Below is a list of Wake Forest alumni and students who did not
graduate who taught at one time or another in the schools, both
private and public, of North Carolina. While there are necessarily
many omissions, the list numbers about five hundred. In the Wake
Forest Quarterly Bulletin for June, 1900, President Charles E. Taylor
has this statement:
"Nearly four thousand men have been students at the College. It
would probably be within safe limits to estimate that at least fifteen
hundred of these have been teachers for a longer or shorter period and
that five hundred have made teaching their life work. One hundred
and forty-two have been principals of academies in the Southern and
Western States, sixty-five have been professors in first-class colleges,
and fourteen have been college presidents."
These figures would indicate that 40 per cent of those who had at-
tended Wake Forest before 1900 had taught at some time. This
estimate is doubtless much too high. Before the Civil War there were
only 117 graduates, of whom not more than thirty have any record as
teachers. Of the 970 other students before 1865 very few taught. After
the Civil War for many years few came to the College to equip
themselves as teachers; great numbers remained only a year or two
and returned home to engage in business or farming. This continued
until as late as 1880. Afterwards there was a greater call for teachers
and more both of the graduates and undergraduates were going to the
schools; but at this time the rural public schools ran only a few weeks
and the salaries of teachers in them were too small to be attractive to
men with college training; and for some reason, as President Taylor
observed, very few Wake Forest men got places in the city schools. It
was mostly as principals of academies that the teachers among them
labored. Dr. Taylor had counted only 142 of these in 1900; there were
more in 1905; but the teachers of all grades who had been trained in
the College before 1905 hardly numbered more than 500.
In the following list no effort has been made to name all the schools
in which the teachers named taught, but a fuller account is given of
the more important of them in the text.
Adams, J. Q., Jr., 1901, Assistant in Morson and Denson's Raleigh
Academy; Adams, M. A., 1902, Mt. Moriah, Auburn; Adams, W. D.,
1901-02, Matthews; Albritton, J. T., 1865, Mt. Olive, Principal;
Alderman, J. E., 1892, Autryville; 1894, Baptist Orphanage;
Alderman, J. M. 1906, Dell School; Alderman, J. T., 1880-82,
Sampson County;
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