Decade of Progress---1930-1940
College Just About Doubles in Enrollment and Equipment, and is Accredited
By All Related State, Regional, and National Standardizing Agencies
Page Three December 1939 December Issue,
WAKE FOREST COLLEGE ALUMNI NEWS
At this season of the year
when merchants and others are taking inventory it is well to consider
progress that has been made at Wake Forest during the past ten years,
1930-40. It happens that this decade represents the administration of
Dr. Thurman Kitchin who became president in 1930.
During this period the enrollment
has almost doubled in size; the value of buildings and number of volumes
in the library has more than doubled. The medical school has been endowed
sufficiently to enable it to expand to a standard four-year senior institution.
The academic school and the
schools of law and medicine have been accredited by every related state,
regional, and national standardizing agency Hazing has been abolished,
and student competition in inter-collegiate athletics and debating has
been uniformly successful.
Something more important than
any of these, however, is that intangible, immeasurable quality of morale.
It is doubtful if there ever has been a period in the long history of
the college when the students and professors were happier and more cooperative
than they are today. With such a spirit and an improved physical plant
it is no wonder that Wake forest is forging, ahead in all lines of endeavor.
Presented below are statements
with respect to enrollment, buildings, library, accreditment, and student
1. Enrollment. The enrollment
has increased 75 percent, from 617 to 1,082 (this number includes 30,
which is a normal expectation for spring registration). The freshman class
this year, numbering over 300, seems to have quality as well as quantity.
Registrar Grady Patterson reports that approximately one-half of the new
men come from the upper one-third of their respective high school senior
2. Buildings. During the past
decade two buildings were lost by fire -- Wait Hall, the old administration
building; and Wingate Hall, the chapel building. But four new structures
have arisen to replace them, and they are all paid for, Bursar E. B. Earnshaw
says, except a relatively small amount ($40,000) that is still due on
the gymnasium. The other buildings that have been erected are Wait Hall
new administration building; the Johnson Memorial Medical Building; and
Simmons Hall, an up-to-date dormitory. Construction will begin in the
spring on a $150,000 chapel and a $50,000 extension to the stadium.
3. Library. The number of
volumes in the library has increased 137 per cent -- from 32,000 in 1930
to 74,000 at the present time.
4. Accreditment. Today Wake
Forest, including its schools of law and medicine, is accredited by every
related state, regional, and national standardizing agency. During the
past decade it has been accredited by:
The Association of American
Placed on Approved List of
the Council on Legal Education of the American Bar Association, and
Made a member of the Association
of American Law Schools.
The medical school has all
along been on the approved list of the Council on Medical Education of
the American Medical Association and a member of the Association of American
Phi Beta Kappa Chapter approved.
Recognition by such standardizing
agencies is regarded as good evidence of superior equipment and instruction.
5. Student Activities. During
the past decade the students of the college have carried the colors of
Old Gold and Black through many athletic and forensic contests, and they
hare given a uniformly good account of themselves.
The debate team last session
won the South Atlantic championship and over half of the first places
in contests at each of the four major Southern tournaments in which the
squad competed. During the session the learn engaged in 91 intercollegiate
debates and 24 speech contests.
In the athletic realm the
success of the men has been no less spectacular. The Demon Deacon football
team this year is the second highest ranking team in the United States,
as adjudged by the total number of points scored. This year the team has
played before a combined audience of more than 160,000 people.
In basketball last session
the Wake Forest team, although losing in the Southern Conference tournament,
was nevertheless picked by the national agency as the most formidable
team in the Southern States, and was selected to represent the South in
an intersectional tournament which was staged in the Palaestra in Philadelphia
against the Ohio State Buck-eyes.
In baseball every year except
four out of the past 15 Wake Forest has either won the State Championship
or was runner-up.
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