(WBIR - Knoxville, TN) "It was better than I'd thought it be. He's a real nice guy. He's like you knew him when you first seen him."
That's what one high school student said moments after President Ronald Reagan visited his classroom at Farragut High School back in 1983.
The President's visit was part of the reading of the "National Commission on Excellence in Education Report" at Farragut High School. Reagan visited a Knox County School because he said he wanted to learn. "Your state legislators, your governor, your teachers are calling national attention to the sorry state of America's educational system," said President Reagan before a packed hours. "[It's] a system that was once the finest in all the world, so I've come here to listen and learn. Farragut High School & the Knox County School System are shining examples of that."
President Reagan visited East Tennessee several times during his presidency including when he took part in opening ceremonies for the 1982 World's Fair in Knoxville.
Regardless, President Reagan's time at Farragut High School is still a vivid memory in the minds of students who experienced his visit and remains one of your "Straight from the Heart" Moments.