As we near the end of our sesquicentennial year, I want to share some of Wayne State's history. Here are a few of my favorite facts from (almost) every decade of our 150 years.
Unlike other universities, Wayne State was born through the unification of multiple colleges.
1881: The Detroit Normal Training School, a predecessor of the College of Education, is founded. The Washington School building, pictured, would serve as its home from 1895 to 1914. #wsu150 https://t.co/hNSCZdFbl6— Wayne State University (@waynestate) January 30, 2018
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1918: Kelly green and “old gold” are adopted as the school colors of Detroit Junior College, a predecessor of Wayne State. #wsu150 Image courtesy of @ReutherLibrary. https://t.co/hNSCZdFbl6 pic.twitter.com/xT6BkTiQDq— Wayne State University (@waynestate) March 24, 2018
100 years later we are still reppin' these colors #GreenandGold #OnWednesdaysWeWearGreen
In 1934 several colleges combined into one to form Wayne University.
1934: Students present Dean of Students Joseph Selden with pins, stickers and varsity letters to celebrate the university’s new name, Wayne University. #wsu150 Image courtesy of @ReutherLibrary https://t.co/hNSCZdFbl6 pic.twitter.com/vs56qEIXvX— Wayne State University (@waynestate) May 31, 2018
(me when we changed the new logo and had new stickers and warrior gear)
Late 1940s: After WWII, veterans attended Wayne University in record numbers. The influx of students led the university to set up temporary classrooms and use neighborhood homes to meet space demands. #wsu150 https://t.co/hNSCZdFbl6— Wayne State University (@waynestate) January 11, 2018
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Wayne State is still dedicated to providing comprehensive student veteran support through the Office of Military and Veterans Academic Excellence.
1952: Wayne State researcher Forest Dewey Dodrill, M.D., and @GM engineers design a machine to temporarily replace the blood-pumping function of the heart, making open-heart surgery possible. #wsu150 ://go.wayne.edu/wsu150 :/ Image courtesy of @ReutherLibrary. pic.twitter.com/p3Epd60UzI— Wayne State University (@waynestate) February 8, 2018
1969: Ph.D. student Kenneth Honn and Professor Walter Chavin develop a 25,000-gallon "artificial ocean" to study horn and nurse sharks. It was built at 84 Hancock Street and held 40 sharks. Today, Honn is a professor at @waynemedicine. #wsu150 Image courtesy of Kenneth Honn. pic.twitter.com/kYsuf5ZYJV— Wayne State University (@waynestate) July 17, 2018
Our very own ocean! 84 Hancock Street is no longer standing but it would have been next what is now Blimpie Subs.
1987: The drug AZT, created by Wayne State professor and researcher Jerome P. Horwitz, becomes the first federally approved treatment for AIDS. #wsu150 https://t.co/hNSCZdFbl6 Image courtesy of @ReutherLibrary pic.twitter.com/DX3WvptZzL— Wayne State University (@waynestate) February 5, 2018
January 1994: Wayne State students gain access to Gopher, a pre-HTML form of internet linking academic institutions across the country. #wsu150 https://t.co/hNSCZdFbl6 Image courtesy of @ReutherLibrary. pic.twitter.com/xaAVn8VPDc— Wayne State University (@waynestate) January 13, 2018
Around the world there are some Gopher devotees who still use this protocol.
W was born! W celebrates his birthday on January 24th.
2011: The Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights opens at WSU to study and support the civil rights of underrepresented communities in urban areas. https://t.co/hNSCZdFbl6 #wsu150 #blackhistorymonth— Wayne State University (@waynestate) February 22, 2018
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You can find more historical Wayne State facts at go.wayne.edu/150facts