Warren Wilson College:
A small liberal arts college in Asheville, NC.
Named for Warren Hugh Wilson
Noted because of the triad program in which all students must work at the college as well as perform a certain amount of community service.
A brief history:
The property was purchased in 1893 by the Women's Board of Home Missions of the Presbyterian Church. The women of the church were concerned that many Americans in isolated areas were not receiving a proper education. The women decided to establish church supported schools in areas where there were no public services. There was a need for a nonconventional grading system as the young people who came to these mission schools usually had no prior formal education.
In 1894, the Asheville Farm School officially opened with 25 boys attending and a professional staff of three people. It was not until 1923 that the school had its first graduating class. In 1936, the first post high school programs in vocational training were begun. It was hoped that this type of training would give the students more prospects in the job market. In 1942, the junior college division was established. The Asheville Farm School continued as a boys unit in high school studies. The Dorland-Bell School of Hot Springs was joined with the Farm School, which brought high school age girls to campus. The Warren Wilson Vocational Junior College was joined with them under our one administration.
After WWII, the public education system in NC improved dramatically and the need for the mission's high school diminished. The last high school class at WWC was graduated in 1957.
WWC was a junior college until March 1966 when it was established as a four year college, offering six majors. In 1972, the National Board of Missions deeded the WWC property over to the college's Board of Trustees. Since that time, the College has grown and changed in many ways. In 1996, The North Carolina Outward Bound School moved its headquarters to campus. We've added all sorts of crews to accommodate new technologies and new ways of doing things.
History taken from the Warren Wilson College Website http://www.warren-wilson.edu/history