James Madison Dukes football
The James Madison Dukes football team, founded in 1972, plays at Bridgeforth Stadium and is currently coached by Mike Houston. The JMU football team was rarely the centerpiece of JMU sports until the hiring of coach, Mickey Matthews. Since then, JMU has gained recognition as one of the top programs in NCAA Division I FCS football, just five years after Madison College had become a coeducational institution, the Dukes fielded their first football team. Football was the brainchild of Dr. Ronald Carrier, Madisons president at the time, the first game took place on October 7,1972 against Shepherd Colleges junior varsity team at Harrisonburg High School. The team consisted of a few dozen walk-ons and was coached by 30-year-old Challace McMillin, in 1975, the Dukes had their first – and, to date, only – undefeated season and won the Virginia College Athletic Association title. Two players, Madison Hall of Fame quarterback Les Branich and offensive guard Jeff Adams, for the 1980 season, Madison made the jump from NCAA Division III to NCAA Division I-AA where they played as an Independent through 1992.
After twelve seasons the Dukes would join the Yankee Conference, which would become the Atlantic 10 Conference in 1997 and they were the first and only team to win three games on the road to advance to the National Championship Game. They returned to the playoffs in 2006 but suffered an early exit to the hands of Youngstown State University, the Dukes went to the playoffs again in 2007, traveling to Appalachian State in the first round. While down 27–28, JMU lost the game with a fumble on the ASU 8-yard line in the seconds of the fourth quarter. In 2008, they posted a 10–1 season record and received the top seed in the playoffs behind sensational quarterback Rodney Landers, after defeating Wofford and Villanova, they were defeated by the Montana Grizzlies in the semi-final round after Landers went down with an ankle injury. A $62 million stadium expansion to Bridgeforth was completed in 2011, adding an upper deck, bridgeforths official seating capacity is approximately 24,877, and is designed so it may be expanded to seat over 40,000.
Matthews gained his 100th career victory on October 6,2012 in a 13–10 win over the Towson Tigers. On December 21,2013, Everett Withers, assistant head coach and co-defensive coordinator at Ohio State was named as the head coach in the programs history by athletic director. Prior to his work at Ohio State, Withers was interim head coach for North Carolina during the 2011 season after the dismissal of Butch Davis and his first win as interim head coach at North Carolina was against the Mickey Matthews led James Madison Dukes on September 3,2011. While at JMU Withers compiled a 19-7 overall mark while making appearances in both of his years in Harrisonburg. He helped JMU receive national attention when ESPNs College GameDay show traveled to Harrisonburg to feature the 2015 Dukes, on January 18,2016 James Madison University named Mike Houston as head coach of the Dukes football program. Houston was formerly head coach of the Lenoir-Rhyne Bears and Citadel Bulldogs, Houston was very successful at Lenoir-Rhyne claiming three conference championships and an appearance in the NCAA Division II Football National Championship.
At The Citadel, Houston led the Bulldogs to their first SoCon conference championship since 1992, in the 2016 FCS playoff second round, he and the Dukes defeated the University of New Hampshire 55–22
Atlantic 10 Conference
The Atlantic 10 Conference is a collegiate athletic conference whose schools compete in the National Collegiate Athletic Associations Division I. Although some of its members are state-funded, half of its membership is made up of private, despite the name, there are 14 full-time members, and two affiliate members that participate in womens field hockey only. The Atlantic 10 Conference was founded in 1975 as the Eastern Collegiate Basketball League, at that time, basketball was its only sport. After its first season, it added other than basketball. However, despite its official names, it was known as the Eastern 8. Further membership changes saw the league expand to its maximum of 16 members, from 1997 through 2006, the league operated a football conference, during that period, more than 20 schools were participating in A-10 competition in at least one sport. This ended when the A-10 football programs all departed to join a new football conference sponsored by the Colonial Athletic Association, in 2012, Butler joined the conference after leaving the Horizon League and VCU joined after leaving the CAA.
