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About Our School

The History of Dogwood Elementary School

Dogwood Elementary School has a wonderful history as a great school located in an amazing neighborhood.   In August of 1977, Dogwood opened under the leadership of Patsy E. Smith.  The school started out as a K-7 school and later it even included 8th grade.  
In 1989, grades 6-8 were transferred to Houston Middle School.  Through the years, several great leaders have supported DES.  In 1997, Louis Williams was appointed Principal for one year.  The next year, Susan Pittman was assigned Principal at Dogood.  Ms. Pittman remained Principal until December 2005 when she accepted a district position.  Ms. Andrea Simpson was named Principal and continued to serve until 2012.  Ms. Pittman returned in the Fall of 2012 and continued to serve in this capacity until her retirement in June of 2016.  
Teresa Price was named Principal in July 2016 and presently serves in the role.  GMSD has recently given Dowood several facility improvements including new AC units with a new roof, completely repainted the inside of the school, and remodeled the student bathrooms.  The best things about DES are the same since its doors first opened.  The students are learning at a very high level and growing as student leaders.  DES teachers are proud to have been a TN Reward School for the 2nd year in a row.  These students are preparing to become world-changers! 
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