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the danger they were to their system of schools. Facing this danger
squarely, Principal C. M. Beach of Dell School, said in an able article
in the Biblical Recorder of July 29, 1908: "Questioned as to the
results of this movement its leaders frankly say they see in it the
overthrow of all private and denominational high schools. This as we
see it, means in turn, the overthrow, or, to say the least, the great
crippling of Wake Forest and the Baptist University for Women
(Meredith College); the loss of strong, well-equipped and consecrated
leadership; the lessening of denominational power and influence in
North Carolina and in the world, and the deadening of interest in
missions, Orphanage, Biblical Recorder, and all other denominational
agencies."
The other predictions have not proved true but the public high
schools have brought an end to private and denominational high
schools in North Carolina. One by one all these have gone out of
existence or been taken over by the public school system. Slowly and
not without a struggle on the part of the Convention and their friends
in some instances, but certainly, the denominational academies ceased
operations. It was no little work they contemplated and no little
service they rendered but after the inauguration of the State system of
high schools their supporters and patrons soon became convinced that
it would be better for the denomination to turn over high school
instruction to the State and give their attention and support to other
denominational enterprises such as missions and higher education.
The Mountain Schools were able to survive somewhat longer than the
others, since they received annual contributions from the Home
Mission Board, but by the year 1931 all except Mars Hill, Boiling
Springs, Wingate and Buie's Creek had ceased operation as
denominational schools, and these had saved themselves only by
becoming junior colleges. The story of the rise and decline and
cessation of these schools is a most interesting part of the history of
our State and denomination, but is much too long to relate here.
Wake Forest College, however, did not experience many of the
anticipated disadvantages from the occupation of the field of
secondary education by the State. Often, as in the case of Cary
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