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150 Facts from 150 Years
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In 2012, the Howard University School of Law was ranked by the National Jurist magazine as one of the top 20 schools in the nation for producing public service graduates.
Wilbur Patterson Thirkield served as Howard University’s eighth president from September 1, 1906 until June 20 1912.
Dr. Elbert Cox joined the faculty of Howard University in 1929. Dr. Cox was the first African American to earn a Ph.D. (Cornell University 1925) in mathematics. He remained at Howard until his retirement in 1965 and served as chairman of the Mathematics Department from 1957-1961.
The John Burr Building for Physical Education was constructed in 1964. It was dedicated on October 25, 1974 to Professor John H. Burr, who served as professor of physical education from 1923-1958. The facility serves as the venue for Bison basketball games, volleyball matches, and swim meets.
Byron Sunderland served as Howard University’s second president from 1867-1869. The College of Medicine, the College of Pharmacy and the School of Law were established during Mr. Sunderland’s presidency.
The Peace Corps ranked Howard University first on the 2017 list of top volunteer-producing Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
Dr. Ernest E. Just, renowned cell biologist, served on the faculty of Howard University 1907-1940. Dr. Just initiated the master’s degree program in zoology at Howard University. He served as faculty advisor to the founding chapter of Omega Psi Phi fraternity.
In 2017, Cameron Clarke became the fourth Rhodes Scholar from Howard University. The other Howard University recipients of this prestigious academic scholarship are Marianna Ofosu (2003), Carla Peterman (1999) and Mark Alleyne (1986).
Charles B. Boynton was selected as Howard University’s first president. Mr. Boynton served from March 19, 1867 to August, 1867. Like most of the University’s incorporators, Mr. Boynton was a member of the First Congregational Church.
Alumnus Dr. Numa P..G. Adams (A.B. magna cum laude 1911) was the first African American Dean of the Howard University College of Medicine. He served as dean of the Medical School from 1929-1940.
Established in 2005, the Howard University Middle School of Mathematics and Science (MS)² is a public charter school committed to academic excellence, focusing on mathematics and science for grades 6 – 8.