The 1915 Brandon Training School football team. (Photo submitted to the T-G in 1964 by Virgil Hastings)
I'm not planning on using photos this old on a regular basis, but I found this in a 1964 Times-Gazette and imagine a lot of folks in Bedford County today are related to some of these 1915 Brandon Training School football players.
From left, front, are Floris Tompkins, Lewis Lynch, Ernest Robertson, Wick Cooper, Virgil Hastings (who supplied the photo in 1964), Ronald Jones, Lawson Hill; second row, coach Frank Faulkenberry, Knox Brandon, Jimmie Harrison, Manning Kirby, Lillard Smotherman, Ammon Johnson, Charles Green, Ernest Turpin, Buford Todd, John Jewell, Raymond Brandon and headmaster A.J. Brandon.
The 1964 caption mentioned that Brandon Training School had been located in the "old portion of East Side School," which was torn down for a new building years ago.
A.J. Brandon retired in 1918 and the building was turned over to the city of Shelbyville for use as a public school, according to Vanderbilt University Library. Seems like I've heard, and hope someone can clarify or deny, that the first Central High School was in that building before moving to Bryant Street in 1925.
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