(Front row, left to right): E.H. Smith (B.S.) , Dept. of Mathematics; Stella Pennington (A.B.), Public School Music and Art; Dr. John W. Carr, President; Garland A. Murphy, Penmanship and Secretary to the President; James M. Hutchinson (B.S.), Supervisor of Training School; May Willa Moss (B.S., A.M.), Head of English Dept. and Advisor of Women ; (Back row, Left to right): Edward Filbeck (A.B.), Latin and English; Emma Linn Clark; W.M. Caudill (B.S.), Dept. of Geography; Belle M. Walker (A.B.) Dept. of Science; Katherine Hodge; Irby H. Koffman (A.B.), Education, English and Athletics.
Dedicated September 22, 1924, the Murray State Normal School building was the first structure on campus. That day, the auditorium of what is now known as Wrather Hall was filled to capacity with invited guests, faculty, students and local citizens. The building, which cost $16,000, contained 14 classrooms, four offices, two laboratories, and an auditorium with seating for 708. Regular classes met in the normal school building, while training school classes continued to meet in the Murray High School building downtown. Since the buildings were miles apart, the transportation of students from one building to the other was quite a problem.
The first Murray State football team was an interscholastic effort. The team’s schedule consisted of games with area high schools. Being older and stronger, it is no surprise that Murray State won most all games played. (Front row, left to right): Ed Bradley, Tellus Hutchins, Lowry Rains, Chief Thurman, Oren Wells. (Middle row, left to right): Dillard Holcomb, Ott McAtee, ? Bridges, Coach Irby Koffman, Jessee Holland, T. Sledd, Dewey Parks. (Back row, left to right): Dick Melugin, ? Shelton, Thomas McElwrath, Poss Duiguid, ? Wrather, ? Thompson.
Aerial photograph of Murray State campus c. 1957 and 1962. Click on photos for full-size images. - Submitted by Gross McGee.
The Hester crew, Halloween 2008
#32 is my Father, Hubert Kenzie Yelton. He attended Murray until after Pearl Harbor was bombed and then left school to join the Navy. - Suzanne Yelton Shephard
The ladies love Dunker's muscles, and Jen and I asked him to show them off! - Submitted by Haley Millwood
- Submitted by Lance Foss