180 History of Wake Forest College
compared well with the enrollment of 191 at the State University and
117 each at Trinity and Davidson. These facts are set forth in a strong
statement made at this time by Pritchard on the advice of the Trustees
and amended and used as an introduction of the college catalogue of
During the year Pritchard had made great exertions to get students
for the College. "For more than a year," he said in the Biblical
Recorder of January 5, 1881, "I have worked as I never worked
before to increase the patronage of the College, and I ask the
cooperation of the brethren in this important matter." He wanted to
see 500 boys at Wake Forest, and he thought the reason they were not
there was not lack of means but lack of interest. In the state as a
whole he estimated that there were 10,000 boys who would make
good, able men if they could be educated, and he urged parents and
every good man and woman to do all they could to create an interest
in education.
Pritchard had not been at Wake Forest long, however, before he
realized anew that college students were few in North Carolina
because of the lack of preparatory schools and academies. In the
Biblical Recorder of January 26, 1881, he tells of the need of
associational academies, both for those who go to college and those
who do not: "We have had several associational high schools started
in North Carolina. Some of them have done well; many of them are
now extinct. I know of but three or four-Warsaw, Ashpole,
Reynoldson, and one or two more. Reynoldson, I believe, has passed
into private hands; Ashpole is under lien to Brother Ivey, and I rather
think the same is true of Warsaw, which has done well under the
management of Brother Stallings. We need in addition, as Baptists,
good academies which shall be established in each association for the
education of our sons and daughters. And these will act as feeders of
our higher schools of learning. We are now taking boys at Wake
Forest and fitting them for college, simply because we have so few
schools that are capable of preparing them well for college. We
abolished the preparatory department of the College before the War,
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