DRAKE UNIVERSITY is a private, co-educational university located in
* 1 History
* 2 Academics
* 2.1 Rankings
* 3 Housing * 4 Student life
* 5 Athletics
* 5.1 History * 5.2 Drake Relays * 5.3 Fight Song
* 6 Notable alumni * 7 See also * 8 References * 9 External links
Francis Marion Drake Old Main
In 1883 the first permanent building, Old Main, was completed. Old
Main remains an important building on campus today housing
administration offices, Levitt Hall, and Sheslow Auditorium; site of
Drake's law school, one of the twenty-five oldest law schools in the
nation, traces its history to 1865. It is a charter member of the
Association of American
In 1887, the
In 1931, the first on-campus student residence built since the university's founding opened—the women's dormitory. In 1937, ground was broken on commencement day for Cowles Library, which is today the university's primary library. 1939 saw a new men's dorm completed which included a student union dubbed "The Kennel". In 1963, Kirk Residence Hall opened, with Meredith Hall opening in 1965, opening the door for the College of Liberal Arts and the School of Journalism. During the height of nationwide student protests in 1970, a bomb exploded inside Harvey Ingham Hall. No one was injured, but windows were shattered in nearby Meredith, Fitch and Herriott halls. Ingham was decimated, but repaired. The largest building on campus, the Harmon Fine Arts Center, opened in 1972 with the Olmsted Center, Drake's student union building, opening in 1974.
On September 17, 1969, the Drake student newspaper, The Times-Delphic
, published what appears to be the first documented account of the
Paul is dead hoax. No articles published prior to this piece
about the supposed death of
In 1992, the Knapp Center opened as home to the men's and women's basketball teams along with the women's volleyball team. It contains four racquetball courts, five basketball and volleyball courts, a 200-meter track and a weight training center. The facility hosted President Bill Clinton in 1996.
In September 2010, Drake launched the distinctlyDrake Campaign in order to meet the goals of "attracting and empowering the best and brightest students through $50 million for scholarship endowment, attracting and retaining the finest teachers, mentors and scholars through 26 endowed faculty positions at $26 million to $50 million, improving and enhancing physical facilities, technology and resources on campus through $50 million to $85 million worth of capital upgrades, broadening perspectives through innovative and expanded interdisciplinary centers through $15 million to $18 million investments, and build on collective financial strength through the Drake Fund through $3.5 million to $4 million per year". When the campaign concluded in 2015, a total of $216,014,522 had been raised towards these efforts.
In 2013, Drake
* College of Arts and Sciences
* College of
For the 2015-16 academic year, Drake
* Stalnaker Hall (First-Year only) * Carpenter Hall (First-Year only) * Herriott Hall (First-Year only) * Crawford Hall (First-Year only) * Morehouse (First-Year/Upperclassmen) * Jewett Hall (Upperclassmen only) * Goodwin-Kirk Hall (Upperclassmen only) * Ross Hall (Upperclassmen only)
Students are required to live on campus for their first two years at Drake. This excludes non-traditional students who take time off between high school and matriculation. Most students choose to live off campus during their final two years.
In 2006, Drake
Drake features over 160 student organizations in which to participate, which include several fraternities and sororities.
The School of Journalism and Mass Communication's (SJMC) magazine program has achieved national prominence. The Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (ACEJMC) team that visited in 1999 called the SJMC a "real standout" and termed Drake's Magazines program the strongest undergraduate sequence in the country. In 2007, Drake student magazines THiNK and 515 won Pacemaker Awards.
The School of Journalism and Mass Communication is also home to 94.1
The Dog, which operates under the call letters
KDRA-LP FM. The station
launched in August 2006 after having existed as an internet station,
KDCS Bulldog Radio. 94.1 The Dog is broadcast at 80 watts from a tower
atop Meredith Hall, the home of Drake's SJMC. An agreement with the
Federal Communications Commission
Drake Athletics alternate logo Main article: Drake Bulldogs
Drake student-athletes compete in NCAA Division I in the Missouri
Valley Conference in all sports except football . In football, Drake
competes in the FCS NCAA Division I
Pioneer Football League
* Basketball (men's and women's)
* Crew (women's)
* Cross-country (men's and women's)
* Football (men's)
In 1885, baseball became the University's first varsity sport, followed by football and track .
In 1904, Drake organized a women's basketball team, but Mary Carpenter, the first Dean of Women, banned the team as "not appropriate" for women.
Also in 1904, the athletic teams received their nickname of Bulldogs from a sportswriter who noticed that John L. Griffith, who coached every sport, was bringing his pet bulldogs to the practice fields. The teams had previously been known as the Ducklings and Ganders.
On October 11, 1905, Drake's first football field, Haskins Field, opened with a 17-0 loss to Iowa.
In 1928, Drake's football history continued when Drake defeated
Simpson College 41-6 in what is believed to be the first night
football game west of the
In 1969, Drake\'s men\'s basketball team reached the Final Four of
the NCAA Tournament. Top-seeded
In 1973, nearly 70 years after the original women's basketball team had been banned, Drake established a department of Women's Intercollegiate Athletics.
In 1981, senior
Lewis Lloyd , the nation's second-leading scorer in
Division I men's basketball, was named a first-team All-American.
Drafted by the
In 1982, the first year of the NCAA women's basketball tournament, Drake came within one step of the Final Four.
Main article: Drake Relays
Drake's most famous event, the Drake Relays , began in 1910 in a blizzard with fewer than 100 participants. In 1935 Jesse Owens set an American broad jump record (26 feet 1-3/4 inches) at the Drake Relays. Today, the Drake Relays draws athletes from all over the world, including Olympians. Students kick-off the Relays in the annual tradition of street painting, in which student organizations colorfully decorate areas of Carpenter Avenue near the center of campus under a common theme.
The fight song for Drake
Here's to the one who wears the "D", Makes a good fight for varsity, Here's to those who've fought and won, Made a good fight as a true Drake alum,
Here's to the one who's brave and bold, Ready to battle like days of old, Fights like a Bulldog for victory, Oh, here's to the one who wears the "D".
Main article: List of Drake
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