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Presbyterian Junior College for Men

by Henry A. McKinnon Jr., 2006

Carolina College, NC Historical Marker I-27. Image courtesy of the North Carolina State Archives. The Presbyterian Junior College for Men was established in 1927 by the Presbyterian Synod of North Carolina and Fayetteville Presbytery. In 1928 the trustees acquired the campus and properties of Carolina College for Women in Maxton, and the school was opened on 11 Sept. 1929 with 84 students. The first president was R. A. McLeod, former superintendent of Elise Academy in Elise (now Robbins). McLeod died in 1932. He was succeeded by R. G. Matheson Jr., and later by Cary Adams. By rigid economy and local support, the school survived the Great Depression, and a strong curriculum in business training was established.

In 1938 Louis C. LaMotte became president and served for the next 23 years. A challenge gift of $20,000 in 1939 by W. H. Belk of Charlotte and R. L. McLeod of Maxton, and matching funds from the synod, placed the school on a sound financial basis, and it continued to grow. In 1939 the Civil Aeronautics Authority established a Civilian Pilot Training Program at the school, which later became part of the War Training Service as World War II approached. This brought students from across the United States to the school. Elise Academy was merged with Presbyterian Junior College in 1940.

The college reached its peak enrollment of 503 students in the years immediately following World War II. It continued to operate until 1961, when it and Flora MacDonald College were merged into the newly created St. Andrews's College at Laurinburg by the Synod of North Carolina. Carolina Military Academy operated on the campus from 1962 to 1969, and the main building burned in 1973.


Maud Thomas, Away Down Home: A History of Robeson County, North Carolina (1982).

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Carolina College, NC Historical Marker I-27. Image courtesy of the North Carolina State Archives. Available from (accessed June 8, 2012).


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My dad, dozier H. Drinkard, taught at Maxton Jr. College for Boys when your grandfather was there. He taught science and probably math. He was a Dean of Residence or Boys maybe. Spoke of his two years there often. He had graduated from Birmingham Southern in 1927 or 28 I think and then went on to Columbia Teacher's College for graduate work. After maybe one year or so and a degree he went to NC.and Maxton to work.
He was good friends with your grandfather, Charlie Hunter. I met your grandfather and grandmother( Christine?) and great-grandmother, Charlie's mother I think. and their son, maybe your uncle, then almost my age, once, at the Presbyterian retreat of Montreat by Lake Susan in 1951 when I was almost 11 and going into 6th grade in White Plains NY where my family lived and my dad taught. Your mother must have been an older daughter not with them on that trip. That summer we had rented the guest cottage on the property of Dr. Nettie Grier, a former medical missionary to China.
I have photographs and records re: Maxton I could search for if you or others want more information or exact dates and positions at the school. My dad lived to be 96+, back in his native Alabama, after the many years in NY. My mother was from Alabama, also, a graduate of Judson College in Marion, AL. They married in 1936. I am the Yankee of the family. They always kept up with the Hunters. Lots of Christmas cards. Probably their names are on my 1965 wedding invitation list. Just chanced on this when a friend emailed me inquiring why my dad stayed in NY after Columbia and I was checking facts on Maxton to explain. I had posted a photo of him at age 22 or 23 in a straw hat on Father's Day on my Facebook.


Your Dad was an by far my favorite teacher ever! I was fortunate to have been in his 6th grade class at North Street School in White Plains NY. I entered the school in the 4th Grade when the previous all White and predominantly Jewish school was being integrated. Mr. Drinkard was the first teacher I met when I got of the bus that first day. He was warm and welcoming. I hoped that when I reached the 6th Grade that he would be my teacher. I loved his classes and his comfortability and humor with the new arrivals from the inner city . I have often wondered if his family realizes that there is someone from those days in 1965 that think of your father. I do, fondly and often.


David, now 65 years old


Corrections: St. Andrews Presbyterian College (no apostrophe) was the correct name of the institution. It is now St. Andrews University. Website is
Flora Macdonald College is always spelled with a lower case d.

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