In Memory of Claudia Puryear
Claudia and Bill Puryear were instrumental in the creation of Pope John Paul II High School. The school library honors this contribution by its name, "The Claudia and William Puryear Library."
Claudia Puryear passed away on December 22, 2015. Founding Headmaster Hans Broekman compared Claudia to Martha in the Gospel, who "opened her home (providing) a hospitality which was spiritual, beautiful, humble, and genuinely feminine. All who experienced (Claudia's) hospitality were enriched by it, because it made possible a true encounter of friends and souls." Read the full text of Broekman's letter in the below link.
Honoring Bill Puryear
Bill Puryear was honored at the 2010
JPII Peoplechase for his contributions
to the school.
Founding Headmaster Hans Broekman
credited Mr. Puryear with setting a strong
direction for the school:
"(Bill's) inspiration was Pope John Paul II himself. He set himself the target of making sure that the school would reflect not only the late Pope’s spiritual, but also his intellectual and educational values. This is the reason we have a beautiful theatre, a large library, a beautiful crucifix in our chapel, a statue of the Pope in our courtyard, why and how we recruited JJ Ebelhar, Karen Phillips and Betty Mayberry, for this reason the school set it sights high from its earliest beginning, perceived itself as called to be a city on a hill, a transformational place and presence."
Pope John Paul II High School: Early Beginnings
Jim Power poses with Bill Puryear at the
school site on Nov. 19, 2000. Mr. Puryear
lent his financial expertise to the school
Founding of JPII Panel Discussion
Bill Puryear joined a panel of founding board members, faculty, alumni, as well as Ann Carrell and founding headmaster Hans Broekman to discuss the beginnings of Pope John Paul II High School. In this video excerpt, Puryear discusses "the miracle of JPII": "Even before there was a building, there was faith that (the school) could be made to work."
Bill Puryear, Author and Historian
Bill Puryear was one of the featured writers at the 2013 Writers Cafe, reading from the book series, Founding of the Cumberland Settlements, which he co-authored with Doug Drake and Jack Masters. The first book in this series won the prestigious Tennessee History Book Award. Mr. Puryear listened with great interest to the student writers and spoke to several students during the Writers Cafe, encouraging them in their writing.