Bridgeforth High School

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Bridgeforth High School
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Bridgeforth High School, May 2014.
Bridgeforth High School is located in Tennessee
Bridgeforth High School
Location 1095 Bledsoe Rd., Pulaski, Tennessee
Coordinates 35°12′45″N 87°1′35″W / 35.21250°N 87.02639°W / 35.21250; -87.02639Coordinates: 35°12′45″N 87°1′35″W / 35.21250°N 87.02639°W / 35.21250; -87.02639
Area less than one acre
Built 1936
Architect McKissack and McKissack; Taylor, Jackson
Architectural style Colonial Revival
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 06000697[1]
Added to NRHP August 9, 2006

Bridgeforth High School in Pulaski, Tennessee, was Giles County, Tennessee‍‍ '​‍s, first high school for African Americans. It opened in 1937.[2] It was named for J. T. Bridgeforth, who was one of the earliest African-American educators in the county.[2][3]

The school's first building, also known as Bridgeforth School or the Greater Richland Creek Missionary Baptist General Association, is a colonial revival style building completed in 1936, that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[1] It was designed by architects McKissack and McKissack. The building housed the high school until 1958, when it was replaced by a larger school building.[2] The original Bridgeforth High School building was listed on the National Register in 2006.[1] It is now used by a local religious organization.[2]

Bridgeforth High School relocated to its new building in 1959 and remained there until 1965, when Giles County integrated its public school system. After integration, the building became the home of Pulaski Junior High School, which enrolled grades 7 to 9. In 1978, the junior high school was converted to a middle school for grades 5 through 8 and was renamed Bridgeforth Middle School.[3]


  1. ^ a b c "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Former Bridgeforth High School, Pulaski, Tennessee". Cameron High School Alumni WebGroup. Retrieved December 14, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "School History". Bridgeforth Middle School website. Retrieved December 14, 2013.