Wake Forest: A Look Back
from A Photographic Portait by Kenneth Garrett
1833
Baptist State Convention of North Carolina votes to establish a school for young men; State legislators approve by one vote a charter establishing a Literary and Manual Labor Institute in the County of Wake.
1834
Principal Samuel Wait welcomes the first 16 students to Wake Forest Manual Labor Institute on the Calvin Jones farm near Raleigh, North Carolina.
1837
Wake Forest's first permanent building, the College Building (pictured around 1879), is built.

 

1838
Wake Forest Institute is rechartered as Wake Forest College.

 

1862-1866
College closes for four years during the Civil War
1875
Civil War veteran and student James W. Denmark starts a student loan fund, the first at any college in the country.
1888
Wake Forest plays the University of North Carolina in the first intercollegiate football game in North Carolina.
1894
School of Law opens.
1902
Two-year Medical School opens

1941
Medical School expands to four years, relocates to Winston-Salem to become affiliated with North Carolina Baptist Hospital, and is renamed the Bowman Gray School of Medicine.

1942
Trustees vote to admit women to the college for the duration of World War II, a stipulation later dropped.
1946
Trustees and Baptist State Convention accept proposal from the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation to relocate the College to Winston-Salem.
1948
School of Business Administration is established.
1951
President Harry S.Truman speaks at the groundbreaking ceremony for the new campus.
1956
Wake Forest moves to Winston-Salem in time for summer school classes.
1958
Charles and Mary Reynolds Babcock donate Reynolda Gardens.
1961
Trustees vote to end segregation.
Graduate School of Arts and Sciences is established.
1967
Wake Forest College is rechartered as Wake Forest University.

 

1968
First merit scholarship program, the Carswell Scholarship, is established.

 

1969
Charles H. Babcock Graduate School of Management opens.
1971
Casa Artom opens in Venice.
1974
Men's golf team wins the first of two consecutive NCAA championships.
1976
Worrell House in London is dedicated.
1979
Wake Forest and the Baptist State Convention agree to a new relationship.
1980
Undergraduate School of Business and Accountancy is established.
1984
Wake Forest celebrates its Sesquicentennial.
1986
Autonomy of the Board of Trustees is assured through a new fraternal relationship with the Baptist State Convention.
Men's golf team wins the NCAA championship.
1988
Presidential Debate between Vice President George Bush and Michael Dukakis is held in Wait Chapel.
1992
Bowman Gray School of Medicine and North Carolina Baptist Hospital celebrate 50 years of partnership.
1994
US. News & World Report's annual college guide shifts Wake Forest from the regional universities category - which Wake Forest topped for the last eight years - into the national universities category.
1995
School of Business and Accountancy is named in honor of Board of Trustees Chair Wayne Calloway ('59).
1996
Men's basketball team wins back-to-back ACC Championships.
1997
Bowman Gray School of Medicine is renamed the Wake Forest University School of Medicine.
Brian Prestes and Daveed Gartenstern-Ross win the national championship in intercollegiate debating.
1999
First students enroll in the Divinity School.
Flow House in Vienna opens.
Baseball team wins its second consecutive ACC Championship.
Senior Jennifer Bumgarner is named a Rhodes Scholar, the seventh from Wake Forest since 1986.
2000
Presidential Debate between Vice President Al Gore and George W. Bush is held in Wait Chapel.

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