Leadership Team

  • Mark Fruitt

    March 27, 2020

    Mark Fruitt serves as Elementary Principal of Presbyterian Day School (PDS), an independent school serving boys in grades PK-6 in Memphis.

    Born and raised in Memphis, Fruitt earned his undergraduate and master’s degree in educational leadership from the University of Memphis. Before coming to PDS in 2004, he served as a teacher, head varsity boys basketball coach, assistant varsity football coach and Dean of Students at First Assembly Christian School. Also during this time, he served as director of the family life center at First Assembly of God Church.

    Over the years Mark’s professional development has included Project Zero at Harvard, Leading Today’s Changing Middle School, the National Association of Independent School Conference, and many others. He has also attended numerous coaching clinics, including: Alabama, Penn State, Nebraska, and Indiana to name a few.

    Mark was awarded the Most Valuable Teacher Award while teaching at First Assembly and earned coach of the year honors in 2000. Mark enjoys spending time with his family, playing golf, and reading. Mark is married to Amy and they have one daughter. They are members of Hope Presbyterian.

    Position: Principal of the Elementary Division
    Last Name: Fruitt
    First Name: Mark
    Division: Administration, Elementary
    Phone - Work: 901-842-4610
    Work Address: 4025 Poplar Avenue
    Work City: Memphis
    Work State: TN
    Work Zip: 38111
    Degrees: B.A., M.Ed., The University of Memphis
    Principal of the Elementary Division
  • Ross Hurst

    March 24, 2020

    Ross Hurst serves as Chief Financial Officer at Presbyterian Day School (PDS) of Memphis, TN.  PDS is one of the country’s leading independent schools for boys. As Chief Financial Officer at PDS, he is responsible for overseeing all financial aspects of the school’s operations.

    Ross attended PDS and later graduated from the University of Mississippi with a Bachelor of Business Administration with a double major in Banking & Finance and Insurance & Risk Management. He also holds a Master of Business Administration degree with a concentration in Finance from Christian Brothers University. Ross began his career in Memphis in the banking and finance field before moving into the nonprofit sector. He previously worked in the business office at Streets Ministries and, most recently, served as the CFO of Soulsville Foundation.

    Ross enjoys reading and spending time with his friends and family.  He and his wife Audrey are active members of Second Presbyterian Church and are the parents of Charlie (current PDS student) and Lainey.

    Position: Chief Financial Officer
    Last Name: Hurst
    First Name: Ross
    Division: Administration, Business
    Phone - Work: 901-842-4616
    Work Address: 4025 Poplar Avenue
    Work City: Memphis
    Work State: TN
    Work Zip: 38111
    Degrees: B.B.A. , The University of Mississippi; M.B.A., Christian Brothers University
    Chief Financial Officer
  • Rachel Bishop

    March 24, 2020

    Rachel Bishop serves as Interim Head of Early Childhood at Presbyterian Day School (PDS) in Memphis, TN, one of the leading independent schools for boys.

    Rachel joined PDS in the summer of 2015 as Director of Admission. She has spent time in the classroom as well as in administration at other independent schools in the area. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Lipscomb University and a Masters degree in Instruction and Curriculum Leadership from the University of Memphis.

    Her passions outside the classroom include spending time with her family and SEC football. She is married to PDS alum, Louie '80, and has two children, Miller and Turner '16.

    Position: Interim Head of Early Childhood
    Last Name: Bishop
    First Name: Rachel
    Division: Administration, Young Knights, Pre-Kindergarten, Junior Kindergarten, Senior Kindergarten, Early Childhood
    Phone - Work: 901-842-4612
    Work Address: 4025 Poplar Avenue
    Work City: Memphis
    Work State: TN
    Work Zip: 38111
    Degrees: B.S., Lipscomb University; M.Ed, University of Memphis

    Interim Head of Early Childhood

Presbyterian Day School (PDS) is a private, Christian preschool and elementary school serving boys from 2-years-old through 6th grade for almost 75 years.

With our mission of striving to glorify God by developing boys in wisdom and stature and favor with God and man, we take a holistic approach to education, nurturing the heart, soul, mind, and body of each boy.

4025 Poplar Avenue
Memphis, TN 38111


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