Bicentennial Did You Know?
The following pieces of trivia come from "Ohio University, 1804-2004: The Spirit of a Singular Place" by Betty Hollow, published by Ohio University Press. To learn more about the book, check out this Ohio Today story from the Tributes section.
Wednesday, Feb. 18
- The Ohio University football team didn't lose a home game from 1927 to 1937.
- Seventy of the University's 243 students earned free tuition in 1865-66 thanks to taking part in the Civil War.
- The University - after a hotly contested debate - switched to the quarter system in 1967.
Monday, Feb. 16
- E.W. Scripps Hall was the first campus building to be constructed as a library.
- The Echo and University Record was the University's first student newspaper.
- "The Athena" yearbook was published for the first time in 1892.
Friday, Feb. 13
- Margaret Boyd was Ohio University's first female student and graduate.
- John Newton Templeton became the University's first African American graduate in 1828.
- A student from Japan became the University's first international graduate in 1895.
Wednesday, Feb. 11
- Ohio University began training teachers in 1879.
- The town of Athens - containing space for a college with house lots for a president and professors - was founded on Dec. 5, 1800.
- Winning a contest, Kenneth Clark wrote "Alma Mater, Ohio" in 1914.
Monday, Feb. 9
- Wilson and McGuffey halls were the University's first residence halls.
- McGuffey Hall once shared its name with the award-winning NBC drama "The West Wing."
- Boyd Hall, named for the University's first female graduate, was built in 1906 to house women.
Friday, Feb. 6
- Before becoming Ohio University on Feb. 18, 1804, the University was known as American Western University.
- Cutler Hall was the University's only structure until 1837.
- The College Green was once reserved for villagers' livestock and traveling medicine shows.
Wednesday, Feb. 4
- The University's first students paid $2 per quarter in fees.
- The $2-per-quarter student fee in the early days of Ohio University was spent on firewood.
- In 1825, students were given grades for the first time.
Bicentennial Did You Know? was compiled by Jennifer Kirksey-Smith, a writer with University Communications and Marketing