Former Headmaster David Fox Helps CMDS Celebrate 60 Years

CMDS celebrated its 60th anniversary Wednesday with a special all-school Chapel service and a visit from former CMDS headmaster David Fox.

During his Chapel presentation, Mr. Fox ­– who led CMDS from 1984 to 2002 – shared many memories of his 18-year tenure with the current CMDS students and faculty. Among them, he mentioned fondly the Eureka Springs 6th Grade trip he went on every year of his 18 years; the JK “Slappey” stew made for the Thanksgiving Feast; the many Christmas musicals he attended; some special performances during the talent showcase (ask Mrs. Deaver about “The Blues Brothers” and “Guitar Man”); and his own son and daughter as students and 6th Grade graduates.

He also talked about his memories of the Easter Walk-Through and former CMDS Bible Teacher Dorris Smith singing “Every Morning is Easter Morning from Now On.” In addition, he shared part of the message he gave to the last of his 720 graduates during his years here: “Don’t spend your time trying to be someone else. Be the Christian you were meant to be.”

Mr. Fox’s love for CMDS, its faculty and its students was evident, as was his love for the Lord. During the service, he read his favorite Bible verse, Psalm 119:105: “Your word is like a lamp for my feet and a light for my path.”

Bible Teacher Mrs. Cheryl Bryant remembered Mrs. Fox as a wonderful supporter of the faculty and a strong advocate for his students. He started the 5th and 6th Grade Choir with former music teacher Linda Plunk. As a tribute to him, the 5th and 6th Grade choir sang “The Shepherd Song” in Wednesday’s Chapel, which Mrs. Bryant said was always Mr. Fox’s favorite.

CMDS Turns 60

CMDS is celebrating its 60th anniversary throughout the 2017-18 school year. Ella McVean was founder and first headmaster of CMDS, serving from the school’s founding in 1958 to 1974. Since then, five others have held that role: Sam Drash (1974-1983), David Fox (1984-2002), Steve Jackson (2002 to 2013); Teena Maginn as Interim Head (2013-2014); current Head of School Dr. Bryan Williams, who took the helm in July 2014.

Mr. Fox is celebrating his 50th year in education this year. In addition to being here for this 60th celebration, he was headmaster for the 30th and 40th anniversaries of CMDS. He currently serves as headmaster of Northpoint Christian Academy in Southaven, Miss.

Many of our current teachers and staff were also hired by him or were students while he was headmaster. Their love and admiration for him is very strong and apparent still today.

At the end of Wednesday’s Chapel, the entire school sang “Happy Birthday” to CMDS while Ella and Maddie Grace Williams blew out the candles to commemorate a very special birthday.

Christ Methodist Day School first opened its doors in 1958 to 75 kindergarten students. Since then, CMDS has stayed true to its Christian elementary school roots while continuing to thrive as one of the best private schools in Memphis. We encourage you to come see why we are the primary choice for so many Memphis families.


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