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the other hand, it should be recognized that clean, comfortable living and work-
ing quarters do contribute to the happiness and contentment of students and
thereby increase the probability of satisfactory scholastic progress. That is
what we provide at Tennessee Military Institute - buildings that are clean
and comfortable. We invite visits of inspection.
V. PERMANENCE It is a sad experience for a person to attend a school which
closes its doors and passes out of existence during the
lifetime of its graduates. Recent years have furnished several such instances.
In selecting a school, some thought should be given to stability and perma-
nence. While no school would be justified in claiming its own immortality,
Tennessee Military Institute has much that promises continuance for a long
period. Founded in the hard days shortly after the War between the States,
it has successfully weathered several seasons of financial stress and strain.
At the end of the recent depression, it could be truly said of T. M. I. that it
was in better condition than at its beginning--and that without causing a
cent of loss to any creditor.
Since its founding, it has had three groups of long-term administrators.
The first of these continued for twenty-six years, the next for thirteen years,
and the present group has been in charge since 1919. This makes for
steadiness of policy and general stability.
Despite its sixty-five years of age, the school has all the characteristics of
a steadily increasing vigor. It was moved to a new campus thirty years ago
and that campus is just now reaching a peak of beauty and attractiveness
Which classes it with the most beautiful school premises in America. More
than 350,000.00 have been expended on plant and campus improvements in
the last three years.
VI. ENVIRONMENT, LOCATION, Beautiful surroundings help to cultivate a
ACCESSIBILITY love of the beautiful-an important element
inthe education of a cultured gentleman.
In this respect, Tennessee Military Institute is most fortunate. Not only is
our own campus very beautiful, but the views from the campus are beautiful
in all directions. The Great Smoky Mountains are visible most of the time
in one direction, the Chilhowee Mountains in another, and the Cumberlands
in another. Several times each winter, with no sign of snow at Sweetwater,
the Smokies are snow-capped.
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faith in the eternal things. Tennessee Military Institute has several such
personalities, and many hundreds of boys have been influenced by them.
Further, for a school to succeed in cultivating character, its institutional
policies must be thoroughly honest and free from all elements of trickery.
Sometimes a school preaches a Very impressive doctrine of righteousness and
then resorts to such questionable business or interscholastic practices as to
destroy any influence for good from its preaching.
Tennessee Military Institute makes no claim of perfection in this impor-
tant field. It does claim to be free from pretense, hypocrisy, and sham. It
is our belief that a high per cent of our boys every year admire the qualities
of the Christian gentleman and that many seek to cultivate these qualities in
III. BIG ENOUGH TO AFFORD A COMPREHENSIVE PROGRAM A small school,
-SMALL ENOUGH TO PROVIDE INDIVIDUAL ATTENTION unless heavily
e n d o W e d or
operated at a very high tuition rate, cannot afford to provide either a curric-
ulum embracing the essential branches or a recreational program that will
provide a desirable variety to cover the interests of all boys enrolled. There-
fore, a school that prefers to make up its enrollment from good middle-class
business and professional income brackets should be a medium-sized school
of about two hundred boys. In such a school, class sections can be organized
ranging from ten to fifteen boys to the class, enabling each teacher daily to
learn and care for the needs of each boy. It makes it possible for the admin-
istrative oflicers as well as teachers to know every boy in school. This re-
stores the values that have largely been lost in recent years as schools have
grown to such large numbers. Believing that these are important factors in
determining the quality of service we think a private preparatory school should
undertake to render, Tennessee Military Institute has set two hundred boys
as the attendance limit it will not exceed. The number of day students from
Sweetwater and adjacent towns is limited to twenty and the number of board-
ing students to 180.
IV. ADEQUATE, COMFORTABLE, Satisfactory school work is by no means con-
AND SANITARY BUILDINGS tingent on superfine buildings and showy
surroundings. In selecting a school We cer-
tainly would not rate the quality of the buildings as a first consideration. On
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The population of the town is composed of home - owning, home - loving,
churchgoing people. It has been a school town for sixty-five years. The
best families, typical of the old Southern culture, frequently ask permission
to have groups of our boys to dinner in their homes. All in all, it is a good
home town for a school.
Sweetwater is unsurpassed in point of accessibility both by automobile
and by train. The most frequented motor highway from New York to New
Orleans constitutes the front border of our campus for four-tenths of a mile.
The most-used motor route from the Great Lakes cities to Florida doubles on
this same highway for forty miles on each side of Sweetwater. Without
question, more automobile travelers see T. M. I. annually than see any other
military school in the United States. Patrons in their travels are constantly
stopping by the school to visit their boys. Travel by rail is equally con-
venient with three trains daily from New York passing through Sweetwater
to New Orleans, to Memphis, and to Birmingham, via Southern Railway.
From our county seat, nine miles away, we have the similarly excellent serv-
ice of the superb L. 8x N. trains in their Great Lakes to Florida travel-three
trains each way daily. This may be a minor consideration, but it has unques-
tionably helped to develop the national patronage of the school-a school in
which Northern and Southern boys in equal numbers have mingled without
any sort of sectional prejudices for three generations.
VII. FREEDOM FROM Family and community customs have so
DISTRACTING INFLUENCES changed in the last generation that teen-age
boys no longer have any fair chance of doing
uninterrupted work in their own homes. Even in childhood, one interrup-
tion follows another, utterly disrupting the cultivation of any sustained study
habits. As the boy gets older and reaches the high school age, it becomes still
worse. Such distractions, social and otherwise, would explain why many par-
ents are considering private academies this year for their boys. Parents seek-
ing a solution for this problem would do well to avoid selecting a school so
situated that the boy would merely be exchanging one set of distracting in-
fluences at home for another set of distractions in another locality. Tennes-
see Military Institute is most fortunately situated in this respect. Located
just outside the corporate limits of a small town, other than one high-class
motion picture theatre, there is little that attracts boys away from the school
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