Friendship Christian School was founded in September, 1973, as a junior high school encompassing grades seven through nine and with a total enrollment of 58 students. During the first three years of its existence, the school used classroom facilities at College Street Church of Christ in Lebanon. During this time plans were drawn to construct the present school facility on Coles Ferry Pike, six miles west of Lebanon. FCS moved into this new facility in September, 1976, and the first high school graduating class, the class of 1977, celebrated its senior year in the new school. At that point the school population had more than doubled to 135 students.
The 1977-78 school year saw the addition of an elementary school, grades one through six, following the purchase and renovation of the Oakland School (now Linda’s Little Ones). That first year the elementary school was divided between two campuses. The lower three grades were housed at the College Street location and grades four, five, and six attended the Oakland facility located less than a mile from the high school campus. The elementary campuses were consolidated in 1978 when the McFarland family funded the construction of four new classrooms at the Oakland School.
A kindergarten class was added in the fall of 1979, and for ten years the school offered a kindergarten through twelfth grade program. In 1989 a new elementary school building, containing eight large classrooms and a library, was constructed on the current campus. In addition to facilitating the consolidation of first through twelfth grades onto one campus, the new construction also enabled FCS to add a pre-kindergarten class, which along with the kindergarten continued to utilize the Oakland facility. In 1991, due to the generosity of the Lester family, a new high school library and six additional classrooms were built bringing all students together on one campus.
A new middle school building was finished in 1995. In the fall of 1997 a new state-of-the-art sports complex was constructed. The gymnasium has a seating capacity of more than twelve hundred, contains a fully equipped weight room, team meeting rooms, locker rooms, and coaching offices.
In 1998, two significant events took place. The campus was named “The McFarland Campus” in memory of Dr. Sam and Mrs. Gwendolyn McFarland, outstanding benefactors of our school. Additionally, a Performing Arts Center was created when the old gym was renovated into a theater with a seating capacity of approximately six hundred, a band room, and a chorus room.This facility was named the Ken and Lynn Lester Performing Arts Center.
In 2003, James and Gay Chamberlain sponsored the creation of the Chamberlain Coffee House, a full-service coffee house to serve our students, faculty, and parents.
In January, 2009 we opened a new 12,000 sq. foot building housing 10 new classrooms for middle school students. Named in honor of Mackie and Judy Bentley, The Bentley Building, like the rest of the FCS campus, is wireless and provides the latest in technology for teachers and students. In its quest to incorporate green technology where possible, FCS is the first installation in Wilson County of pervious concret paving with this construction.
Committed to the mission of nurturing strong minds and strong faith, FCS embraces a future built on the strong legacy of the past.