Rollins Through the Years

1904-1925







         

1904

 

Measles “epidemic” ... first Boat House—estimated cost: $750.00 ... Sparrell Cottage given to College; will act as girls’ dorm, President’s home (later classrooms and language lab) ... Cooking Class prepares dinner for trustees ...

 
         

1905

 

Extra charges include $3.00/semester for electric lights ... after abolishment of state military institutes at Gainesville & Bartow, Rollins has more men than women—“a very unusual situation,” comments Pres. Blackman ...

   
         

1906

 

New art studio built ...

 
         

1907

 

Florida’s first Rhodes Scholar: Berkeley Blackman, [19]’07 ... Music Hall (current site of Hooker Hall) struck by lightning; pianos and School of Domestic Arts destroyed ... Rollins College Athletic Association adopts constitution and bylaws ...

   
         

1908

 

Board of Trustees approves new College seal ... Business School drops Telegraphy Course … Carrie Nation speaks … Cloverleaf Cottage and dining hall moved ...

   
         

1909

 

First tennis team ... Carnegie and Chase Halls dedicated ... Knowles Hall burns ...

  Carnegie Hall
         

1910

 

Florida’s first interscholastic athletic meet held at Rollins: 4 high schools attend ... Hamilton Holt addresses students ...

 
         

1911

 

Dedication of Knowles Hall II ...

 
         

1912

 

Dedication of “dinky” dock ... registration in School of Music doubles—to 69 ... “The College cannot undertake to furnish medical attendance or professional nursing to students gratuitously, in case of illness” ...

   
         

1913

 

First women elected to Board of Trustees ...

   
         

1915

 

Reorganization of Intercollegiate Prohibition Association ... President Blackman resigns; Arthur Delano Enyart, Dean, and William Russell O’Neal, Secretary/Treasurer, administer college … I-hoo-es-chay Canoe Club ...

   
         

1916

 

Ward returns as acting president ... Rollins Tennis Club formed to maintain courts, assist in arranging matches ... students and faculty hold straw vote: Wilson, women’s suffrage, and national prohibition win ...

   
         

1917

 

Business Dept. opens “The Co- Op,” co-operative store patterned after Harvard’s, selling everything “from chewing gum to tennis rackets”; all profits go to the College ... Calvin Henry French becomes Rollins’ fourth President ... baseball season cancelled: Rollins men begin drill sessions to prepare for military service in World War I ... Alumni Association votes to publish magazine: The Rollins Alumni Record ...

  The Alumni Record
         

1918

 

School of Business opens night school ... thesis no longer required for graduation ... all students members of “Boarding Club”; dining room seats 150 ... Dinky derails behind Cloverleaf ... Class of ’18 largest to date: 8 students ... dining hall burns; meals are moved to the gym ...

   
         

1919

 

President French resigns; Ward returns as acting president ... enthusiastic students meet Pres. Ward at train with carriage and pull him home ... Young Women’s Glee Club changes its name to “First Liberty Chorus of the State of Florida” ... The Commons replaces original dining hall—called “the Beanery” even then ...

  Calvin Henry French
         

1920

 

Wireless station headquartered in gym ... Rollins girls take up riflery ... Rollins inaugurates annual statewide aquatic meet for high schools ...

 
         

1921

 

Acting President Ward resigns ...

   
         

1922

 

Robert James Sprague takes Ward’s place ... “Fleet” Peeples comes to Rollins to coach swimming ... Rollins “undisputed” State swimming champion ...

  Robert James Sprague
         

1923

 

Winter Park and Rollins celebrate Founders’ Day Pageant on Lake Osceola—Rollins men appear as Indian braves ... Acting President Sprague named President ... tuition, room, & board: $450.00 ...

   
         

1924

 

William Clarence Weir becomes Rollins’ seventh president ... “Station WDBO, Rollins College, Winter Park, Florida, broadcasting on a wave length of 240 meters will now begin their first program” ... The Tomokan announces plan to start beauty contest ... Girls’ Athletic Association founded ...

  William Clarence Weir
         

1925

 

Dept. of Business Administration offers course on Federal Income Tax, since “federal income taxes are with us to stay” ... season ticket on the Dinky—Orlando to Oviedo—$10.00 ... Jr. prom revived after three-year absence—classes had been too small … annual high school aquatic meet draws 150 entrants... Pres. Weir stricken by illness; Robert Sprague steps in as acting president …

 



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