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The actual building dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony occurred on September 16,1955. Commissioner Claude E. Bates, then Territorial Commander for the Central Territory, gave the dedicatory address. The War Cry carried an account of the dedication of the "Annex" ( later to be called Railton Hall) and listed the cost of the three story 145 foot by 45 foot building as being $210,000.00. The building contains: on the ground floor, five classrooms and a multipurpose room ( used at present as a small gymnasium-64 feet by 42 feet). The second and third floors were to be used as one room apartments for married cadets on the south side of the hall. On the north side of the hall, single women staff officers were provided with three room apartments, furnished with kitchenettes.

Since the dedication of this building, many different cadet groups have lived in the building. For a time, it did serve as married housing. Then by 1964, if not earlier, the building housed single women cadets. At present (1981), Railton Hall houses the single male cadets and two sets of married officers.

Another significant event occurred during the "Soul-Winners" session (1954-1955). Cadet Ethelmae Johnson presented the first session flag of the Central Territory to then Commissioner Claude E. Bates. Salvation Army flags bearing the session name and years were not a unique idea to the Central Territory, as they had been used in the International Training College in London since 1925. However, the presentation of a session flag was a unique idea in the United States, as this had not been done in any of the Schools previous to this time.

The Training Principal, then Sr.-Major Bramwell Tripp (stationed at the School from 1954-1964), commented on the presentation, and said; "every Blood and Fire flag has significance. But the flag which carries the added distinction of a session name has an impact all its own to the cadets of that session. It is hoped that the sight of these flags in the years following the commissioning of a session will awaken the precious memories and evoke new devotion." In his remarks, the Principal also challenged previous sessions to have flags made for their sessions to be kept in a "hall of flags" in the back of the lecture hall.

The next large change in the Training College was not of an architectural nature, but an educational one. Previous to the 1960 session, the length of training was nine months. However, the feeling toward education after World War II grew dramatically. So, plans for a two year program were discussed, and finally instituted with the 1960-1962 " Soldiers of Christ" session. In speaking with Commissioner Bramwell Tripp, who was then Principal of the School, some light was shed on the change.

Commissioner Tripp stated that the goals for training officers were much the same as they are today. Cadets must learn to read and write well. They must learn to be disciplined in every task they undertake. They must excel spiritually and be able to lead men and women to Jesus Christ. The training process up to that point (prior to 1960), was just not a long enough time to equip officers for the role they would be playing in a more modern, advance world.
 
The Curriculum Statement contained in the 1960-1961 Session Brief was also helpful. The report states that the training period for the first year would now be thirty-eight weeks in length, from September 14, 1960 through June 12, 1961. During the academic year, the cadets would participate in 30  "class hours" per week of 50 minutes each. These were broken known to 14 morning class hours, Monday through Friday; and four hours of evening class hours, Tuesday through Friday; and four hours of evening class hours, two each on Tuesday and Wednesday. In addition it scheduled classes, there were also planned between 12-14 study period per week. (It was realized that this was far too little study time, as two hours study time were expected for each hour in class. Cadets did have a few blocks of "unscheduled" time and a free afternoon on Monday, so additional preparations time could be found.)


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