Input invited on celebration of
Grove's 100th anniversary

P-I Staff Writer


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Local citizens will discuss
how to commemorate the 100th
anniversary of Henry County's
Grove School during a meeting
at 7 p.m. June 6 at the Paris-
Henry County Heritage Center,
614 N. Poplar St. in Paris.
David Webb, county historian,
said he hopes many individuals
and groups will participate in
the meeting.
Webb said some ideas he has
heard for commemoration are
placing historical markers at the
Grove Tower and E.W. Grove's
gravesite in the Paris City Cem-
Holding a community wide
celebration event and inviting
Grove's descendants to Paris
and encouraging Grove alumni
to hold special class reunions.
Grove School, 215 Grove
Blvd., is one of the nation's
first ninth-grade-only schools.
Offices for the Henry County
School System are located in the
Tower Building on the school's
Grove principal Mike Poteete
said there are 387 students
enrolled at the school and the
students are able to concentrate
more on academics because
there is only one grade level.
"Grove School is very unique
because it puts everyone on
the same playing field their
first year of high school," said
Along with traditional courses
such as math and science, Grove
School requires an academic
counseling class that addresses
everyday life skills and study
techniques which, sets Grove
apart from other high schools,
he said.
He said he would like it if
teachers were commemorated in
some way for the 100th anniver-
sary of the school.
"I hope students appreciate
the teachers that are here to
help them make a positive influ-
ence," he said.
Poteete said the Grove campus
is eye-appealing and an addition
to the cafeteria allows students to
dine on an outside deck which he
said was enjoyable for them.
Grove High School became
one of Tennessee's first county-
wide public high schools and
the first privately endowed high
school in the state and earned a
reputation for excellence from
ivy-league colleges.
Edwin Wiley Grove proposed
to build Henry County's first free
public high school in 1905 and
the cornerstone for the school
was laid on June 26, 1906.
Classes were held in the city hall
in September and were moved to
the Tower Building when it was
completed that winter.
Grove was one of the first
public high schools admitted
membership to the Southern
Association of Colleges and
Secondary Schools in 1915.

It served as a high school
until the fall of 1969 when all
high schools in the county were
consolidated into Henry County
High School.
When HCHS opened, the
Grove campus became known
as Grove Junior High School
and housed seventh- and
eighth-graders from the Paris
Special School District and
ninth-graders from throughout
the county.
When the ninth-graders were
moved to HCHS in the 1980s,
the school name was changed to
Grove Middle School.
When the campus began hous-
ing only ninth-graders from both
school systems in the fall of
1996, the ,'name became Grove

E.W. Grove became a million-
aire because of his pharmaceuti-
cal ventures. He founded the
Paris Medicine Co. in 1886 and
the company moved to St. Louis
three years later.
Grove's Tasteless Chill Tonic
became popular as a treatment
and preventative for malaria.
More chill tonic was sold in
1890 than Coca-Cola and the
Paris Medicine Co. formed
branch offices at an international
level in such cities as London,
Toronto, Buenos Aires, Argen-
tina, and Sydney, Australia.
Grove built the Grove Park
Inn in 1913 in Asheville, N.C. The
inn is still in business today.
He began construction of Ashe-
ville's first shopping mall. Grove
Park Arcade, in 1926. Construc-
tion on the mall was halted when
Grove died in 1927.
The unfinished mall was pur-
chased in 1928 and completed
with the first shop opening in
The arcade later became a divi-
sion of the federal government's
General Accounting Office and in
1969, the primary tenet was the
U.S. Weather Records Center.
The arcade was placed on the
National Register of Historic
Places in 1976.


June 1, 2005  Edition

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