Conference realignment in 2013 saw the departure of Temple to the American Athletic Conference and Xavier to the reconfigured Big East, george Mason joined from the CAA, and Davidson from the Southern Conference announced they would join in 2014. The league office headquarters has been located in Newport News, Virginia since the Fall of 2009, prior to that, the headquarters was in Philadelphia, within a few miles of member schools Saint Josephs and La Salle. The conference currently has media deals with ESPN, CBS Sports Network, ^ – Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Richmond played football within the A-10 from 1997 to 2006 after the Yankee Conference was absorbed. None of these institutions played football in the A-10 during their tenure as full members, membership dates include time in the Yankee Conference which merged into the A-10 in 1997. Notes Boston University dropped football after the 1997–98 season, connecticut moved to FBS after the 1999–2000 season, which eventually joined the Big East for that sport in the 2004–05 season.
Hofstra dropped football after the 2009–10 season, Northeastern dropped football after the 2009–10 season. Villanova was originally a charter and full member of the A-10 during the 1976–77 through the 1979–80 seasons in all sports except football, Full members Full members Associate members Assoc. member Notes* - Virginia Tech did not participate in wrestling. There are a number of intense rivalries within the Atlantic 10, with rivalries that carry over from the Big 5 which includes Saint Josephs, La Salle, URI and UMass have a long-standing rivalry. St. Bonaventure and Duquesne maintain a rivalry that predates their affiliation with the conference, UMass and Temple had a basketball rivalry while John Chaney was coaching Temple but it has died down a bit since, and even more so now that Temple has left the conference. Due to both sharing the Ram mascot, the Fordham - URI rivalry has increased in recent years as the competitions are heralded as The Battle of the Rams. The long-standing crosstown rivalry between Richmond and VCU, now known as the Capital City Classic, became a rivalry with VCUs arrival in the A10
Boston is the capital and most populous city of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in the United States. Boston is the seat of Suffolk County, although the county government was disbanded on July 1,1999. The city proper covers 48 square miles with a population of 667,137 in 2015, making it the largest city in New England. Alternately, as a Combined Statistical Area, this wider commuting region is home to some 8.1 million people, One of the oldest cities in the United States, Boston was founded on the Shawmut Peninsula in 1630 by Puritan settlers from England. It was the scene of several key events of the American Revolution, such as the Boston Massacre, the Boston Tea Party, the Battle of Bunker Hill, and the Siege of Boston. Upon U. S. independence from Great Britain, it continued to be an important port and manufacturing hub as well as a center for education, through land reclamation and municipal annexation, Boston has expanded beyond the original peninsula. Its rich history attracts many tourists, with Faneuil Hall alone drawing over 20 million visitors per year, Bostons many firsts include the United States first public school, Boston Latin School, first subway system, the Tremont Street Subway, and first public park, Boston Common.
Bostons economic base includes finance and business services, information technology, the city has one of the highest costs of living in the United States as it has undergone gentrification, though it remains high on world livability rankings. Bostons early European settlers had first called the area Trimountaine but renamed it Boston after Boston, England, the renaming on September 7,1630 was by Puritan colonists from England who had moved over from Charlestown earlier that year in quest of fresh water. Their settlement was limited to the Shawmut Peninsula, at that time surrounded by the Massachusetts Bay and Charles River. The peninsula is thought to have been inhabited as early as 5000 BC, in 1629, the Massachusetts Bay Colonys first governor John Winthrop led the signing of the Cambridge Agreement, a key founding document of the city. Puritan ethics and their focus on education influenced its early history, over the next 130 years, the city participated in four French and Indian Wars, until the British defeated the French and their Indian allies in North America.
Boston was the largest town in British America until Philadelphia grew larger in the mid-18th century, Bostons harbor activity was significantly curtailed by the Embargo Act of 1807 and the War of 1812. Foreign trade returned after these hostilities, but Bostons merchants had found alternatives for their investments in the interim. Manufacturing became an important component of the economy, and the citys industrial manufacturing overtook international trade in economic importance by the mid-19th century. Boston remained one of the nations largest manufacturing centers until the early 20th century, a network of small rivers bordering the city and connecting it to the surrounding region facilitated shipment of goods and led to a proliferation of mills and factories. Later, a network of railroads furthered the regions industry. Boston was a port of the Atlantic triangular slave trade in the New England colonies
Harrisonburg is an independent city in the Shenandoah Valley region of Virginia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 48,914, Harrisonburg is the county seat of Rockingham County, although the two are separate jurisdictions. The Bureau of Economic Analysis combines the city of Harrisonburg with Rockingham County for statistical purposes, Harrisonburg is home to James Madison University and Eastern Mennonite University. Harrisonburg is the city of the Harrisonburg, Virginia Metropolitan Statistical Area. Harrisonburg, previously known as Rocktown, was named for Thomas Harrison, in 1779, Harrison deeded 2.5 acres of his land to the public good for the construction of a courthouse. In 1780, Harrison deeded an additional 50 acres and this is the area now known as Historic Downtown Harrisonburg. In 1849, trustees chartered a mayor–council form of government, although Harrisonburg was not officially incorporated as an independent city until 1916, today, a council–manager government administers Harrisonburg.
