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Brainerd High raises the bar: Emphasis on academics breathes new life into the school

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Dean Cress had it made. Twice.

He had a successful career in the private sector, even starting his own chemical company, which is now publicly traded. But late in life, he switched careers to teaching and taught advanced science courses at Signal Mountain Middle-High School. And he loved it.

But Cress, now 64, is nearing retirement. So he set his sights on Brainerd High, an academically struggling school where he figured he could make his mark.

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