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1890-1899

1890
State Land-Grant College established by the State Legislature, March 28.

1890
First meeting of Board of Regents, April 22.

1891
George Lilley appointed first president, April 25.

1891
Contract awarded May 22 for the campus's first building named the "CRIB" - the cradle of an infant college. Cost estimate = $1500.

1892
College opened its doors on January 13 under the name Washington Agricultural College and School of Science with 13 collegiate and 46 preparatory students enrolled. Instruction began in agriculture, mechanic arts and engineering, and sciences and arts.

1892
Construction started on Ferry Hall, first residence hall, February.

1892
College Hall contract awarded May 15.

1892
John W. Heston, principal of Seattle High School, appointed president, December 13.

1893
E.A. Bryan appointed president July 22. The former president of Vincennes University in Indiana, he had graduate degrees from Harvard and Columbia.

1894
Agriculture research started in Puyallup in Western Washington.

1894
Rogers intramural field construction started.

1894
First varsity football game: WSC beat Idaho, 10-0, November 10.

1895
Instruction began in Veterinary Science.

1895
First issue of Evergreen student newspaper published.

1896
First Glee Club organized.

1897
First graduating class of seven men and women.

1898
Alumni Association organized June 23. Edward Kimmel (Class of 1897) is the first president.

1899
First Chinook student yearbook published.

1899
First intercollegiate debates.

1899
Enrollment 481, highest between 1892-1899.

         
                         
                         
                         
 

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