Tech turns 91!

On Feb. 10, 1923, Texas  Gov. Pat M. Neff signed Senate Bill 103, which established a higher education facility in West Texas. What started out as the Texas Technological College is now our beloved Texas Tech University.

The first picture of the Tech administration building. Picture courtesy of Texas Tech Southwest Collection.

The first picture of the Tech administration building. Picture courtesy of Texas Tech Southwest Collection.

Tech has seen many changes over the years, but one thing always stays the same — our school spirit. Freshman agricultural business major Vivian Gu came to Tech from Houston because she enjoyed the spirited atmosphere.

“I was looking for a school with high school spirit,” Gu said. “The football games, school colors, the mascot. I just really enjoy the school spirit.”

Allison Matherly, the coordinator of digital engagement, said the school has received many congratulatory messages via social media today. She said that she thinks it’s an honor to have Tech in Lubbock.

Texas Technological marching band.

Texas Technological marching band.

“I think it’s amazing that Lubbock is where Texas Tech is actually located,” Matherly said, “simply because there were 37 different towns that submitted to house the university. West Texas as a whole really embraces the university, and really wanted it to belong to their specific town.”

If you would like to see pictures from Tech’s past, you can visit school-sponsored Long Live the Matadors on Tumblr.

To see more student reactions to Tech’s anniversary, watch MCTV later this week.

Special thanks to Erin Willis and Patrick McNeil for contributing to this article.

About Sarah Self-Walbrick

Graduate Executive Director — Mass Communication Graduate Student, Class of 2017
Sarah, a Lubbock native, has two bachelor of art degrees in electronic media and communication and journalism, and is pursuing a master's in mass communications. She loves Texas, her husband and dog, and good storytelling.

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