One of my self-proclaimed critics, who happens to be a distinguished alumnus of the highly respected McCallie School on Dobbs Avenue, has often commented unfavorably on my articles as a writer by virtue of his sense of humor. self-imposed.

He has often suggested that I have over-emphasized topics related to two of my alma maters rather than due respect to his fine institution of learning whose football field now occupies the former site of originally from Chattanooga Central High School.

Although articles relating to the historic Episcopal University of the Cumberland Plateau (Sewanee) have provided many provocative discussions over the past two years (as well as from 1856), it was never my intention to despise the Boys in Blue from the prestigious prep school of Senator Howard Baker, Jr., Ted Turner, and thousands of other equally successful young men.

However, in McCallie’s hallowed history, there was an alleged event in the 1950s that has escaped proper recognition.

On an unspecified date, a small crowd of young cadets and their riders decided to enjoy an unauthorized moonlit swim on Lake McCallie.

The identities of the intruders will not be released except to indicate that the three male and female swimmers are from prominent families, including an alleged descendant of the board.

When their presence was detected, a law enforcement officer from another group wearing blue from the Chattanooga Police Department was summoned to enforce regulations regarding the illegal water courtship in McCallie.

After being led by the representative of the long arm of the law, all of the violators immediately obeyed his request to return to the shore —– except one.

It should be noted that in the center of said lake there was a floating dock which could be used for sunbathing etc.

A young athlete strong in an individual sport refused to give up his place of refuge beneath said site and one of Chattanooga’s best waded and paddled through the shallow water to apprehend and remove the disobedient teenager.

When he reached the potential juvenile delinquent, the younger applied a counter-snatch hold and repeatedly threw his opponent under the cool waters of the premises of the main military preparation school.

Historical history does not indicate whether the other intruding young women and men were ever punished for their act, but McCallie’s “dunker” exit was well before his graduation date.

Nevertheless, the school and the young man successfully survived the event that happened more than seventy years ago.

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jerry summers

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