[note in pencil and pen] File und C. Jacobs Jan. 1918.
In June of 1916 there graduated from the high schools of Virginia 605 boys and 1,062 girls (total 1,667). Although five-eights of the total number of graduates were girls and although these girls in many instances had finished with higher honors than the boys, for the girls there was no sate institution of college rank in which they might complete their education. It is true that there are denominational colleges, private institutions, and junior colleges to which they might have gone; yet, for those who did not care for the kind of training given in our four normals (training not of a general type but specialized in order to fit their graduates to become primary teachers), there was not one Sate institution to which they could turn for a general education such as is given at William and Mary or V.P.I., and certainly nothing approaching the standard of the University of Virginia. Suppose the boys of the State had been placed under a similar handicap. Would they have considered education offered them at Randolph-Macon, at Hampden-Sidney, or in any other private or denominational institution, a fitting substitute for the education some of them are now receiving at the University? Suppose further that the State of Virginia were depending under normal conditions upon its men, as it is upon its women, for seventy per cent of its high school teachers? Would these men think it just or right that the State should make no provision for their higher education? I believe they would do as the women of Virginia have been doing for many years,-- they would try to secure for themselves the very best equipment that the State could possibly give them. These women are not actuated by any spirit or envy or of greed. Since they are compelled to serve, they would be provided with suitable tools with which to render effective service. This is especially true since the war