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             A young boy once said to Dr. Lyman Ward, "You have been
         the best friend to the poor boys and girls of Tallapoosa
         County of 'ary' man in it." Dr. Ward looked at the lad and
         saw that his shining eyes were filled with tears.  This
         emotional moment choked Dr. Ward a little and in blunt
         fashion he said, "I will take you in my school.  You report
         to me Monday morning.  Hereafter, you will be my boy."

             Those simple words reveal more of the basic philosophy
         upon which The Southern Industrial Institute at Camp Hill
         was founded by Dr. Lyman Ward in 1898 than all the eloquent
         rhetoric ever could.

             Dr. Lyman Ward was born in Watertown, New York.  He was
         graduated from Watertown High School and St. Lawrence
         University.  He became a Universalist minister and was sent
         to Alabama on a church survey.  While in Camp Hill, he
         became interested in a school for boys and girls of limited
         means.  On a sunny Spring day in 1898, young Lyman Ward, a
         visiting minister, stood in the pulpit of the Camp Hill
         Universalist Church and told the congregation of his
         discussion with the church trustees and of the conclusion
         that it would take a minimum of $5,000.00 to establish a
         greatly needed high school in the community.  The small
         rural congregation was stunned at the suggestion of raising
         what seemed a staggering sum, and when the young minister
         asked for contributions and invited the congregation to come
         forward to sign a pledge book prepared for the occasion, an
         embarrassing hush fell over the chapel.  For a moment, no
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