Young Harris College was founded in 1886 by Artemas Lester, a Methodist minister, to serve the community in the Appalachian Mountains. This private liberal arts college is located in Young Harris, northeast Georgia. The college was formerly known as McTyeire Institute after the village. A Georgia judge named Young L.G. Harris was the school's benefactor who helped it financially during its nascent years. In 1895 the school was named Young Harris College after him.
Young Harris has four academic divisions.
The former Georgia governor and U.S. Senator, Zell Miller; country music singer, Trisha Yearwood; Major League basketball player, Nick Markakis; and poet and writer, Byron Herbert Reese are some of the famous alumni of the college. The sports teams of Young Harris are called the Mountains Lions.
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