Cornelius Augustus Tower is the founder of Tower Prep .
This summary of Cornelius Tower's past is based on his own account of his life story, which may be questionable, given his love of fiction and hoaxes.
Cornelius Augustus Tower was born the son of a wealthy robber baron (even calling himself a spoiled brat), likely in the late 19th century. He had dreams of becoming a novelist, but eventually became obsessed with psychology after suffering the first in a series of nervous breakdowns. He became a psychologist himself, and due to his personal experience with schizophrenia, he was recruited as a spy in World War I. He claimed to have befriended, then shot down the "Red Baron" Manfred von Richthofen. After the war, he sought excitement in a series of careers: as the front man of "Cokie Tower and the Hypnotic 5", a band whose other five members were also apparently himself. Then he became stage magician "Towerdini" who also claimed to use the power of hypnosis and learned the ancient arts of Eastern mysticism, including the Indian rope trick.
Founding Tower PrepEdit
An unexplored peninsula, the future site of Tower Preparatory, was left to Cornelius by his father after his death had been announced to him within a dream. He turned the land into a "paradise for technological advances and the preservation of all creatures." He gathered rare plant and animal species from around the world there, but the real purpose was to gather human beings with special abilities, apparently to improve and advance some aspect of humanity.
Cornelius created hoaxes such as the cyclops skull to trick people into thinking he was just an eccentric fool, so they wouldn't discover what he was really doing. At some point Cornelius lost his left eye, which he claimed happened on his expedition to find the cyclops. The true story is unknown.
Later, Cornelius was betrayed by unidentified "corporate lackeys" who staged a hostile takeover of the school. He claimed that those now in charge of the school are corrupting his vision, and turning the students into something he didn't approve of.