Guild Elementary School

The History of 

Guild Elementary School

In October 1953, the Sumner County Finance Committee approved the purchase of land from Mr. R.J. Long, the cost not to exceed $3,100.  This agreement coincided with the understanding that Mr. Long would donate another five acres to the school system.  The land being sold was originally owned by Judge Guild.

In 1955, the County Court requested that the Sumner School Board of Education name the school, when completed, Guild, in honor of Esq. L.C. Guild.

In 1956, Guild School was completed, opening its doors to children in grades 3 through 8.  Mr. V.G. Hawkins, former superintendent of schools, was named principal.  The school consisted of twenty classrooms, a library, cafeteria, and gymnasium as well as administrative offices.

During the late 1950s and early 1960s, Guild maintained highly competitive athletic teams in basketball and football under the direction of Ms. Miller and Mr. Wells.  The school mascot was the Blue Raiders.  In 1963, when Gallatin Junior High School opened, Guild became a grade 5 and 6 school and changed its mascot to the Gators.  Over time, Guild was a school for children in grades 3-6, K-6, K-3, K-4, and the current K-5.  In the 1986-87 school year, Guild had double sessions of Kindergarten (a.m. and p.m.) due to overcrowding.

In 1994, eleven classrooms, a new library, and new administrative offices were added to the school building to accomodate growth.  In 2002, a wing consisted of five classrooms and more bathrooms were added in order to accommodate further growth.  Currently, Guild's enrollment is appoximately 700 students and 41 classrooms. Twelve additional classrooms will be added by August 2017, once construction is complete.  Further, we will also have a new cafeteria and new gym flooring as well as a new back driveway configuration.


The principals of Guild Elementary:


1956-1966:           V.G. Hawkins

1966-1971:           Betram Shearer

1971-1975:           Pat Web

1975-1979:           Joe E. Shafer

1979-1994:           Joe Brown

1994-2004:           Linda Bradford

2004-2017:           Lance Taylor 

2017-Present:       Mel Sawyers



Our Shared Vision

Sumner County Schools is a collaborative culture of high performing students, teachers, and school communities.

Mission Statement

Sumner County Schools commits to growing learners who are college and career ready through quality instruction, effective use of resources, building a collaborative culture, and strong leadership.