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Hume Fogg H.S. celebrates 100th birthday

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

Not many schools can say they've been in the same building for a century but Hume Fogg Magnet School can.

The school has been in their building, fondly referred to as the "castle," for 100 years.

Over the past century, thousands of students have walked the same exact halls at Hume Fogg.

It was only recently the original hard wood floors from 1912 got a makeover.

"This is just really something we're going to look back on like 40 or 50 years from now," said senior Taylor Bates, "It's just really cool we got to be seniors at this time."

Hume Fogg began after Hume High School and Fogg High School, on opposite sides of the street at 8th Avenue and Broadway, combined.

Over the years, the school has reinvented itself from a school focused on a classical education to a vocational school and now a magnet school.

"It is really an honor to be in these hallowed halls to know that so many people over the past 100 years have come here to learn and be educated," said Daron Bruce, a theater teacher who has worked at Hume Fogg for 15 years.

Perhaps two of the most famous graduates are Betty Page and Dinah Shore.

"She was known as Fannie Rose Shore at that time," explained Bruce, "and she was in theatrical productions when she went to school here."

Although "the castle" has had some upgrades since it first opened, much of the building is still original, including the gym.

Hume Fogg is the only public high school in Tennessee without a full sized gym, forcing athletes to practice and compete at other schools.

The auditorium is also due for an upgrade, something the school hopes to include when it finally gets the go ahead from MNPS to start major renovations.

Bruce told Nashville's News 2, "There's a lot of pride here, so I think it'll be around for another 100 years."

The hope is during the next centennial, even more history can be added to an already large and storied collection.

Friday night's celebration goes from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the high school.

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