There were several speakers at the event. The first speaker was S.E. Hunt, a member of the school board. He took no credit for himself, but instead praised the community for their efforts in getting the school opened so quickly. He was quoted as saying, “It is the unmistakable duty for any community to work unceasingly for the cause of the children.. the little ones whose training is entrusted to our care.” He went on to assure the people that the new public school would be the best school in town. He ended his speech by proclaiming that “Dickson is approaching a new era in education.”
“Professor” W.C. Caldwell of Mount Juliet was chosen to be principal of the new school and he also spoke. He was a graduate of Cumberland University, who had 28 years of teaching experience. He said he was ready to lead the school and looked forward to meeting all of the locals soon.
The final speaker was W.T. Crotzer. He said he remembered a time when there was no college and while he was proud of the work that the Dickson College had done, especially for the elementary school children, he was very excited for the new public school and encouraged the community to not only have pride in the college, but also their new public school.
All of the new teachers for grades 1-8 were announced. Registration was held and over 800 students registered for school. The first day of school was Tuesday September 29, 1908. The school day began at 9am.
The Bryan School served its purpose, but it was never meant to be a permanent solution. The new schoolhouse was almost over capacity from the beginning and plans were being made to build a bigger and better school with things like a cafeteria, auditorium, and gymnasium. Within a few years a new school would be built, but the foundation for the modern public school system in Dickson County was established with the formation of the Bryan School in Dickson.