Sgt. Alvin York's legacy continues in Tennessee

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- A few of Tennessee's veterans have earned our nation's highest award, the Medal of Honor. One of those is World War I veteran Sergeant Alvin York. While some may remember him for his bravery on the battlefield, many closer to home remember what he did after the war.

"He was just dad we were raised on a farm like everybody else we had a garden, cows and chickens," York's daughter Betsy York Lowrey said.

Their dad was different than most. He was awarded the Medal of Honor. York-Lowrey said her dad didn't talk much about his experience overseas.

"He wasn't proud of what he had to do, but he did it because he knew he was suppose to do it," York-Lowrey said.

When he came home, he had one goal to improve the lives of kids in his hometown. He knew it started with getting them to school, so he built one.

"He didn't have much himself, and he realized that when he was going around that he didn't have much education," York-Lowrey said.

While it's changed from an agricultural school, to a modern day high school, York Institute is still in operation today.