When the slaves of the Shenandoah Valley were freed in 1865 and this settlement was eventually annexed by the independent city of Harrisonburg some years later, probably around 1892. Today, the old city of Newtown is still the home of the majority of Harrisonburgs predominantly black churches, such as First Baptist, the modern Boys and Girls Club of Harrisonburg is located in the old Lucy Simms schoolhouse used for the black students in the days of segregation. This effort, called Project R4, focused on the city blocks east of Main, north of Gay, west of Broad, and south of Johnson. According to Bob Sullivan, an intern working in the city office in 1958. Newtown, a low socioeconomic status housing area, was declared a slum, federal law mandated that the city needed to have a referendum on the issue before R4 could begin. The vote was close with 1,024 votes in favor and 978 against R4, after the vote, the Harrisonburg Redevelopment and Housing Authority was formed. All of the members were white men, the project began and, due to eminent domain, the government could force the people of Newtown to sell their homes.
They were offered rock bottom prices for their homes, many people couldnt afford a new home and had to move into public housing projects and become dependent on the government. Likewise, many of the businesses of Newtown that were bought out could not afford to reestablish themselves, klines, a white-owned business, was actually one of the few businesses in the area that was able to reopen. The city sold the land to commercial developers, in early 2002, the Harrisonburg community discussed the possibility of creating a pedestrian mall downtown. Public meetings were held to discuss the merits and drawbacks of pursuing such a plan, the community decided to keep its Main Street open to traffic
Richmond Spiders football
The Richmond Spiders are a college football team representing the University of Richmond in Richmond, Virginia. Richmond was the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision champion for the 2008 season, Richmond currently competes in the Colonial Athletic Association of the NCAAs Division I Football Championship Subdivision. In 2008, #7 Richmond beat Eastern Kentucky, Appalachian State, in the FCS National Championship Game on December 19,2008, they defeated Montana 24–7 to win the first team NCAA national title for the University of Richmond in any sport. Richmonds traditional rival in sports is the College of William & Mary. Richmond and William & Mary have met 123 times since 1898, only Lafayette-Lehigh, Princeton–Yale, and Harvard-Yale have played more games. They were FCS National Champions in 2008
Warren McGuirk Alumni Stadium
Warren McGuirk Alumni Stadium is a 17, 000-seat multi-purpose stadium in Hadley, Massachusetts on the campus of the University of Massachusetts Amherst. It was home for all games for the UMass Minutemen football team through the 2011 season, the football team played half their home games here in 2014, and will continue to host some games moving forward. The stadium is named for Warren P. McGuirk, who was the UMass Athletic Director from 1948 to 1971, although it is located within the Universitys campus, which is almost entirely in Amherst, the stadium itself lies just across the border in Hadley. Replacing Alumni Field, the stadium hosted its first game on September 25,1965, with UMass beating American International College, the stadium was officially dedicated on October 16,1965, when UMass defeated Rhode Island 30-7 in a homecoming contest. The most recent sellout at the stadium was on December 2,2006 with UMass defeating New Hampshire, the stadium is the site of UMass Amherst graduation ceremonies, and hosted the 1987 NCAA women’s soccer championship.
On April 10,2009, an Amherst resident fell from the stadium in what police believe was a suicide, UMass now plays in the Football Bowl Subdivision. McGuirk Stadiums current capacity is only modestly above the NCAAs requirement of 15,000 average attendance for FBS membership, the school upgraded its press box to meet NCAA requirements to bring some games back to campus, and upgraded its indoor training facilities. Lights were installed in the stadium for the 2008 football season, the first game played under the permanent lights was the season opener on August 30,2008, with UMass beating Albany 28-16. A video scoreboard was installed during the 2009 season, a new FieldTurf playing surface was installed in McGuirk Stadium for the 2014 football season. The plaza on the east side of the stadium behind the gates, MinuteFan Park, hosts food and souvenir vendors. On April 20,2011, the officially accepted an invitation to become a football-only member of the Division I FBS Mid-American Conference. Consequently, the 2011 season was the last at McGuirk Stadium before a renovation project to upgrade it to FBS standards.
