Missouri State University was founded in 1905 as the Fourth District Normal School. During its early years, the institution’s primary purpose was preparing teachers for the public school systems in the southwest region of Missouri. Here are some important dates in the history of the University:

1899
The State Fruit Experiment Station, located in Mountain Grove, Mo., is established by Missouri Legislature. It remained a state agency until 1974, when it became part of what is now Missouri State University. Therefore, it is the oldest segment of the University. The Mountain Grove campus is now part of the University System.

1905
The main campus is founded in Springfield, Mo.

June 11, 1906
The first class of 543 students starts classes in off-campus facilities.

1906-'07 school year
Maroon and white are chosen as the school’s colors. The Bear is chosen as its mascot.

August 10, 1907
The cornerstone is laid for the first building on campus.

January 1909
Academic Hall (now Carrington Hall) is completed, making it the first building on the Springfield campus.

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