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The answer is a. In 1890, the star appeared on the cover of the school's first catalog. The words independent, original, progressive and nonsectarian surrounded the star on that catalog. At the time, our university was a private normal college.

A star does not appear again on the catalog until 1901, but by that time, the star represented the seal of the state of Texas. The first North Texas seal available in our archives dates back to 1912 and also features a star. The 1912 seal appeared on both the cover of the Yucca (yearbook) and the North Texas State Normal Journal (a monthly magazine).

And just in case you are wondering about choice c, May 1988 also marks an important event in our history. On May 15 of that year, North Texas State University officially became the University of North Texas.