In 1884 Dr. George Savage
own school in this building.
It was called "Eagleville School
" but was known in the area as "The Savage
SAVAGE SCHOOL - Professor George M. Savage came to Eagleville in 1884.
He was born near Rienzi, Mississippi in 1849 and received his early education in schools near his father's home.
In 1871 he
graduated from Union University
which at that time was located in Murfreesboro and in the same year he
married Miss Fannie Williams, daughter of Chesley Williams of Eagleville.
Professor Savage taught at Henderson Masonic Male and Female Institute in Henderson, Tennessee from 1871-1877 and again for 1880-1884.
years at Henderson, he
worked on his
Master's degree and received it from Union University
school in the old Male and Female Academy
on the second Monday in January 1884.
During the seven years the Male and Female Academy
had existed, the board members struggled with all sorts of problems due to the lack of public interest in education.
The building was in need of repair, problems with the teaching staff, the term was short because the money ran out and not all the board members sent their children to the school.
The public was not sold on the business of education.
Professor Savage faced a lot of problems upon his arrival to be head of the Eagleville School.
On May 7, 1884, Professor Savage
submitted a plan for a new schoolhouse to the board.
, wishing to operate a school within the financial reach of the greatest number of people, set the tuition fees as follows: First and Second grades - $10.
Third, fourth and fifth grades - $15.
Sixth through first collegiate year - $20.00.
Second, third and fourth years in college - $25.00
Some of the teaching personnel for the year 1888-1891, Professor Savage
taught English, Hebrew, Mental and Moral Science; Miss M. A. Cason taught Latin, French and Education; S. M. Bain taught Natural Sciences; Miss Evie Franklin, taught Greek and German.
After the exercises, Professor George Savage announced that he had been unanimously elected president of Southwest Baptist University and would resign from the Eagleville School.
This came as a shock to the community.