Reopening and Reorganization 17
Trinity College was reopening also in January, 1866. Amid this
revival of interest Baptists at least heard at their associational
meetings another quickening argument: education was one of our
offsets to subjugation, our defence against moral and intellectual
absorption by the conquerors; and our religion, our schools and seats
of learning could alone prevent us from being swallowed up and lost
in the "progressive tendencies" and "higher laws" of a more refined
civilization.24
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The course of the College for the entire year 1866 was uneventful;
the three teachers who had begun the work in January continued in it
without help until the close of the session in December. The number
of students was larger in the term beginning August 1, 1866.25
In the spring term of 1866, as we have seen, all the revenues
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24 Report on Flat River Association, Biblical Recorder, August 14, 1866.
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For the year, January to December, 1866 the number of students was 67; for the
years following through the year 1942-43, the number of students registered, not
including those of the summer school, were as follows: 1867, 85; Spring term,
January to June, 1868, 75; 1868-69, 98; 1869-70, 116; 1870-71, 100; 1871-72, 100;
1872-73, 106; 1873-74, 90; 1874-75, 91; 1875-76, 82; 1876-77, 98; 1877-78, 99;
1878-79, 117; 1879-80, 171; 1880-81, 181; 1881-82, 169; 1882-83, 165; 1883-84,
161; 1884-85, 144; 1885-86, 180; 1886-87, 200; 1887-88, 212; 1888-89, 218; 1889-
90, 206; 1890-91, 211; 1891-92, 233; 1892-93, 191; 1893-94, 197; 1894-95, 221;
1895-96, 260; 1896-97, 263; 1897-98, 253; 1898-99, 272; 1899-1900, 276; 1900-
01, 307; 1901-02, 284; 1902-03, 313; 1903-04, 328; 1904-05, 313; 1905-06, 345;
1906-07, 368; 1907-08, 387; 1908-09, 371; 1909-10, 379; 1910-11, 403; 1911-12,
433; 1912-13, 458; 1913-14, 451; 1914-15, 463; 1915-16, 503; 1916-17, 481; 1917-
18, 361; 1918-19, 461; 1919-20, 534; 1920-21, 577; 1921-22, 562; 1922-23, 584;
1923-24, 647; 1924-25, 700; 1925-26, 716; 1926-27, 742; 1927-28, 736; 1928-29,
702; 1929-30, 617; 1930-31, 700; 1931-32, 761; 1932-33, 813; 1933-34, 907; 1934-
35, 1027; 1935-36, 998; 1936-37, 982; 1937-38, 976; 1938-39, 993; 1939-40, 1082;
1940-41, 1102; 1941-42, 1061; 1942-43, 849.
The summer school was first limited to the School of Law; of this no record was
published in the catalogue of the years beginning with the establishment of the
school in 1894 and continuing through the year 1915. After that the students listed
as summer school students were nearly all in the School of Law until the year 1921,
when academic students began to be received. The number of students in the
summer schools by years is as follows: 1916, 61; 1917, 20; 1918, 16; 1919, 43;
1920, 44; 1921, 232; 1922, 332; 1923, 298; 1924, 463; 1925, 788; 1926, 775; 1927,
713; 1928, 510; 1929, 429; 1930, 420; 1931, 370; 1932, 464; 1933, 498; 1934, 544;
1935, 479; 1936, 980 (700 and 280); 1937, 949 (649 and 300); 1938, 949 (638 and
311); 1939, 866 (550 and 316); 1940, 850 (596 and 254); 1941, 731 (533 and 198);
1942, 594; 1943, 380. For the years 1936-40 two numbers are given in parenthesis
the first for the students of Wake Forest, the second for those at Mars Hill
College.
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