Statr nf Qemtssae HOUSE ..!OII\IT RESOLUTION NO. 373

By Representatives Coley, Kernel[, Lollar, Todd' Forgety and

Senators Kyle, Marrero, Ford


RESOLUTION to commemorate the 103rd Anniversary of Messick High School in


WHEREAS, it is fitting that this General Assembly should recognize those exemplary educational insiitutions that have strengthened our society by producing graduates of the highest caliber who have gone on to excel as responsible and productive citizens; and

WHEREAS, Messick High School was one such exemplary institution, providing a

quality education for the children of Memphis and Shelby County from '1909 through 1981, when it was closed; and

WHEREAS, the first consolidated school in Shelby County and one of the oldest, if not the oldest, schools in the county, Messick was originally composed from the elementary schools of Buntyn, Fleece Station, and Avlon and was located on ihe corner of Spotswood ancj Greer in Memphis; and

WHEREAS, Messick was named in honor of Elizabeth Messick, an enterprising iady who was Shelby County school superintendent from 1904-1908 and who was purportedly the first person to attend the University of Chicago; she was later married to Elmer E. Houk who served as the city editor of The Commercial Appeal, and WHEREAS, Messick gained accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools under the leadership of Principal Ernest C. Ball, who later served as superintendent of Memphis Ciiy Schools, and in 1930, Messick changed iis siatus, becoming a city school instead of a county school; and

WHEREAS, during its more than sixty years as a high school, Messick produced distinguished graduates in all professions and walks of iife, but was especially noted for the large number of vocalists, musicians, and nrusic industry professionals it graduated; and WHEREAS, ihe pantheon of Messick graduates who went on to succeed in music include: the legendary Steve Cropper and Duck Dunn, the guitarist and bassist, respectiveiy, fcr the seminal Booker T. and the MGs who were instrumental in crafting the sounds of most of the Stax-Volt roster, including Otis Redding, Sam and Dave, Rufus Thomas, and Wilson Pickett, and who cont¡nue to play with some of the greatest artists in popular music; Reggie Young, a gified guitarist who has played with Elvis Presley, the Beatles, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, and Waylon Jennings; Ruth and Betsy Welting and Nancy Tatum, all of whom

sang with New York's Metropolitan Opera; Bill Jusiis and Sid Manker who co-wrote and performed the original version of "Raunchy," a Grammy Hall of Fame song that first used the

twangy solo guitar format perfected by Duane Eddy; Ed Bruce, an actor and songwriter who copenned "Mama Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys"; Jimi Jamison, the lead singer for Target, Cobra, and the gold-and-platinum-selling band Survivor; Gary Burbanks, a raciio personality and humorist who is a two-time winner oÍ tne Marconi Award; Bill Cunningham, bassist for the influential Box Tops who recorded hits such as "The Letier," "Cry Like a Baby," and "Soul Deep"; and his brother, B.B. Cunningham, the organist for the l-lombres who had a hit with "Let lt Out (Let It All Hang Out)"; and

WHEREAS, although the main building has been torn down, the Messick campus continues to serve a vital educational purpose today as the home oí the Memphis Area Adult Education Center, now, therefore,


SEVENTH GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF TENNESSEE, THE SENATE CONCURRING, thai we join with the former adrninistrators, faculty, and students of Messick High School in commemorating the 103rC Anniversary of Messick, a speciai place that served as a home away from home for its students and a neighborhocd school where quality education was often commingled with musical excellence.

BE lT FURTHER RESOLVED, thai an appropriate copy of this resolution be prepared for presentation with this final clause omitted f:'om such copy.




ADOPTED: MAY 12.2011





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