SHS Class of 1958
Copyright 2013 Gary Smith & SHS Class of 1958
209 Gale Ave.
Kingsport, TN 37660
Kingsport, Tennessee
History of Sullivan High School

In 1931, the Horse Creek Academy opened its doors to one hundred thirty students, both high school and elementary and five teachers. At the end of that school year there were sixteen graduating seniors.

The next school year saw an increase of three in the graduating Senior class and one teacher was added to the faculty.

Sullivan steadily grew, and in 1947 one thousand four hundred students, both elementary, high school and twenty-four teachers attended classes at Sullivan.

At that time, Sullivan was serving the area which is now served by Lynn View and Ketron. Mr. J.C. Akard was principal that year. There was no cafeteria and meals had to be served in the classrooms. The over-crowded conditions were so bad that cardboard partitions were erected in the halls and made to serve as classrooms.

The school year of 1948-49 saw relief from the over-crowded conditions. Lynn View was ready for occupancy and a new cafeteria was ready for use at Sullivan.

The next year the new Sullivan Elementary School was opened, but the Miller-Perry School burned and conditions once again became over-crowded.

In 1950, the eight grade students were shifted to the elementary school, but the next year they were again in the high school building.

During the summer of 1953, approximately $170,000.00 was spent remodeling Sullivan which was badly in need of repair. The library, study hall, home economics, science and band rooms were improved and modernized.

The students were pleasantly surprised at the beginning of the fall term by the spaciousness and modern facilities of remodeled Sullivan.

The modernized Sullivan had only a short life, however. On March 5,1954, the front portion of the building went up in flames. Everything was destroyed except the two back wings and gymnasium. Some of the rooms that were destroyed were the typing, shorthand, office, auditorium, art, home economics and English.
Classes were held wherever space could be found until it was built back. Chorus and Band was held across the road underneath the grill. It was dirt under there but we had a good time learning with Mr. Gene Proffitt.

Beaulah Salyers Thigpen