Ball State (Teachers College) (Circa 1929)
A piece of Ball State History! The schools name was changed to Ball State Teachers College in 1929 as depicted by the name on the leather seal! Yes that’s right leather seal! The pennant has a small blemish shown in the photos to the right of the ‘B’ but believe me in person you would have to look hard to spot it. The photo makes it more noticeable than it really is. I can’t think of seeing a better example of a pennant from Ball State! What a great gift this would make for any soon to be graduate or alumnus. This piece is a work of pennant making art!
David Letterman maybe?
Approx. 36 inches without tassels
The close relationship between the Balls and the school led to an unofficial moniker for the college, with many students, faculty, and local politicians casually referring to the school as “Ball State,” a shorthand alternative to its longer, official name. During the 1922 short session of the Indiana legislature, the state renamed the school as Ball Teachers College. This was in recognition to the Ball family’s continuing beneficence to the institution. During this act, the state also reorganized its relationship with Terre Haute and established a separate local board of trustees for the Muncie campus. In 1924, Ball Teachers College’s trustees hired Benjamin J. Burris as the successor to President Linnaeus N. Hines. The Ball brothers continued giving to the university and partially funded the construction of the Science Hall (now called Burkhardt Building) in 1924 and an addition to Ball Gymnasium in 1925. By the 1925–1926 school year, Ball State enrollment reached 991 students: 697 women and 294 men. Based on the school’s close relationship with the Ball Corporation, a long-running nickname for the school was “Fruit Jar Tech.”
During the regular legislative session of 1929, the General Assembly informally separated the Terre Haute and Muncie campuses of the state teachers college system, but it placed the governing of the Ball State campus under the Indiana State Teachers College Board of Trustees based in Terre Haute. With this action, the school was renamed Ball State Teachers College. The following year, enrollment increased to 1,118, with 747 female and 371 male students.
Ball State (Teachers College)