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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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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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campus. Consequently, most of the free time of the boys is spent in congenial
groups engaged in some interesting activity on the campus. Of the influences
which distract at home and cause worry and anxiety to parents, we have
VIII. RECREATIONAL FACILITIES Parents want their boys to be
MAKING Fon STUDENT HAPPINESS happy in their school life away
from home. We desire the same.
The happy boy loves his school and does better schoolwork. Therefore, we
spend much time, effort, and money every year providing facilities and activi-
ties mainly for the happiness of the boys. That T. M. I. boys are happy and
enjoy thoroughly their life on the campus, neither a transient or long-time
visitor could possibly doubt. Evidences of hilarious fun and good humor are
everywhere present. That much of it in the free time is too noisy for nerv-
ous maiden aunts we cheerfully admit. This rollicking fun becomes the normal
order of life during the school session to such an extent that it requires several
days for us to become adjusted to the quiet of the campus in vacation times.
This is not only true of us of the campus community but likewise true of
residents living near the school who enjoy the good-humored noise of the cam-
pus during the afternoon free time. Perhaps it should be added that this
noisy enjoyment of school sports and fun is characteristic only of the recrea-
tion period from 3:00 to 5:30 as excellent orderliness prevails during the
academic portion of the day and throughout the night study period and again
The campus affords all varieties of recreation. Major varsity sports are
football, basketball, and track. Minor sports are tennis, golf fan excellent
course on our 144-acre campusj, boxing, fencing, and swimming. Four
football teams played interscholastic schedules last fall with other school
teams of appropriate ages and weights. Six basketball teams played schedules
and four other teams played an intercompany league season lasting several
weeks. Championship teams in fencing and rifle marksmanship represented
the school, and three district golden-glove champions were developed. Our mild
climate permits tennis and golf almost without interruption during the year,
and groups of boys enjoy these sports constantly.
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