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Appalachian State University Historical Timelines
General Events: 1930-1939


1930s: Great Depression. Average enrollment is 900, with a low of 350.

1930: In May YWCA sponsors first May Day Festival. The YWCA elects queen.

1931: State cuts 30% of appropriations to Appalachian State; teacher salaries are cut 10%.

1932: Campus houses 756 students and 27 faculty. Appalachian State is appropriated only $40 per capita by Legislature (University of North Carolina received $189 per capita). Teacher salaries are reduced 32%.

1932: First organized cheerleader squad appears in Rhododendron

1932: WPA money is used to build a hospital on Appalachian campus. Building is opened in 1932 as a college infirmary.

1932: In March, students hold a mass meeting concerning the social restrictions on campus. Event was started by announcement that men and women would not sit together at an operetta.  Two weeks later, B. B. Dougherty allows a series of short co-educational socials to be held sparsely over the next three years.

1933: "Playcrafters," Appalachian's first theatre group and dramatic club, is organized

1933: Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) chapter formed on campus

1933: First Freshman Orientation is held, which includes testing and classification of students

1934: The first issue of "The Appalachian" is published in October. It is a student-produced newspaper reporting campus events and opinions.

1934: The Appalachian YMCA joins a current crusade against immorality in movies.

1934: Alumni Association forms.

1934: The Book Room moves into the brick building at the corner of Locust St. and College Ave. Three apartments on second floor are used for faculty housing.

1935: First campus-wide election for May Queen held.

1935: Students strike for two days against strict social restrictions in February. During a basketball game, boys defied rules to sit with girls on bleachers. After the game, approximately fifty boys marched to girl's dormitories and the dean’s house. At both times police were called to disperse them. Striking students requested that to be allowed an integrated seating policy at athletic events and social functions. Students paraded down the streets of Boone and blocked the entrance to the Administration BuildingCollege President B. B. Dougherty replied by allowing students to form an elected representative committee to meet with the faculty’s Student Activity Committee, which would be allowed to do so again the following year.

1935: At the opening of the fall term, B. B. Dougherty allows girls to select what days they were allowed to travel uptown, when they would be allowed to visit the soda fountain, department stores, and other Boone businesses.

1935: Glee Club forms.

1935: College hires an orchestra to play at Central Dining Hall during dinner meals for three days.

1935: Letter Club is formed by seventeen students in November.

1935: Kidd Brewer begins coaching football at Appalachian. In 1935 the team scored five wins, two ties, and two defeats. In 1936 and 1938, the team won eight games and lost one, and in 1937 was undefeated. He leaves Appalachian after the 1938 season.

1935: 850 register for spring term

1935: Economics Club forms in December.

1936: A department for public speaking, titled the Department for Extemporaneous Speaking, is formed and directed by D. J. Whitener.

1936: Demonstration School sponsors a health project, wherein students would be provided with free showers twice a week, with free soap and towels provided.

1936: A March blizzard cuts off all travel in and out of Boone for a week. Students at the Demonstration School were forced to remain at the college until the weather improved.

1937: First Boone high school band is organized by Music Professor Gordon Nash.

1938: Appalachian Ice Cream Plant opens at the College Dairy.

1938: College Bookstore implements a textbook rental program.

1938: Mathematics Club is organized.

1938: Dr. No-Yung Park, professor of eastern history and international relations, gives a speech at Appalachian condemning the Sino-Japanese War.

1938: The college infirmary is reopened as Watauga County Hospital, where students and Watauga County residents could be treated on an in and out-patient basis. Hospital operates until 1968, when it is renovated to become the Administration Building Annex, and eventually renamed Founders Hall. Miss Edna Heinzerling served as superintendant.

1939: Music Department started.

1939: Marching Band forms, directed by Music Professor Gordon Nash.

1939: Baton Twirling Club, later the Majorettes, form.

1939: Official Student Council is founded and organized by student body, and given one seat on executive council meetings. Student Council writes and approves a student constitution.

1939: Student Council revises rules on dating and amount of dates allowed to girls. Dates were delegated by class rank: seniors were unrestricted, juniors allowed three a week, sophomores two, and freshmen one.

1939: Human Behavior grades for students are established (dropped 1955). Grades ranged from 1-5. Five resulted in expulsion. Objections to grades could be brought before the Student Council.

1939: The International Relations Club meeting in November discusses the effects of the European war on the United States.1939: The International Relations Club meeting in November discusses the effects of the European war on the United States.

1939: Appalachian State Teachers College recognized by American Association for Teacher Education.




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