|1947-1950||T. Ross Fink|
There shall be a school that will surpass all others.
—Dr. Thomas Alexander, founder of the Peabody Demonstration School
The University School of Nashville has had a long association with Peabody College and Vanderbilt University. In 1915, the Peabody Demonstration School was started on the George Peabody School for Teachers’ campus, and had its origins in the Winthrop Model School, the first southern school for demonstrating teaching methods. Winthrop was founded in 1892 on the University of Nashville campus by the Peabody Board of Trustees and soon Peabody students were practicing teaching methods in Winthrop’s classrooms.
When Peabody closed the Demonstration School in 1974, a group of parents, alumni, students and teachers formed the University School. The school now occupies seven acres across from Vanderbilt University and has almost 1,000 students. (1)