For the 2012 and 2013 seasons, the Minutemen played all of their games at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough. The north end has a new training facility and locker rooms added, the old press box was demolished, with a new box constructed to two levels with more TV/radio booths as well as luxury suites added. The stadium was not suitable for FBS football in its previous configuration and it would have been prohibitively difficult to meet the minimum FBS attendance of least 15,000 fans per game, and its press box and replay facilities were well below MAC standards. The cost of construction is estimated at $20 million and was completed in time for the 2014 season. McCutcheon said there are presently no plans to expand the stadium, which would make it the smallest stadium in the MAC. On September 14,2012, the UMass trustees approved a five-year, included in the plan was $30 million to be spent renovating the stadium as part of the transition to FBS football play
Villanova Wildcats football
The Villanova Wildcats football program represents Villanova University in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision. The Wildcats currently compete in the Colonial Athletic Association for football only and they play on campus at Villanova Stadium with capacity of 12,000, with some games at PPL Park in Chester with capacity of 18,000. Andy Talley has been coach of the program since it was reinstated in 1985. The Wildcats football team played their first game 122 years ago in November 1894 coached by Mike Murphy, on April 14,1981, the program was officially disbanded due to weak attendance and monetary reasons cited by the university board of directors. Athletic Director Ted Aceto had stated they had sold only 750 season tickets for the 1980 season with 95 scholarship players, the Wildcats 1980 season record was 6–5. Under heavy pressure from alumni and students, the program was reinstated by the Board of Trustees in April 1984, led by current head coach Andy Talley, they began playing a couple of regulation NCAA games in September 1985.
The reborn program had instant success, beginning with an undefeated five-game schedule against Division III competition, the program moved up to Division I-AA and joined the Yankee Conference in 1987, beginning official competition in 1988. Led by quarterback Kirk Schulz and wide receiver Robert Brady, the Wildcats reached the I-AA playoffs in 1989, bowing to eventual champion Georgia Southern in a spirited, high scoring game. With All-American linebacker Curtis Eller, the Cats returned to the I-AA playoffs in 1991 and 1992, All-American wide receiver Brian Finneran led the Wildcats to the I-AA playoffs in 1996 before bowing to East Tennessee State. The 1997 season marked Villanovas first undefeated, untied regular season, the 1997 Cats featured two future Payton Award winners- Finneran and freshman running back Brian Westbrook. The Cats defeated Colgate in the I-AA playoffs before falling a 3rd time to nemesis Youngstown State, in 2002, led by All-American QB Brett Gordon, Villanova advanced to the NCAA I-AA semifinals, defeating Fordham and Furman before falling to McNeese State.
In 2008, a squad led by all-purpose back Matt Szczur. Ijalana was drafted the 2nd highest in history, behind Hall-of-famer Howie Long. Linebacker Darrell Young was a talented player, who ended up signing onto the Washington Redskins. Young made the switch from linebacker in college, to fullback in the NFL which is almost unheard of in this day. Other players that contributed were Brandyn Harvey, Norman White, Phil Atkinson, Aaron Ball, Angelo Babbaro, Tony Canci, Ross Ventrone, Ramin Mobasseri, Fred Maldonado, and many others. Harvey ended up signing with the Atlanta Falcons, and Ventrone was on the New England Patriots in 2012, appearing in the Super Bowl, the 4th Wildcat to do so. Ventrone became wildly popular in the NFL locker rooms for his off the field comedic antics, Tony Canci and Ramin Mobasseri were walk-ons who earned scholarships through their play
In 1682, William Penn, an English Quaker, founded the city to serve as capital of the Pennsylvania Colony. Philadelphia was one of the capitals in the Revolutionary War. In the 19th century, Philadelphia became an industrial center. It became a destination for African-Americans in the Great Migration. The areas many universities and colleges make Philadelphia a top international study destination, as the city has evolved into an educational, with a gross domestic product of $388 billion, Philadelphia ranks ninth among world cities and fourth in the nation. Philadelphia is the center of activity in Pennsylvania and is home to seven Fortune 1000 companies. The Philadelphia skyline is growing, with a market of almost 81,900 commercial properties in 2016 including several prominent skyscrapers. The city is known for its arts and rich history, Philadelphia has more outdoor sculptures and murals than any other American city. Fairmount Park, when combined with the adjacent Wissahickon Valley Park in the watershed, is one of the largest contiguous urban park areas in the United States.
