268 History of Wake Forest College
Physical Culture. It was the purpose of the President, often expressed,
to make Wake Forest a good college, to have the courses of
instruction as many as the resources of the College would justify and
to have them manned by well trained and able teachers, so that it
might do what it should do for the Baptist young men of North
Carolina, who as a rule he thought should be educated at Wake Forest
The spirit and zeal with which he went about his work is
indicated in this extract from his report to the Board in 1892:
Very much has been done within the last few years for improving and enlarging
the work of the College, and it is gratifying to be able to report a higher condition of
efficiency than has been known before. But this is no place to stop and rest. The
competition for patronage is likely to be fiercer in the future. The equipment of the
College must be equivalent at all points to that possessed by other institutions, or we
cannot conscientiously advise young men to enroll themselves among its students.
Not to move forward will be to go backward. The price of future success will be, as
it has ever been, wise and far-reaching plans, hard work, and large sacrifices.... We
must provide for a school of Bible and a Professor of Economics and History.
All through his administration, as often as he thought the College
financially able, President Taylor was urging the creation of new
departments of instruction and the election of new professors to man
them : in 1886 the expanding of the School of Modern Languages into
two schools, one of English and one of Foreign Modern Languages;
in the same year, 1886, the creation of independent schools of
chemistry and physics; in 1886 and again in 1888, an assistant
professor of Latin and Greek, and an assistant professor of
Mathematics; in 1889, a department of Physical Culture; in 1890,
1893, 1897, a department of History and Political Economy; in 1893,
1895, 1896, a school of Bible; in 1893 and 1894, a school of Law; in
1895, 1900 and 1901, a department of Education; in 1899, a
department of Physics; in 1896, 1900, 1901, 1902, a school of
Medicine; in 1904, a
8 Reports of President Taylor to Board of Trustees, 1885-1905, found in Minutes
of the Board of Trustees.
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