This school , especially in the pre 1940's housed children taken from parents or parent who were considered unfit ( morally , financially , emotionally , or mentally)or unable to care for their children as well as the incorrigible . In its early years it did not even have a fence about it . It was built as if it was as an additional neighbor hood . The boys help build the roads , buildings , sidewalks etc as part of their training . My father was removed because his widowed mother became pregnant out of wed lock and a moral complaint was made because of that pregnacy .