Tennessee Military Institute - Radiogram Yearbook (Sweetwater, TN)

 - Class of 1971

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COIUQ 0 ,MLP eine . . . 39'-I-EGF Dating from the adoption of the present name of the school in PREPARATORY 1904, the primary objective has been the adequate preparation of boys for successful work in the better colleges and technical schools. It is constantly borne in mind that adequate preparation for college comprises thorough teaching on the part of teachers, the acquiring of right habits of study on the part of students, and, still more important, the cultiva- tion in the pupil of the fundamentals of sound character. . The preparatory school course is usually thought of as a four-year course comprising the ninth to twelfth grades, inclusive. Considering our college- preparatory work our chief function, and keeping the emphasis in the school in that direction, it has been natural that most of our pupils represent this group. Since Tennessee Military Institute has come to be recognized as one of the outstandingly good college preparatory schools, boys and parents interested in that type of education have selected this school in increasing numbers. This, in turn, has resulted in bringing to the school boys of better than average mental ability. Consequently, the work of the school is designed for this superior group. The college preparatory work requires a student to accomplish sixteen Carnegie units as a requirement for graduation. These units must come in the fields of English, Mathematics, Languages, Science, and Social Science. Prep- aration for college based on this quality of credit structure assures the neces- sary preparatory work to meet the requirements for entrance at the better col- leges and universities. T. M. I. has restricted the offerings leading to its college preparatory diploma to work of this character through a period of more than forty years. EIGHTH Our work below high school is limited to one class preparing boys GRADE for work in our freshman or ninth grade course. In general this work conforms to eighth grade courses as taught in the public school with somewhat greater emphasis on English and Mathematics to prepare boys for continuation courses in the same subjects. Class sections in this group are alway small and teachers are able to give close attention to the needs of in- dividual boys. Page Fifteen

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Mdforica eibafa . . . 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 officers 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 out- grown 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. The military has been an essential Part of the school since its founding. Dur- ing the early history of the school, the military program was under the direction of qualified personnel employed by the school. There followed a period in which T. M. I. participated in ROTC, At present, we have returned to the original plan, with the military program directed by regular faculty personnel. For further information about the military, see Page Fifty-Three. In 1953 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 an- nually. 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 accounts for the higher standards of scholastic work and the greater steadiness in governmental policies that have distinguished this school. Page Fourteen

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CHARACTER OF STUDENT BODY Few, if any, considerations in the selection of a school are more important than that of the kind of boys attracted to it, and the reputation of these boys for good conduct during their period of school attendance. It is our belief that inquiry from those who know T. M. I. both locally and throughout the large area served by it will bring convincing testimony, first, that it draws boys of much better than average character and general promise, and, second, that the atmosphere and influences of the school and community on boys en- rolled result in a record, year after year, of superior student conduct. There are good reasons for this. In the first place, T. M. I. is a school of well-defined policies and traditions developed through the continuous super- vision of the same administrative officers. It is known to be a school of excel- lent government and orderliness, Quite naturally, such a school makes its appeal to parents of similar ideals and to homes where orderliness, regard for parental wishes, and respect for parental authority prevail. As a rule, such homes are homes of culture and refinement. Boys with such family back- ground are better material for a school to work on, and from them there em- anate better influences on their associates in the intimate life of the boarding school. An unusually high per cent of our boys come from these better homes and display evidences of better home training. The new cadet entering the school comes in contact with old boys already proud of its fine traditions and loyal to its higher interests. This appeals to his better impulses and arouses or confirms in him a purpose to make for himself a good student record in the school and school community. This sort of process has gone on through the years and still continues in T. M. I. It has become a mighty power for good influences in the life of the school as a whole and in the individual lives of boys enrolled. MORAL AND RELIGIOUS INFLUENCES While Tennessee Military Institute is not a church school in the sense that it is supported by funds from any particular denomination, the importance of religion in the life of the individual and the claims of the churches on the trained leadership developed in the schools are held before our cadets con- stantly. Hence, it is our constant effort to create in the school a wholesome and vital religious atmosphere-an atmosphere that will inspire and elevate the life and purposes of our cadets and develop in them serious regard for the religious aspects of their lives. Page Sixteen

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