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Will your boy be happy in T. M. I.? The best answer is to come and see
for yourself the evidences of happy student life during the session. Where
this is not possible, permit us to furnish addresses of old boys and patrons
in your area, from Whom you may make inquiry not only concerning the happi-
ness of T. M. I. student life, but also concerning any other phase of the school
about which you Wish to inquire.
In the foregoing eight sections, We have sought to enlist the reader's in-
terest in eight important considerations in the selection of a school, namely,
SCHOLASTIC EXCELLENCE, CHARACTER-MOLDING INFLUENCES,
SIZE OF SCHOOL, ADEQUACY AND COMFORT OF BUILDINGS, PER-
MANENCE, FAVORABLE GEOGRAPHIC LOCATION AND ENVIRON-
MENT, FREEDOM FROM DISTRACTING INFLUENCES, and HAPPI-
NESS OF STUDENT LIFE. These are the factors Which We considered when
We, as parents, were selecting schools for our own children. Other parents
interested in selecting a school and desiring the most satisfactory develop-
ment of their boys will do Well to bear these considerations in mind.
O CAMPUS SCENE
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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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HISTORICAL DATA .
Those who have read the foregoing pages may be interested in some addi-
tional facts concerning the history of the school. We therefore give the fol-
lowing brief historical sketch.
Tennessee Military Institute has been built on the foundation laid for it
in its predecessor, Sweetwater Military College. Sweetwater Military College
was founded in 1874 by the Rev. John Lynn Bachman, a prominent Presby-
terian minister. Dr. Bachman's purpose in founding the school was
to provide a place where young men could have good educational advantages
under safe and wholesome influences. Dr. Bachman continued as the active
head of the school for twenty-six years, establishing its policies, fixing its
standards of work and government, and influencing the thought, purposes,
and ideals of the institution.
The administrative ofiicers in charge from 1902 to 1915 changed the
name to Tennessee Military Institute and inaugurated policies which brought
the school into nation-wide recognition. By 1909 the school had completely
outgrown its buildings. Consequently a large tract of land was purchased on
the "Hill," just outside the corporate limits of Sweetwater. All buildings now
used have been erected on this new campus since that date.
In the early days of the school, all military drill was under some employed
teacher in the faculty, just as is now the case in the rather large number of
semimilitary schools. In 1911 the first army ofiicer was detailed by the Gov-
ernment as instructor in military science in T. M. I. Since that time, all mil-
itary work here has been directed by army oflicers. For further informa-
tion about the military, see page 57.
In 1919 the administrative officers now in charge became connected with
the school. Since that date, a remarkably steady faculty organization has
been maintained, teacher changes during the period being less than ten per
cent annually. Thus there has been developed here an order of teamwork
such as can be found in very few preparatory schools and such as cannot be
had in any school that is continually changing officers and teachers. This ac-
counts for the higher standards of scholastic work and the greater steadi-
ness in governmental policies that have distinguished this school.
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