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WCU: A timeline

fr wcujug1889 — Cullowhee Academy opens with 18 students and 1 teacher

1891 — Name changes to Cullowhee High School

1905 — Name changes to Cullowhee Normal and Industrial School

1907 — First dormitory, Davies Home, opens 

1914 — Campus newspaper, “The Cullowhee Yodel,” premiers

1929 — Name changes to Western Carolina Teachers College

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1932 — ‘Catamount’ narrowly beats out ‘Boomers’ to become mascot

1939 — The federal New Deal program funds multiple campus construction projects 

1940s — Male enrollment drops below 10 percent as World War II rages

1953 — Name changes to Western Carolina College

1957 — Levern Hamlin becomes WCU’s first African-American student 

1967 — Name changes to Western Carolina University

1970s — WCU begins ‘The Old Mountain Jug’ rivalry with Appalachian State

1972 — Chancellor Jack K. Carlton freezes tenure and requires freshmen to live on campus

1973 — Amid student protests, Carlton is ousted from office 

1980 — Ronnie Carr makes first three-point shot in NCAA history 

1998 — WCU becomes first public university in state to institute a computer requirement

2005 — WCU announces Millennial Initiative

2009 — Pride of the Mountains marching band receives Sudler Trophy 

2011 — The Freshmen Run tradition begins

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