The 67 National Historic Landmarks in the city helped account for the $10 billion generated by tourism, Philadelphia is the only World Heritage City in the United States. Before Europeans arrived, the Philadelphia area was home to the Lenape Indians in the village of Shackamaxon, the Lenape are a Native American tribe and First Nations band government. They are called Delaware Indians and their territory was along the Delaware River watershed, western Long Island. Most Lenape were pushed out of their Delaware homeland during the 18th century by expanding European colonies, Lenape communities were weakened by newly introduced diseases, mainly smallpox, and violent conflict with Europeans. Iroquois people occasionally fought the Lenape, surviving Lenape moved west into the upper Ohio River basin. The American Revolutionary War and United States independence pushed them further west, in the 1860s, the United States government sent most Lenape remaining in the eastern United States to the Indian Territory under the Indian removal policy.
In the 21st century, most Lenape now reside in the US state of Oklahoma, with communities living in Wisconsin, Ontario. The Dutch considered the entire Delaware River valley to be part of their New Netherland colony, in 1638, Swedish settlers led by renegade Dutch established the colony of New Sweden at Fort Christina and quickly spread out in the valley. In 1644, New Sweden supported the Susquehannocks in their defeat of the English colony of Maryland
The Colonial Clash was an annual college football rivalry game played between University of Massachusetts Amherst and University of New Hampshire. UMass has transitioned to the Football Bowl subdivision of NCAA Division I, the two teams played each other first in 1897, and annually from the 1950s until UMass made the move to FBS in 2012. The rivalry was named The Colonial Clash beginning with the game in 2010, the MVP of the game is awarded the Bill Knight Trophy. The first game played between the two took place on October 2,1897, in Amherst, Massachusetts. Massachusetts won the game by a score of 10–4, at the time, UMass was known as Massachusetts Agricultural College and New Hampshire was officially New Hampshire College of Agriculture and the Mechanic Arts. They had formed an association with other public colleges in New England such as present day UConn. The colleges continued to schedule matches intermittently through 1922, Massachusetts affiliated with the New England Conference in 1923, and the schools would not meet again on the gridiron until New Hampshire joined Massachusetts in the Yankee Conference in 1952.
UMass and New Hampshire have met at least once a year every season since, UMass leads the all-time series 43–27–3, though it has been decidedly more even within the past 30 years. From 1958 through 1989, UMass won 26 of the meetings, losing six times. The most successful run for New Hampshire occurred from 1990 to 2002, in April 2011, UMass announced plans to join the Mid-American Conference and move up to the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision, the highest level of college football in the country. UNH plans to remain in the Colonial Athletic Association of the Football Championship Subdivision, no more meetings are currently scheduled, leaving the future of the rivalry in doubt
NBC Sports Boston
CSN New England is an American regional sports network that is owned by the NBC Sports Group unit of NBCUniversal, and operates as an affiliate of NBC Sports Regional Networks. Comcast SportsNet New England originally launched on November 6,1981 as PRISM New England, a spin-off of the Philadelphia-based film and sports-oriented premium service PRISM, it was founded by that channels parent company, Spectacor. Along with carrying entertainment programming, the network served as the cable television home for the NHLs Hartford Whalers. In late 1982, Spetacor sold PRISM New England to Cablevision Systems Corporation, on January 1,1983, the network was rebranded as SportsChannel New England, becoming the second network of what would become the SportsChannel group. Cablevision, News Corporation and Liberty Media formed the venture National Sports Partners to run the regional networks. The channel was rebranded as Fox Sports Net New England in 2000. In 2001, Comcast purchased a 50% interest in Fox Sports Net New England, the networks name was shortened to FSN New England in 2004, through the de-emphasis of the Fox Sports Net brand by the regional networks.
