Feb. 24, 2017, 3:56 p.m.


Did you know that Southmountain Children and Family Services began in 1903 and was called the Golden Industrial Institute? This school began in Bostic, NC in Rutherford County by Miss Emily Pruden as a boarding school for boys and girls ages 5 to 25. The school was dedicated to providing Christian education to anyone unable otherwise to earn a high school diploma.
Did you know that in 1919 the school was sold to Miss Ora Hull and Miss Bertha Moore for only $500? These two women opened their doors with a student body of 65 boys and girls including boarding pupils and children from the immediate vicinity without access to public education. In 1921, the name was changed to Southmountain Industrial Institute.
Stay tuned for more fun facts about the history of Southmountain. We will continue to post stories of the beginnings of Southmountain Children and Family Services!