|1908-1933||James A. Tate|
Know what you know, and Know you know it.
—Tate School motto
The Tate School was established in 1908 in Shelbyville by James A. Tate and his wife. Tate was a veteran teacher, and created the school to prepare students for college entrance exams. The required curriculum consisted of math, English, ancient and modern languages — including Latin — and history. Tate and his wife were the school's main teachers as well as the sole administrators during its 25-year history. The school burned in 1928, but the Tates rebuilt the school from brick salvaged from the old building and continued to operate the school until 1933.