In years, the network carried selected New York Mets games in parts of Connecticut that were not served by MSG or FSN New York, in the summer of 2007, Cablevision sold its remaining 50% share of the network to Comcast. The network was integrated into the Comcast SportsNet group of regional sports networks. CSN New England, along with the other Comcast SportsNet-branded networks, was revamped with a new logo, on August 6,2014, satellite provider Dish Network dropped Comcast SportsNet New England in a dispute over a proposed increase in retransmission consent fees during carriage agreement negotiations. Comcast SportsNet New England carries programming distributed nationally by Fox Sports Networks in lieu of a regional FSN affiliate, the channel aired studio shows produced by Fox Sports Networks, prior to the premiere of the networks own sports news program, SportsNet Central, in December 2009. The network formerly carried games from the NHLs Hartford Whalers from its launch in 1981 until the relocation to North Carolina in 1997.
The network served as the home of the Boston Breakers of the United States Football League. A special edition of the program, The Basketball Show, airs whenever the Boston Celtics are playing in the NBA Finals, Celtics Now – Hosted by Michael Holley, a weekly studio show reviewing news involving the Boston Celtics from the previous week. Cross Check – Hosted by Michael Felger and Mike Milbury, the show all of the weeks latest news on the Boston Bruins. Joe Haggerty and Bruins fourth line winger Shawn Thornton make weekly appearances, SportsNet Central – A daily half-hour sports news program featuring highlights and headlines on Boston-area and national sports teams. Hosts and reporters include Kyle Draper, Mike Giardi, Abby Chin, Dalen Cuff, Kevin Walsh, Jessica Moran, Bob Neumeier and Eric Frede. SportsNet Central Xtra – Airs before and after New England Patriots, Boston Red Sox and Boston Bruins playoff games, Michael Felger hosts with Tony Amonte as an analyst for Bruins games and former Patriots Troy Brown, Ty Law and Mike Flynn as the analysts for Patriots games
Rhode Island Rams football
The Rhode Island Rams football program is the intercollegiate American football team for the University of Rhode Island located in the U. S. state of Rhode Island. The team competes in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision and are members of the Colonial Athletic Association, Rhode Islands first football team was fielded in 1895. The team plays its games at the 5,180 seat Meade Stadium in Kingston. They have just three winning seasons since that time, and none since 2002
University of Massachusetts Amherst
The University of Massachusetts Amherst is a public research and land-grant university in Amherst, United States, and the flagship of the University of Massachusetts system. The university offers degrees, masters degrees, and doctoral degrees in 111 undergraduate,75 masters and 47 doctoral programs in nine schools. The main campus is situated north of downtown Amherst, in a 2009 article for MSN. com, Amherst was ranked first in Best College Towns in the United States. In 2012, U. S. News and World Report ranked Amherst among the Top 10 Great College Towns in America and it is a member of the Five College Consortium. The University of Massachusetts Amherst is categorized as a Research University with Highest research activity by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, in fiscal year 2014, UMass Amherst had research expenditures exceeding $200 million. UMass Amherst sports teams are called the Minutemen and Minutewomen, the colors being maroon and white, all teams participate in NCAA Division I.
The university is a member of the Atlantic 10 Conference, while playing ice hockey in Hockey East, the university was initially named the Massachusetts Agricultural College, popularly referred to as Mass Aggie or M. A. C. In 1867, the college had yet to admit any students, had been through two Presidents, and still had not completed any college buildings, in that year, William S. Clark was appointed President of the college and Professor of Botany. He quickly appointed a faculty, completed the plan. Clark became the first functioning President and arguably the founding father of the college. The original buildings consisted of Old South College, North College, the Chemistry Laboratory, known as College Hall, the Boarding House, the Botanic Museum, although enrollment was slow during the 1870s, the fledgling college built momentum under the leadership of President Henry Hill Goodell. In the 1880s, Goodell implemented a plan, adding the College Drill Hall in 1883, the Old Chapel Library in 1885.
The Campus Pond, now the focus of the University Campus, was created in 1893 by damming a small brook. The early 20th century saw expansion in terms of enrollment. The first female student was admitted in 1875 on a part-time basis, in 1903, Draper Hall was constructed for the dual purpose of a dining hall and female housing. The first female students graduated with the class of 1905, the first dedicated female dormitory, the Abigail Adams House was built in 1920. By the start of the 20th century, the college was thriving, the Education curriculum was established in 1907. In recognition of the enrollment and broader curriculum, the college was renamed Massachusetts State College in 1931