Charles Thach's English Class
Date: ca. 1900 Size: 470x325 pixels
Professor Charles C. Thach taught this class in the main building, possibly in 1900.  His elevated desk and the benches for the students contrasted with the lecterns and individual desks of most classrooms today.  Thach continued teaching after becoming president in 1902, the first alumnus to serve as Auburn's chief executive.  Miss Leland Cooper, a 1907 graduate, recalled having taken junior and senior English under the president.  "He had a lot of funny mannerisms," she said.  "One was he'd talk and scratch his nose."  She said Thach liked major figures such as Shakespeare and Milton, and he spent more time on them than on less renowned writers.
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