|1943-1944||Howard L. Allen|
|1944-1957||Richard L. Sager|
|1957-1977||Francis “Nick” Carter, Jr.|
|1978-1979||T. Michael Drake|
|1988-1994||Douglas D. Paschall|
One of Tennessee's oldest schools, Montgomery Bell Academy can trace its history back through Cumberland College and the University of Nashville to Davidson Academy, chartered by the North Carolina legislature in 1785. The school is now named for Montgomery Bell, a Pennsylvania man who left $20,000 to the University of Nashville in 1855.
Montgomery Bell Academy officially opened in 1867. As the University of Nashville slowly ceded to Peabody Normal School (now Peabody College, part of Vanderbilt University), MBA established its independence.With a commitment to the “gentleman, scholar and athlete,” MBA regularly produces National Merit Scholars and sends students to colleges all over the country, including Vanderbilt. The ties to Vanderbilt remain strong, and MBA’s library is linked to Vanderbilt’s Heard Library online public access catalog and students have access to research materials through Vanderbilt. (1)