1920s

The 1920s brought changes in leadership to the college through two new presidents and a principal.  The simple name of the school, ‘Alliance Training Home’, was changed in 1922 to the ‘St. Paul Training School of the Christian Missionary Alliance’.  Enrollment fluctuated, influenced by everything from the stock market crash to late harvests.  Tuition was $12 a semester and room and board was $6 a week.

Second and Third Presidents

The 1920s saw a few changes in leadership.  Harold Freliegh, one of the first graduates, had been serving as a teacher and then became the first principal.  In 1925, J. D. Williams and his wife left the school to serve in the Philippines.  Rev. William Christie was selected to be the second president, and he held the position for one year.  In 1926, Rev. E. C. Swanson became the third president.  Rev. Swanson served for ten years and was instrumental in the campus move in the next decade.

Christian Service

Students started devoting their time towards Christian Service opportunities, a tradition that continues today.  Activities ranged from visiting hospitals and jails to hosting Vacation Bible Schools.  During this time period, one afternoon a week was set aside for serving others in practical ways.

Student Life

Student life during the 1920s was different from today.  Students dressed up for classes and when eating in the dining hall.  Women wore dresses and men wore double breasted suits!  In the dining hall, students were taught etiquette and were expected to follow it.  Meals were served family style instead of individually, and was only phased out after enrollment became too high.

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