Dr. Gary Lilly, Director of Schools
Gary Lilly, Director
Gary Lilly, Director

Welcome to Bristol Tennessee City Schools!  Our mission is to ensure students achieve college and career readiness through academic excellence.  It is a lofty mission, and I can assure you that our students, parents, teachers, administrators, and entire Bristol community work hard each and every day to achieve it. 

Educating the children of Bristol is my passion!  Not only am I invested in Bristol Tennessee City Schools as director of schools, but I am also the parent of a recent Tennessee High School graduate and current Tennessee High School student.  I believe the education our students receive in Bristol is second-to-none.  At the district level, we are focused on providing the best educational experience possible to prepare students well for college and career.

Our district has embraced personalized learning through a digital conversion effort that includes providing laptops for students to use at school and at home.  By doing so, we offer students a learning platform that they can use anytime and anywhere to do relevant activities that are based on their own interests using the same digital tools they will use to be successful in college and career. 

We invite and encourage parents to become active partners with us.  By working together to achieve our shared goals, we can foster a culture of education in our community that accepts nothing less than excellence from and for our children. 

Let us know if you are thinking of moving to our city and would like to take a tour of our schools. We would love to show you around and tell you more about the great things happening in our district.


The Bristol Tennessee City School System does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age.