East Central University was one of three normal schools established in eastern Oklahoma in 1909. Three similar institutions had been established earlier in the western half of the new state; each provided preparatory education including two years of college leading to teacher certification.Ada's selection as the college's location followed intensive lobbying efforts by the 25,000 Club, a local booster club which also raised funds for faculty salaries so classes could begin that fall in local churches and public school classrooms. The 1910 legislature appropriated funds for faculty salaries and construction of a building which was completed later that year on a sixteen acre site which had been donated by Dan Hayes, a Chickasaw allottee.In 1919 the six normal schools became teachers' colleges and began to confer bachelors degrees. In 1939 they added degree programs in Arts and Sciences and were designated as state colleges. In 1954 the six colleges were authorized to offer their first graduate work in a fifth-year program for teachers. Other master's degrees have since been added.Uh...come again? What the hell is a "normal" school?The strangest part of this whole search is that the name East Central was chosen, on purpose, not that long ago:
In 1974 East Central became East Central Oklahoma State University which was changed to East Central University in 1985.I fully understand changing the name from East Central Oklahoma State University - that's a ridiculous name - but why would you intentionally make the name more confusing? You had the opportunity to change the name of your school, and all you could come up with was East Central? Really?Anyway, good luck to the DU Pioneers tonight, and thank goodness the game is in Denver. At least nobody has to figure out which direction to send the team plane.
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