published Monday, April 25th, 2011

Chattanooga: Ted Turner visits McCallie School

Media mogul and McCallie School alumnus Ted Turner visited his alma mater today, school officials said.

The trip lasted less than two hours, but Turner reportedly met with members of a newly reformed sailing club and a debate club.

“He arrived by helicopter and met with the sailing club, which has been reformed after several decades,” school spokesman Billy Faires said. “He was involved in both sailing and debate when he attended.”

The billionaire businessman also held a 30-minute question-and-answer session with upper-school students before departing, Faires said.

Turner, who founded cable networks CNN and TBS and also owned the Atlanta Braves, graduated from McCallie in 1956. He regularly visits the Chattanooga boys school and has given millions to the private school over the years.

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alohaboy said...

I understand that he visits many schools that he was kick out of, right Ted?

April 25, 2011 at 3:56 p.m.
princehal said...


April 25, 2011 at 4:28 p.m.
rosebud said...

Gotta love Ted Turner. He's one of the richest guys in the world, and he pops through Chatt-town every few years to donate to his alma mater (one of the richest schools in the world). The rich get richer...

April 25, 2011 at 8:17 p.m.

rosebud, not sure I follow your train of thought. Ted Turner went to McCallie. Typically graduates of any number of schools do donate (at least those who can read, write and have become successful).

April 25, 2011 at 8:38 p.m.

btw, rosebud parents of students at schools such as McCallie and/or Baylor, pay more for tuition than most colleges.

April 25, 2011 at 8:40 p.m.
NoMyth said...

I'm with 'rosebud'. Ted (and all goodhearted people) should make any donations to people and causes that actually need money, instead of a bunch of bratty rich kids. It shows how clueless many wealthy people are, living inside of their bubble.

April 25, 2011 at 9:10 p.m.
WhitesCreek said...

Why is it that everytime someone does something good the haters come out to sling offal? Ted Turner has done more good with his money than anyone I know of. He has given hundreds of millions of dollars to attack the root causes of hunger and disease and has pressed other wealthy people to do good things for humanity with their money as well. Ted Turner is a great man. Chattanooga should celebrate their connection to him.

April 26, 2011 at 7:30 a.m.
kp2241 said...

First of all, I would like to point out that it is definitely not fair to say that McCallie students are a bunch of bratty rich kids.

Second, McCallie isn't even close to one of the richest schools in the world.

Third, Ted Turner didn't get kicked out of McCallie, he got kicked out of Brown University.

Fourth, Ted Turner has donated to charitable causes, such as his generous donation to the United Nations (, as well as given to his alma matter.

Fifth, I can say all of this because I was there when his helicopter landed, and I have gone to McCallie for four years now.

May 9, 2011 at 6:37 p.m.
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