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for the classes of Wake Forest College. The College, however, had
had little time to profit by them when their operations as well as that
of the College itself were interfered with by the War. And yet in 1860
the College was able to discontinue the preparatory department and to
admit only those who were trained for its classes. The faculty too
being free of the preparatory work, which added greatly to their
teaching load, were able to devote their whole time to the classes of
college grade, and were doing excellent work. Through the influence
of these schools the College was strengthened in every part of the
State, for according to the plan academy and college were doing each
its part in a general educational program and the interest in the one
extended to the other. This interest continued after the War and as
new academies sprung up in the old plants, even though in some
instances they were no longer under denominational control, yet the
bond of union between their friends and the College was not broken.
This proved of great value to the College in the hard days of the
Reconstruction period.
These schools were of great value to the State also. They became
centres of culture not only for the Baptists but for the entire
population of the territory covered by the Associations. Their public
Exercises were largely attended and gave opportunity for social
intercourse that would have otherwise not been possible. Since these
academies were boarding schools the circle of acquaintance of the
students was considerably widened. Another advantage to the State
was the low cost at which high school education of approved quality
was furnished. Board and lodging might be had from six to eight
dollars a month, and tuition for ten to fifteen dollars for a session of
five months. Thus the many aspiring youths of the State were given
opportunities for excellent high school instruction which would have
been denied them otherwise. Furthermore, these schools were a
powerful stimulus to the general interest in education of all grades
from the common schools to the University. In stimulating their
establishment the College did a great service not only to the Baptist
denomination and the College but to the State at large.
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