Christ Church (left) and Thomas Hughes Library in Rugby, Tennessee
Rugby is a settlement in
Morgan County, Tennessee, that was founded in
Thomas Hughes, who is best known for writing the novel
Tom Brown's School Days. Rugby, Tennessee, is named for
England, where Hughes had attended
Rugby School, the school that furnished the setting for the book.
Rugby was set up as an experiment in
utopian living. It was intended in part as a community for the younger sons of the
gentry, who, because of the accepted system of
primogeniture, would inherit little or no property. The settlement flourished for only a short while.
About half the original buildings, many in
gothic revival style, survive and have been restored. Rugby currently has a population of around 85. The area's natural beauty, historic architecture, and seasonal festivals attract a brisk tourist trade. (
Pat Head Summitt
(born Patricia Sue Head on June 14, 1952 in
) is the
team. She has been coach at the
University of Tennessee
As a player, and a member of
Chi Omega sorority at the
University of Tennessee-Martin, Summitt was an All American and co-captain of the
1976 Olympic basketball team.
As coach, Pat Summitt has won eight national championships, which is the most among all women's basketball coaches, and second most among all college basketball coaches (only former
UCLA men's coach
John Wooden won more). She also has 14
Southeastern Conference regular season titles with the Lady Vols, as well as 13 SEC tournament titles.
She has written two books (with the help of Sally Jenkins), Reach for the Summitt (part motivational book, part
autobiography) and Raise the Roof (about the Lady Vols' undefeated season in which they won the 1998