Take a stroll down memory lane

We’re a school filled with history and tradition. Test your NAU knowledge and talk a walk down our memory lane.

Normal School Years

As with most history, in NAU’s early years, chance and circumstance played as much of a role as planning.

1899– NAU opened its doors as Northern Arizona Normal School (NANS)

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1912–First football game played at NAU

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Margaret “Mother” Hanley begins her 41 years of running the NAU dining hall.

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1914–Campus newspaper established, named The Pine

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1923– Dairy barns are built on campus to house the Holstein heard

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1924–NAU hosts the first Homecoming game at McMullen Field

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Teachers College

Grady Gammage served as president from 1926 to 1933 at what would become Northern Arizona Unviersity — then called Northern Arizona State Teachers College and Arizona State Teachers College at Flagstaff.

1933–Our school’s first mascot, the copper axe was cast

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1935–

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Arizona State College

“Hail, Arizona, Hail, ASC,” was the alma mater for students who attended the Flagstaff campus starting in 1945.

1946–

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Northern Arizona University

1968– Lumberjack statue completed by NAU student Charles Bonney

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Originally it was located outside the building that is now the bookstore.

1971–The South Campus Academic Center opens on August 29

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1977– The Skydome opens with a victory over Montana

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1987–Telephones are added to campus

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1989–

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1999– NAU celebrates its Centennial

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2011–

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2017– NAU welcomes its largest class

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2018- The new Honors College building opens up to offer housing, classroom and study space to NAU’s honors students

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2019- Flagstaff receives record breaking snow

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This year we also celebrate 120 years of academic excellence 💙💛

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