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Helping provide the best education and experience possible 
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The Bearden Foundation was established in 1998 to help provide the best academic education and experience it can for students, teachers and staff by supporting them with additional educational materials and resources needed to create an exciting and thriving learning environment. The Foundation consists of alumni, parents of current and former students, and community members. Thanks to the generosity of the Bearden community,

the Foundation has raised more than $1 million for Bearden High School. 

The Bearden High School Foundation exists to assist students and staff in making Bearden High School a place of academic, athletic and artistic excellence.




1. Provide funds for educational enrichment opportunities for Bearden High School students. 


2. Establish a structure for individual and corporate contributions, testamentary gifts, and designated grants. 


3. Work with the school staff and administration to identify areas of need within the school. 



Buddy Heins, President

Jeremy Biggs, Vice President

Joe Pendergrass, Treasurer

Barry Myers, PTSO President 

Nancy Barger

Amy Barnett

David Belcher

Scott Elder

Deborah Grace
Neal Guthe

Janene Nordin

Stacey Serafin
Amy Shipley

Nicole Siegel
Elizabeth Smith

Scott Smith

John Standifer 

Leigh Stivers

Brian Tanner

Darren Welch
Ward Witt



Founded in 1939, Bearden High School is one of the oldest high schools in Knox County. It is located off of Interstate 40 in the heart of West Knoxville and accessible through entrances on Gleason Drive, Gallagher View Road, Kingston Pike, and the Downtown West Shopping Center. Bearden currently welcomes more than 2,000 students to its campus and is one of the largest high schools in Knox County. 

New Members

The Bearden Foundation is always looking for new members willing to serve. For more information, please email us at
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The Foundation works closely with the PTSO and its President serves on our Board of Directors. The PTSO is a membership organization that organizes volunteers and offers financial assistant to teachers and faculty. 

Visit the Bearden High School Website!

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