The first indication we have of an active alumni body comes from the Maryland School Journal of 1877, edited by M. A. Newell, who served as the Maryland State Normal School (MSNS) principal from the day it opened in 1866 until 1890. From that one sentence, we can gather that this reunion was not the
We want students and faculty to look on their library with pleasure, and to know that it is theirs to build and to use with our help. -Dorothy Reeder, 1955 Report from the Librarian. When Towson University’s predecessor, the Maryland State Normal School, opened its doors in 1866, little thought had gone into the creation
In 1922, rather than printing a yearbook, the graduating class elected to create a “Senior Yearbook” in the brand new student newspaper, then called The Oriole. In that issue are the first photos of the Maryland State Normal School’s (MSNS) athletic teams, namely the “basket ball teams” for that year. None of the players are identified in the
On February 8th, 1932, Maryland State Normal School held a Folk Dance Party in the gymnasium.
On February 6th, 1970, Towson State College’s Debate Team faced and beat 30 American and Canadian Universities, winning them the international debating championship. Debater Picture_cropped-12ck8yq
On January 23, 1923, Maryland State Normal School’s faculty savings went to purchasing a school car, aptly named “The School Dodge”. On special occasions, the car would be used to drive the principal and important guests.
On January 11th, 1897, Dr. Mayo came to visit the Maryland State Normal School to give a lecture on education. Dr. Mayo was a famous doctor who revolutionized medical practice in the 1800’s. Despite his impact on the medical community, mayonnaise has been around since 1756; so, if kids during that time had any sense
On January 8th, 1931, a distressed parent attempted to barter their child’s failing grade by sending the faculty a half gallon bucket of oysters. Needless to say, the student’s grade wasn’t changed but the gift was appreciated.
On December 4th, 1929, Maryland State Normal School Principal, Lida Lee Tall proves yet again how amazing and kind a person she was. A student accepted to attend MSNS had to decline due to financial difficulties; however, Principal Tall made special concessions that would allow the student to attend anyway.
In November, 89.7 WTMD, held a party to commemorate 15 years of its current iteration as Towson University’s FM radio station. However, TU’s exploration and experimentation with radio has been a story almost 50 years in the making and encompasses many more call letters than WTMD. An Idea In October 1970, a committee made up