current location, the school was located at 833 Fort Wood Street on what is now the campus of The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga from 1924 to 1962. Alumni who attended The Bright School at this location have special memories of the building and Miss Bright that the school believes are important to its history. All four previous locations of the school were at various addresses along McCallie Avenue.

The Fort Wood Society was established in 2017 for all alumni who attended school at this location.

Half-Century Club

Alumni who graduated 50 years ago are automatically inducted into the Half-Century Club and presented a bookmark as a gift. Members of the 50-year classes are invited each year to Founder's Day.

Want to Get Involved? Contact Me.

O.J. Morgan

Head of School
Phone: 423-305-6462

Joined Bright staff in 2004
B.A., Colby College 
M.A.T., Northwestern University
M.T.S., Harvard Divinity School

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