Our History

Professor of art Louis Zirkle initiated Grinnell’s program of outdoor art with his untitled sculpture, affectionately known to generations of Grinnellians as “The Zirkle.”  

The Grinnell-Nanjing Exchange renews the Grinnell-in-China program begun in 1916 that ended with the Japanese invasion of China in 1937.  It supports Grinnell’s nascent Chinese language program.

Gay and lesbian students form an active group and establish the Human/Gay Resource Center.  The center is later renamed the Stonewall Resource Center to commemorate the Stonewall Riots.

The sale of WDTN-TV in Dayton, Ohio, doubles the College’s endowment.  The initial investment was encouraged by trustee Warren Buffet, a friend of Intel co-founder Robert N. Noyce ’49.

 

Grinnell College celebrates its 150th birthday.

Pamela Ferguson, a mathematics professor and former dean of the graduate school at the University of Miami, is named the College’s 11th president.

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