Industrial Arts Building constructed.

West Texas State Normal College founded in Canyon.
The first issue of the Alcalde (yearbook) is published.
The first official Homecoming.


Apr. 21
The Sam Houston gravesite marker, sculpted by Pompeo Coppini, is unveiled at the western entrance of Oakwood Cemetery on the 75th anniversary of the battle San Jacinto. The monument was crafted from Texas grey granite and represents Houston on his horse as the General in command of the Texas Army. On the left is the figure of "Lady Victory" and on the right is "Lady History." The inscription on the monument's east side was written by Antoinette, Houston's youngest daughter, who was in attendance at the ceremony. The wrought iron fence which surrounds the grave site is designed with inverted axes, symbolizing "Peace, the battle is over.”
Dec. 1
The 32nd Legislature creates the State Normal School Board of Regents by passing House Bill 17, which becomes on this date. The bill is "An Act to create a State Normal Board of Regents for the State Normal Schools for white teachers in the State of Texas; to provide for the appointment of said Board; to define its duties and powers, and to repeal all laws and parts of laws in conflict herewith, and declaring an emergency." The State Normal School Board of Regents oversees the state's four normal schools (Sam Houston, Southwest Texas State, North Texas, and West Texas).


President's House (II) constructed.
Class gift: plaster replica of Athena Giustiniani.
Oct. 6
The Rice Institute for the Advancement of Literature, Science and Art defeats SHNI 20-6 in the first football game ever played by either school.


Fine Arts Studio constructed.

Women's Gymnasium constructed.

The first issue of the Houstonian (newspaper) is published.



West Power Plant constructed.


Marks Administration Building constructed.


Sul Ross State Normal Institute founded in Alpine.

The SHNI men's basketball team is formed.


Baldwin Building constructed.


First baccalaureate degree awarded.

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The Buildings of Sam Houston State University website documents the physical changes of the SHSU campus in Huntsville from its inception in 1879 through tomorrow. The alumnus-run site details changes to the academic, residential, and historical buildings and other prominent landmarks.