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JOHN R. BERTRAND
President
THE BERRY SCHOOLS

RISING BIRTH rates plus increasing interest in attending college may mean that The Berry Schools' greatest challenge lies just ahead.
To meet our responsibility to our young people and their com munities, we must continue to develop a program of excellence based upon proficient staff and adequate facilities. Our develpoment must be two-fold. It must include:
(1) REALISTIC LONG-RANGE PROGRAMMING AND (2) PLANNING FOR FINANCIAL STABILITY.
Our long-range programming is already under way. Within its framework, we are pledged to continue to strive for our concept of low-cost education made available to as many students as possible. We realize that because inflationary costs are building up financial pressures it is essential that we make the most efficient and economical use of staff, facilities and funds.
However, we are continually cognizant of our educational responsi bility, and we will discharge it to the best of our abilities and resources. We will continue to stress excellence in academic, moral and spiritual values.
We are most grateful to all those who have already become a part of Berry's promise to youth. We shall be delighted to have other persons join us as we strive to meet the opportunities of tomorrow.

THE BERRY SCHOOLS BULLETIN

VOLUME 46

The Southern Highlander Issue

SEPTEMBER 1959

NUMBER 5

The Berry Schools were founded in 1902 by Miss Martha Berry.

BOARD OF TRUSTEES
William McChesney Martin, Jr. chairman
John A. Sibley vice chairman
Dr. Harmon Caldwell; Mrs. Virginia Campbell Courts; J. Battle Hall; Mrs. Inez Henry; Nelson Macy, Jr,; E. W. Moise; G. Lamar Westcott; and R. W. Woodruff.
The Berry Schools Bulletin
is published six times yearly--once in March, twice in April, once in June, once in September and once in December-- by The Berry Schools, Inc., Mount Berry, Georgia. Second-class mail privileges authorized at Mount Berry, Georgia, under the Act of August 24, 1912, as amended.

THE JOB BEFORE US . . .

the president of the schools

looks to the new year,

and beyond

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THE BERRY SCHOOLS AS I

HAVE KNOWN THEM . . .

the president emeritus relates

some of the highlights of his

34 years of active service for

The Berry Schools

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HANDS OF BERRY . . hands at work continue to shape the contributions of Berry

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THE COUNTENANCE OF STUDY . . . Berry College seniors are chosen for graduate study

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UNASHAMEDLY CHRISTIAN . . . the chaplain discusses the religious life of the schools upon his retirement

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YOUTH--OUR GREATEST ASSET . . . precious human resources are pointed out by the assistant to the president inside back cover

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THE COVER
An invitation to learning awaits hundreds of students at Berry College and Mount Berry
School for Boys as they return for the 1959-60 academic year. The young men at
left are entering Pilgrim Hall, a dormitory at Mount Berry School for Boys.

Printed by students at The Berry Schools Press

THE

BERRY SCHOOLS
... as I Have Known Them
by Dr. G. Leland Green

WHEN I came to The Berry Schools
in 1920, there was only one build ing at what is now Mount Berry School for Boys. Today there are more than 25 buildings on the high school cam pus, not including faculty homes. There were only two brick buildings on the Boys' College campus while today there are more than 15. The Ford Quadrangle of six beautiful buildings has also been constructed. Of course, much of the log-cabin campus remains.
At the beginning of 1921, I upgraded the requirements for high school grad uation. In 1923 our high school was accredited and has been continually on the accredited list since that time. In 1920 the enrollment of The Berry Schools was about 300 boys and girls. They were of mature age for their grades, and a large part of them were still in the elementary school. The elementary school boys were moved to the present Mount Berry School for Boys which then was called the Foundation School.
A few years later, in 1926, the junior college was established, and all of the high school boys were moved to the present Mount Berry School for Boys, and students in the elementary grades were no longer admitted. After four junior college classes were graduated, there came a tremendous pressure for a senior college so that our students could remain at Berry College and get their degrees. Miss Berry and the

trustees finally decided to heed my plea for a senior college, and the first senior class was graduated in 1932. I believe that the outstanding records of our senior college graduates is proof that the decision was a wise and Godapproved one.
The five great basic ideals upon which The Berry Schools were founded and which have become world-famous are: (1) Bible study and regular church attendance for all each Sunday, with quiet, inspiring, reverent worship; (2) Beauty, which includes order, sys tem, art and great music; (3) Work, hard work for all: "Everybody works at Berry. There is no dirty work ex cept that which soils the soul"; (4) a simple, inexpensive, democratic life; (5) endeavors of Berry, as far as pos sible, to be self-sustaining: "Not to be ministered unto, but to minister."
I have been actively connected with The Berry Schools for 34 years. I served 24 as president and 10 as chair man of the Division of Teacher Edu cation. It has been my privilege to serve Berry during its greatest era thus far, and I have seen my two great objectives fully realized: (1) the high school and college graduates of Berry have played a major role in bringing into being the New South which has been developing for 30 years, and (2) a larger number of Berry graduates have entered the teaching and related fields than any other area and because

