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History of Radford University


    • The school now known as Radford University was established in 1910; it became Radford State Teachers College in 1924 and Radford University in 1979.

    Early Years

    • The first classes at Radford University were held on September 17, 1913, and areas of study included the rural arts, manual arts and household arts.


    • Initially, Radford University focused mainly on teacher education, but today the school offers programs in a wide variety of subject areas, including occupational therapy, Appalachian studies and military science.


    • Radford University was originally located on a 33-acre campus known as "Heth Grove"; the campus has since grown to 177 acres.

    Student Activites

    • The Grapurchat, the first student newspaper at Radford University, was established in 1921; the school's first sorority, Sigma Sigma Sigma, was founded in 1929.

    School Mascot and Colors

    • In the 1970s, the athletic mascot was changed to The Highlander, and the name of the student newspaper to the Tartan, to celebrate Southwest Virginia's Scotch-Irish heritage.

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