Historic Markers Across Tennessee

Bonny Oaks School

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Location: 5114 Bonny Oaks Drive, Chattanooga, TN
County: Hamilton
Coordinates: N 35° 4.427    W 085° 10.957
  35.07378333    -85.18261666
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM2Q9G


A Hamilton County Institution
Founded 1896

Authorized by Act of the General Assembly, 1895. The first Board of Trustees met March 7th 1896. Present were the Reverend J.W. Bachman, President: Major Charles D. McGuffy, Secretary: J.S. Bell, Treasurer; Judge Seth M. Walker; and Squire L.W. Bates.

On January 4th, 1898 the Col. Jarrett G. Dent plantation, later known as “Bonnie Oaks Farm at Jersey,” was purchased. J.C. Kalleen was engaged as first superintendent. The first student was admitted February 22, 1898 “at the request of his mother, his father being dead.”

The Negro Department was opened April 28th, 1898.
July 31, 1899 a deed to the adjoining Trimble farm was presented to the School by Z. C. Patten, Sr. for a Girls’ Department.


Erected by Bonny Oaks School.