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DR. G. LELAND GREEN President Emeritus THE BERRY SCHOOLS

. . . I am sure that Berry will keep rising higher and growing stronger.

of their outstanding work their services are sought far and wide. Since in my college days I gave my life to rural education, this has been very satis fying to me.
Now, really, what are my hopes for the future? They are bright indeed, for, with Dr. John R. Bertrand serving Berry as president, I am sure that Berry will keep rising higher and grow ing stronger. Sometime ago he and his staff got Berry College accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools. This means that all phases of the college's work have been strengthened and that its future outlook is most promising. Pres ident Bertrand believes thoroughly in the great basic ideals of the schools, a; he and his good wife have dedi cated their lives to the great cause of piloting The Berry Schools onward and upward. Some changes will need

to be made to meet conditions in this rapidly changing world, but the great basic ideals, never!
I thank God that I was privileged to work for over 20 years with a per son like Martha Berry. It is no wonder that she was declared one of the 12 greatest women of America, given the Roosevelt medal and showered with honorary degrees. She was one of the great creative souls that appear only rarely on the pages of history to do what to ordinary mortals seems im possible. I wish to thank all those who were associated with me during the 34 years of my active work for The Berry Schools, including my dear wife who never failed to give her all for Berry. To keep everything going pro perly at Berry was almost day and night work, but the soul satisfaction and true joy have been worth every sacrifice made.

DR. GREEN, Phi Beta Kappa, University of Vermont, came from Randolph Center, Vermont to he Principal of The Berry Schools in 1920.
Under his direction the high schools were accredited; Berry Junior College was established in 1926, and Berry College in 1932. Dr. Green
served as President of The Berry Schools until 1943. Following a year's leave, Dr. Green returned to Berry College as head of the Department of Education, continuing in this capacity until
his retirement in 1954. The University of Georgia honored Dr. Green with the degree of Doctor of Pedagogy, The University of Vermont
with the degree of Doctor of Education. Davidson College elected him to Omicron Delta Kappa.
His contribution through a life of selfless devotion and consecration to a great cause cannot be evaluated. This Christian living is a continuing blessing to the Berry campus.

SEPTEMBER 1959

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O PAIR of hands can exem plify Berry. It requires many hands at many activities to keep the schools operating and progressing. Photographs on these pages show some of the hands of students . . . at study ... at work ... in friend ship . . . holding an inter-church hymnal.
These are the hands--and there are hundreds of them--which shape the real contributions made by The Berry Schools and which typify their motto: "Not to be min istered unto, but to minister." Over-looking much of the activity at the schools is a familiar land mark, the large clock on a tower at the Ford buildings--a constant remainder that knowledge and work must progress, for time stands still for no man.
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--PLATO

THERE WERE at least ten, among the 78 completing the program for Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degrees at Berry College. More than a few graduating seniors were interested in continuing their education for higher degrees. At least ten were singularly chosen by Universities:
They are recipients of scholarships, fellowships or graduate assistantships.
Larry Chestnut, Columbus, Georgia, was awarded a fellowship at Georgia Institute of Technology--Georgia Tech--in Atlanta. Previously he had appeared on the spring program of the Georgia Section of the American Chemical Society to read his research findings in chemistry.
Verlon McDowell accepted an assistantship at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He won also a 1959 award of the Georgia Section

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of the American Chemical Society for an outstanding research project. He is from Franklin, North Carolina.
Jane Mitchell of Austell, Georgia, was offered a graduate assistantship at the University of Tennessee, Knox ville. She accepted the position. Her major is business administration.
Ruenette Bullington, Sycamore, Georgia, received an assistantship in child development from Alabama Poly technic Institute--Auburn. Clara Ann Bridges was awarded a scholarship in foods and nutrition at the State Uni versity of Iowa, Iowa City. And in addition she won a scholarship from the Georgia Dietetic Association. She is from Glenwood, Georgia.
Barbara Horne has entered Vander bilt University, Nashville, Tennessee, after being named to an internship in

institutional management. She is from Hartsfield, Georgia. Shirley Philyaw, also from Hartsfield, Georgia, has been selected for an internship in institu tional management at Vanderbilt Uni versity.
Fellowships and scholarships have located Malcolm Lacey, Montezuma, Georgia, and Walter Maine, Bonaire, Georgia, at Emory University in At lanta for graduate study in physics. Mack Gay has received a similar award for advanced study at the University of Georgia, Athens. He is from Moul trie, Georgia.
Other 1959 graduates of Berry Col lege are continuing, or plan to continue, graduate study toward advanced de grees. Officials of The Berry Schools predict they will maintain the favor able ratings achieved by Berry College graduates in graduate schools.

