State of the University in 1913
Published: Monday, December 2, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, December 3, 2013 01:12
In 1913, Sam Houston Normal Institute wasn’t represented by the Bearkats, but by the Normals.
Harry Estill had been president of the school for five years when the Houstonian was first published, according to SHSU history professor Ty Cashion’s book "Sam Houston State University: An Institutional Memory 1879-2004." The Houstonian was preceded by the now-defunct Alcalde yearbook.
Classes were just beginning to be numbered in a catalog form and numbered by level of complexity. Not long before the newspaper was first published, an ex-student association was formed in 1910.
SHNI athletics was also just getting its start in baseball, tennis, football, basketball, track and field.
The school was under a newly created State Normal School Board of Regents and a fourth year of study was added. The term sophomore was added as a result.
SHNI operated a training school for new teachers, which operated in a similar fashion to a student teacher system that exists today.