|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. -- Photo: AU Archives