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UNASHAMEDLY CHRISTIAN

by THE REV. DR. R. C. GRESHAM iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiimiiHiiiiimiiiiiiiiiiiiin
HARVARD was founded to provide
an educated ministry. The Berry Schools came into existence because of religious need that stemmed from ignorance and isolation. From that Jan uary day in 1902 Berry has been un ashamedly Christian.
What Berry is today is because of faith in the Christian evangel. What it will be in 2002 depends upon the schools' continuance upon these Chris tian verities.
The schools' church is the center of the religious life on the campus. This church, Christ-centered and interde nominational, offers students and staff a place where their Christian witness may be maintained without sacrificing loyalty to the communion to which they belong. And at the same time they enjoy the rich fellowship which should belong to all Christ's followers. The structure of the Mount Berry Church is congregational, and officers are elected from both staff and students, including women. Annually a period of revival known as Religious Emphasis Week with services led by ministers of various denominations on a rotating basis is held.

Dr. Gresham
The chaplain with the rich religious heritage of Berry behind him and the functioning schools' church--aided by the Sunday Schools, YMCA, YWCA, Hi-Y and the active Religious Educa tion Club, plus the required high school and college courses in Bible--finds much help in personal and private contacts with individuals and groups.
There are largely present wholesome attitudes toward Christianity, very lit tle neutrality, indifference or hostility. The Christian commitment of a large part of the faculty and staff adds to the effectiveness of Berry's religious pro gram.
The Berry Schools have been rightly described as a "Miracle in the Moun tains." From the human angle, faith in God is the secret that explains the birth, growth and continuance of The Berry Schools.
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THE REV. DR. R. C. GRESHAM retired during the summer after nine years as chaplain of The Berry Schools. He
was an active minister for 35 years before serving as pastor and personal friend to more than 1,000 Berry students and members of staff members' families.

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YOUTH ...
Our Greatest Asset
. We Covet Your Friendship
MRS. INEZ HENRY

AS THE FALL semester opens, we
take stock of our summer work and accomplishments. Unlike the usual custom at other colleges and schools many of our young people, instead of going on extended summer vacations, have worked here all summer to earn tuition for fall and spring semesters. They have considered this a privilege and have worked with a spirit of grati tude to Berry and to you who have made this privilege possible.
In my own office I have had five girls all summer--three who are now seniors, one sophomore and a new freshman who is the youngest sister of one of my seniors. I am grateful for the privilege of working close to these young people and having an op portunity to know them better. Often, I have thought of you and have wished that I might share this joy with you. Many times I have been reminded of Miss Berry's words:

"My dream was to build a school with friends from Maine to California --friends who would join the boys and girls in loving Berry and in keeping the ideals and purposes.
"I want the young people at Berry to stand on their own feet, to think intelligently, to weigh evidence, to form independent judgments, to know the value of work well done and to discharge responsibilities as Christian citizens.
"There is no greater asset than our boys and girls and the conservation of them is of far greater value than that of forests, rivers or anything else. Young people are God's charges to the older, and if we fail them we fail our Lord."
We are grateful that you have not failed our young people at Berry. You have made possible once more our summer work program. We believe in work not only because it enables our boys and girls to have educational opportunties, but also because of its edu cative and spiritual values. Young people who graduate from Berry are prepared to face the world unafraid; they know how to think and work.

SEPTEMBER 1959

They have learned that any job that needs to be done is dignified and if well done, it deserves respect of all good citizens.
We place great emphasis on order, system and cleanliness that they may teach their silent lessons of beauty which begin in the inner life as well as the environment. Such values are in tangible and cannot be measured by material yardsticks, but in lives that have been made rich. Purposeful young people and their development in the right direction will continue to be our greatest concern. We recognize with all thinking people that in our fast

changing world spiritual values have not kept pace with material things. This has brought our greatest pro blems. We, therefore, covet your con tinued friendship and support knowing that our world will be helped by those who achieve a well-balanced education together with a spirit of service.
Faithfully yours,
Inez Henry Assistant to the President

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