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Denton's Private College by Nita Thurman
Spring 2007      


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If our story of the private college that became UNT stopped too early for you, here's more information from Nita Thurman regarding UNT's early years as a state-supported normal.

Minter B. Terrill was followed by J.S. Kendall as president of North Texas State Normal College. When Kendall died in 1906, W.H. Bruce became president and remained in office for 17 years. At the state college's Silver Jubilee celebration in 1927, Bruce described his job as "president, dean, stenographer, head janitor and night watchman."

Under his direction, North Texas became a true senior college. Enrollment doubled during the decade.

School in those days was supposed to be "helpful and spiritually uplifting." Teachers were in charge of students' morals and manners as well as their academic learning. Rules were strict. Two tardies equaled one unexcused absence. Each unexcused absence earned a 10 percent grade penalty — and that was doubled if the absence was before or after a holiday.

Boarding house regulations also were enforced for students and especially for co-eds. The old bell of the first president, Joshua C. Chilton, rang curfew every night.

Graduates were expected to be cultured young women and men. The college brought in nationally known artists and speakers, and attendance at these programs was mandatory. In the 1930s, Dean of Women Edith Clark had full teas — silver service, tiny sandwiches, the works — regularly that also were mandatory for every female on campus.

There were gradual changes, however, especially for women. In 1914, Beulah Harriss offered a physical education class for women — a gymnastics class that was held in the basement of the old Historical Building. They wore bloomers and blouses, and their uniforms must have been a boon to the fabric stores. Each pair of bloomers required 14 yards of material.

electric street car

An electric streetcar, running between campus and downtown Denton beginning in 1910

UNT campus 1920s

Campus in the early 1920s

President Bruce standing beside a car with Mrs. Bruce sitting in the passenger seat.

President and Mrs. Bruce in 1922

1921 women's baskball team

The 1921 women's basketball squad, which finished 10-0 and was coached by Beulah Harriss, back row center


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