Tuesday, April 25, 2017

[418] Campus School marks 88 years with open house, honor for former professor

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — Homer Pittard Campus School’s annual open house, held Tuesday, April 18, welcomed current and former students, faculty, staff and friends to the historic facility on East Lyle Street.

This year’s theme, “Celebrate the ’60s,” showcased a special decade’s worth of school and world history, and the annual “Stroll Through the Decades” featured fifth-graders portraying historic world leaders, including:

  • musicians Aretha Franklin, Elvis Presley and all four Beatles.
  • athletes Muhammad Ali and Jesse Owens.
  • computer magnates Bill Gates and Steve Jobs.
  • American Red Cross founder Clara Barton.
  • former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
  • civil rights activists Ida B. Wells, Martin Luther King Jr., Coretta Scott King, Rosa Parks and Nelson Mandela.
  • U.S. presidents from Teddy Roosevelt to the present day, as well as first ladies ranging from Eleanor Roosevelt to Laura Bush.

MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee was among the dozens of visitors admiring the historic displays and the students' work. He also joined multiple generations of the late Clarence E. “Pete” Greever’s family for a special moment of recognition for Greever’s MTSU career, including sons Don and Barry Greever, daughter-in-law Janet Greever, grandson Tom Greever and great-grandson Braxton Greever.

Pete Greever, a professor of education at MTSU from 1956 to 1975 and an educator for 37 years as well as a respected artist, was a U.S. Navy veteran and also set up the first greenhouse at MTSU. He died in 2000 at age 86.

Braxton, who attends Campus School, is now the fourth generation of Greevers affiliated with MTSU.

Campus School, which is celebrating its 88th year, is a K-5 teaching laboratory school jointly operated by MTSU and the Rutherford County Schools. Pete Greever, who specialized in curriculum and instruction, helped train future teachers at Campus School.

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