A small collection of alumni supporters believed that High Point College could survive the hardships of the Great Depression and from that original committee of eight in '33, Society 833 was born...
Society 833 was founded on the belief that High Point alumni, more than anyone, encapsulate the past, present, and future of High Point College, now High Point University. C. Virgil Yow ’30 shared his transformational thoughts in an open letter to all alumni in the October 18, 1933 issue of the Hi-Po:
“I was in school with most of the graduates of High Point College and am proud of the fact that we labored to gain what the students now have here. The old members are to be congratulated upon the things they did while students here, but just think what we could have done if we had had two or three hundred loyal alumni members backing us up. Now, come on, do what you would have appreciated.”
This idea inspired several alumni to ponder what their role was as High Point alumni. How can alumni hold an active role after graduating? What could we do with two or three hundred alumni? One month after Yow’s open letter was printed eight alumni formed a committee to welcome fellow alumni back to campus for what the Hi-Po promised to be “a red-letter day in High Point history.”
That red-letter day was Homecoming Day '33, and the Hi-Po's promise held true. Reported festivities included: addresses by President Gideon Humphries and Reverend Elwood Carroll, a Homecoming football game between the alumni and current students, a barbecue to unite students and alumni, and a dance at the Country Club.
Following the successes of Homecoming Day '33, that quietly infamous alumni committee, including Yow himself, realized the potential a society of High Point alumni could achieve. Dedicating themselves to the college’s success, they secretly committed financial support to the college to help overcome the hardships of the Depression. The loyalty of these alumni kept High Point College afloat when many other Methodist colleges and universities collapsed.
President Humphries did not forget those eight and wrote their names down in a ledger that he kept hidden in a drawer within the President’s Office. Each year this collection of alumni grew, and so too did the list of names in the President’s Ledger. Now it's your turn.
You have been invited to join Society 833 and extend your legacy to honor the past, present, and future of High Point University by adding your name to the President's Ledger.