• Our Mission:

    Bruce Elementary School prepares children to become confident lifelong learners, creative problem solvers, and responsible citizens in their communities and the world.

    Our Pillars:

    1. Creating an environment of high-level content knowledge through rigorous instruction.

    2. Creating a college-going culture.

    Facts About Bruce:

    • The original Bruce Elementary School was built in 1908.
    • On October 3rd, 1961, 13 African-American first grade students were enrolled in schools that were previously all white. The 13 students became known as the Memphis 13. Bruce was one of the 4 schools (Gordon, Rozelle, and Springdale) to integrate Memphis schools. The 3 brave students who integrated Bruce in 1961 were Dwania Kyles, Harry Williams, and Michael Willis (Menelik Fombi).
    • The current Bruce School was built in 1999.
    • Bruce was recognized as a 2018 State of Tennessee Reward School.
    • Fall 2019 MSCS Elementary Basketball League Champions
    • In 2022, Bruce Elementary was recognized as a Reward School & earned a Level 4 Status.


  • Bruce offers programs, guest speakers and extracurricular activities that enhance our curriculum. Some of our unique activities include:

    • Art Club
    • Basketball Team
    • Beta Club
    • Black History Month (February)
    • Book Club
    • Career Day
    • Cheerleading
    • Community Garden
    • Dance Team
    • Drumline
    • Dr. Seuss’ Read to Achieve Day (March)
    • Fall Carnival
    • Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras Parade (February)
    • Field Day (May)
    • Gentlemen’s League
    • Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept-Oct)
    • International Festival
    • Junior Entrepreneurs
    • Leading Ladies
    • Majorettes
    • Newspaper
    • Safety Patrol
    • Spring Fest
    • Spelling Bee (December)
    • Step Team
    • Student Council
    • Yearbook


Contact us

  • We are here to assist you. Call us at 416-4495 or send us an email to for more information on our school and our programs.