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Beech High School is located in the Shackle Island community on Long Hollow Pike, near the intersection of Shackle Island Road, Long Hollow Pike, and New Hope Road. Its central location between the cities of Goodlettsville, Hendersonville, Gallatin, and White House has contributed to the growth of the school and the expansion of the community.
Past: After the closing of St. Francis School in 1910, Beech School began as an elementary school and operated in this capacity until 1914, when a four-year high school program started. The only graduating class, in 1918, consisted of five students. From that time until approximately 1929, the school offered a two-year high school program. Students who wished to attend a four-year program went to Gallatin, Portland, or Goodlettsville. In order to accommodate area students, a four year high school was opened in Hendersonville in 1941. On September 9, 1944, Beech School burned, and a new school was built the following year. This brick structure, with a central hall, three classrooms, an auditorium, restroom, and principal's office, served the community as the only school available until 1977, when another elementary school, T.W. Hunter, opened. The current Beech High School opened August 27, 1980, with an initial enrollment of 849 students and 48 faculty members. The first executive principal was Mr. Merroll N. Hyde, who very capably directed the faculty and student body to a distinguished level of greatness. Another exceptional leader, Mrs. Mary Clouse, became the first female executive principal in Sumner County in 1986. Under her enthusiastic leadership, Beech High School continued to strive for academic distinction and community service.
Present: Mr. Frank Cardwell became executive principal in the fall of 1999. He leads our current student body of over 1,500 students and our faculty of over 100 teachers. Students with all levels of ability are served, from advanced placement to special education. The Beech High School community may expect our tradition of excellence to thrive under his competent direction and compassionate guidance.
Future: We desire to continue to be a school focused on and committed to excellence in education. The administrators, faculty, and staff have taken great pride in developing our self-study. We believe that taking an in-depth look at our program and strategies and being aware of our strengths and weaknesses can only serve to improve the education we offer our students. As Beech High School looks toward the future, may we, as Tennyson's Ulysses did, find ourselves saying, "To Strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield."