A Walk Through Time at NAU

Normal School Years


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

1912–First football game played at NAU

1914–Campus newspaper established, named The Pine

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

1924–NAU hosts the first Homecoming game at McMullen Field

Teachers College


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


The Shrine of the Ages Choir first performs at the Grand Canyon. The choir still serves as the most elite choir on campus.

Arizona State College



Arizona State College earns approval to offer bachelor’s degrees in arts and sciences

Northern Arizona University


1968– Lumberjack statue completed by NAU student Charles Bonney

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

1971–The South Campus Academic Center opens on August 29

1977– The Skydome opens with a victory over Montana

1987–Telephones are added to campus


Members of 31 tribes sign an accord called New Momentum, making the university a national leader in Native American education

1999– NAU celebrates its Centennial


Native American Cultural Center opens to serve the needs of Native American students on the University’s campus by creating a space for socialization, studying, programs and ceremonies.

2017– NAU welcomes its largest class

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

2019- Flagstaff receives record breaking snow

36 inches in 24 hours — it was SNOW big deal

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



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