As BJA arrived in Tennessee, the most notable change in the student body was the lack of cadets. The military school was dropped, and the term “preparatory” no longer appeared as part of the school’s name. Most often the school was officially called The Bob Jones College Academy, but on campus it was simply known as the Academy.
Societies and Sports
Academy students were members of college literary societies, which met on Saturdays. Academy students had to compete with college students for positions on sports teams, so generally high school students served as ball boys or scorekeepers. However, there are records of a few Academy sports teams, like this photo of the Academy basketball team in the 1939 Vintage. There are no records of what teams they played against.
High school students participated in society social events. Some fondly remember outings to Chickamauga Dam near Chattanooga and formal dinners held for members and their dates.
During the final years in Cleveland, each society had a junior society for high school students. The junior society attended college society meetings; and even though there were slates of junior society officers, there are no records of separate junior society activities. High school students still tagged along on college society activities. This, however, seemed to be a first step toward separate Academy societies.
Although there are records of student body and class officers, there are no records of meetings or activities, with the exception of the junior-senior banquet. The first known junior-senior banquet was held in May 1940 and was featured as a lead story in The Conqueror, an early BJC student newspaper. The event was held in Rehearsal Hall, which was decorated in black and red, and featured red tulips as table decorations (the class colors and flower). The class officers offered welcome and thank-you speeches, and several groups presented musical numbers. In addition, there were readings of the class history, will, and prophecies. Dr. Bob Jones Sr. presented an “inspirational address” and closed in prayer.
Pinkston, W.S. (2016). A History of Bob Jones Academy.