Walking The Hill: Memories,
Dreams and Stories of Baylor
Herbert B. Barks
- 978-1-935186-48-9 Hardcover
- 978-1-935186-57-1 Softcover
Waldenhouse Publishers, Inc.
- 6" x 9"; 212 pages
on archival paper; 70 photographs; Case bound (hardcover) $25.00
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Transformation of Baylor, a southern, all-white,
all-male, private military school from the 1940s through the
discontinuation of military training, struggle of integration,
hiring of the first female teacher, introduction of the arts
into the curriculum, and finally adoption of coeducation in the
1980s. Over 80 personal stories; 70 historical photographs.
Library of Congress Control Number
- Dr. Herb Barks has authored
five acclaimed books but, frankly, this is the one I have longed
for him to write forever. Nobody understands the heart and soul
of Baylor School as does Dr. Barks. Indeed, it could be argued
that his influence on our school's history is surpassed only
by that of John Roy Baylor himself. From his days as a young
boy growing up on this hill in the 1930's to his time last spring
with Baylor seniors on the Senior Trip, Herb Barks and Baylor
are indelibly linked.
Walking the Hill is filled with stories
that evoke a range of emotions about Baylor and the people who
have made it so special. Mostly, this book captures the magical
essence of an educational experience that has inspired profound
loyalty from members of the Baylor family for more than 100 years.
Thank you Dr. Barks, and GBR!
Scott Wilson, Baylor
Class of 1975, Headmaster, Baylor School
- Likely, no family walked the
Hill at Baylor as gratefully as the Barks. Here is a master story
teller at his best work recounting those walks. Among the stories,
"the fundamental word is gratitude." Dr. Barks shows
us his - and our - Baylor and shares his discovery of sacred
place. It is the sense of community and place that allows us
to know the soul of a school. You will find yourself grateful
as you re-read and remember the excitement and quality of teaching,
classmates, and faculty you found Walking the Hill.
Bill Stacy, President
and Headmaster, Baylor School 2004 - 2009
- Baylor School simply changed
my life. Dr. Barks has captured the spirit of the school as only
he can. It is a unique place blessed with a history of people
dedicated to making a difference in young people's lives. This
book will take you back to a special time in your life and have
you laugh, cry and remember fondly Baylor School.
Dan Pride, Class
of 1978 and C.O.O. of Darley America
- Graduates know well that the
"Baylor Experience" extends far beyond our years enrolled;
it runs deeply through our lives, continually empowering and
defining us. More than anyone in the last half-century, Herb
Barks has lifted Baylor and its people to greatness, and now
with his artful telling of Walking the Hill, he invites
us back one more time - to remember, to laugh, and ultimately
Marc Hunt, Class
of 1974 and Vice-Mayor of Asheville, NC
- For someone who spent over two
decades teaching at Baylor School, I found Herb Barks' Walking
the Hill: Memories, Dreams and Stories of Baylor a wondrous recollection
of those people--young and old--who defined the soul of the school.
On a different level, however, it is an account
of how a school evolved into a community where the creative imagination,
the adventurous spirit, and an ever-present sense of fun gave
young men and women the chance of a lifetime: to grow into a
fullness of being, able to take on the challenges and opportunities
of their futures with gusto. Barks' Walking the Hill captures
that wonderful spirit, beautifully."
O. James Morgan,
Bright School, Head of School
- As a teacher at Baylor, my privilege
is to teach boys AND girls the importance of understanding the
religion and philosophy of their Hindu and Buddhist classmates.
As Director of Walkabout, my privilege is to teach and wander
with my students in wilderness - from the Himalayas to the Appalachians.
NONE of this would be possible without the
innovative spirit and bold vision of Herb Barks. The humor in
Walking the Hill is not accidental. Decades ago, Herb
understood that innovation in schools is ineffective without
a kind heart and the ability to create fun. Walking
the Hill captures the years of inspired joy that helped Baylor
students fall in love with their school."
Tim Williams, Director of Walkabout/History
Instructor, Baylor School
- From his great and generous
heart, Herb deeply enjoys laughter. He knows how it gives flavor
to a good story, even to a Biblical story like The Prodigal Son,
or a myth like The Fall of Icarus. There has been lots of laughing
on the Baylor hill. You hear it all through the stories, the
scripture, in this book. As well as the grief, the failures,
the embarrassments, the quiet joy, the wicked grin of Jim Hitt.
All human emotions are present, but what Herb hears most clearly
is the good laughing. Some of it inexplicable, like Coach Rike's
counting: Four, five, six, seving!
Coleman Barks, 1955, Poet
and Professor Emeritus at Universiy of Georgia;
Renowned worlwide for his translation of Jala al-Din Rumi
About the Author:
Dr. Barks served as a
Presbyterian minister in churches in Shreveport, Louisiana, Los
Angeles, California, and Lynchburg, Virginia, for a total of
20 years. He was President and Headmaster of Baylor school for
17 years, and Headmaster of Hammond school in Columbia, South
Carolina, for 17 years. He and his wife live on Lookout Mountain
Inc., 100 Clegg St., Signal Mountain, TN 37377 423-886-2721 888-222-8228
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