Timeline

1930s

April 16, 1934: Charter Day (2:52 p.m.)

October 1, 1934: First convocation of William J. Porter University in 3rd floor auditorium of First Baptist Educational Building.

1935: Porter University officially changes to Jacksonville Junior College (JJC). Classes move to Haddock Business University classrooms at 517 Laura Street.

1936: The school occupies the entire second floor of the Florida Theater Building.

1940s

1944: JJC colors change from scarlet and white to green and white.

January 20, 1944: Dr. Garth H. Akridge is elected as first full-time, salaried president of JJC and serves from 1944-1951.

April, 1944: JJC moves to Kay Mansion at 704 Riverside Avenue.

October 27, 1944: The Scribe is the first student newspaper, publishes only two issues.

September 23, 1946: The Fledgling school newspaper starts.

June 24, 1947: Carl S. Swisher elected Chairman of Board of Trustees.

December 12, 1947: The name “Green Dolphins” is chosen through a student contest. Some of the other options considered were: Green Raiders, Green Marlins, Buccaneers, Juggernauts and Green Dragons.

January, 1947: JJC beats Army-Navy Recruiting team 22-16 in first basketball game in the City Recreation League.

May 27, 1949: Green Key Society founded.

1950s

October 2, 1950: Classes begin on Arlington campus in first permanent building (Founders).

December 7, 1950: JJC earns full accreditation from the Southern Associations of Colleges and Secondary Learning.

November 23-24, 1951: First Homecoming banquet is held at the George Washington Hotel, with Congressman Charles E. Bennett as the speaker.

1953: Swisher Gymnasium is built.

March 31, 1953: The board authorizes the first fraternity, Kappa Tau Kappa. Soon after, the first sorority, Beta Chi Alpha, arrives on campus.

April, 1956: Nelms Science building and Swisher Auditorium are dedicated within a week of each other.

April 29, 1956: Franklyn A. Johnson is named president-elect of JJC. He develops school into a fully accredited senior college in five years. He serves until 1963.

February 27, 1958: Board approves merger of Jacksonville College of Music with Jacksonville University.

June 6, 1959: The first 4-year class of 100 graduates.

1960s

1961: College of Fine Arts established.

December 7, 1961: JU receives full accreditation as four-year institution.

December 11, 1961: Ground is broken for the first dorms.

January 8, 1962: Wayne Corbin appointed first Dean of Men.

March 11, 1963: Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson arrives on campus by helicopter and addresses students in Swisher Gym.

May 9, 1963: JU becomes integrated by trustee vote.

1964: Master of Arts in Teaching program added.

May 1967: College of Arts and Sciences established.

November 9, 1967: Dionne Warwick performs in Swisher gym.

Homecoming, 1969: JU welcomed Neil Diamond to the stage to play in front of students, alumni and faculty.

1970s

March 21, 1970: Led by Artis Gilmore ’71, Men’s basketball advances to 1970 NCAA Championship game.

September 21, 1971: NROTC established.

1972: Florida First National Bank donates GE-225 Computer (originally worth $385,000) to be used by admissions and registrar in converted classroom.

April 6, 1972: Bob Hope and Jack Benny receive honorary doctorates.

December, 1972: John Denver performs for students during the festivities.

March 7, 1974: Duke Ellington performs in concert with special composition he wrote for the event.

March, 1975: Billy Joel plays in a packed Swisher Gym.

August, 1975: The Rathskeller opens.

September 7, 1979: K.C. and the Sunshine Band record a live performance in Swisher Gym for an album.

1979: College of Business established.

1980s

1980: Students go to “The Rat” for happy hour.

April 9, 1980: Dr. Frances B. Kinne became the seventh president of Jacksonville University. She was also the first woman president in the state of Florida and the second in the nation.

1981: New majors introduced: dance, photography and communications.

Basketball: over 2 years 39-20 record with 2 Gator Bowl titles, 1 Sunbelt, 1 NCAA and NIT Tournament

Homecoming, 1981: Bruce Springsteen brought more than 10,000 fans to the coliseum and the Doobie Brothers also performed for students as part of the celebration.

1982: Volleyball sets JU record, placing 3rd in AIAW Reg. III Tournament.

June 24, 1982: W. Ashley Verlander is named Chairman of Board of Trustees.

1983: The Division of Aeronautics is created.

March 9, 1983: The New York Yankees played the JU Dolphins at Wolfson Park in an exhibition game to raise funds to install lights at JU baseball field. 11,119 fans turn out.

April 12, 1983: Golden Anniversary Celebration begins with appearance by former President Gerald Ford.

September 9, 1983: Artis Gilmore Day is celebrated. Gilmore receives an honorary doctorate

December 7, 1983: Columnist Ann Landers declares JU one of the top four colleges in the nation.

December, 1983: Davis gift of $3.5 million given to the University.

November 18, 1984: Charlton Heston and Ann Landers visit JU and receive honorary doctorates.

1990s

September 5, 1990: University Center dedicated to Dr. Frances B. Kinne by Winston Churchill III.

April 19, 1991: Groundbreakings for Reid Science Building and Terry Concert Hall .

September 19, 1992: Former JU Student Leanza Cornett wins the title of Miss America.

January 3, 1993: The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart performs in Snickers Lounge at JU comedy night.

1996: Aeronautics develops one-of-a-kind training partnership with Delta Connection Academy.

1997: New $1.5 million Café opens in the Kinne Center. Visual arts annex is opened with ceramic room, painting room and glass blowing studio. JU apartments are built.

September 12, 1998: JU football’s first game is a 19-14 win against Davidson, more than 5,000 fans show up to cheer.

2000s

2001: Renovations are made to Council Building and Kinne Center.

July 1, 2004: Kerry Romesburg became the eleventh University President.

2007: Nursing expands to include Family and Emergency Nurse Practitioner sub-specialization, first in Florida, sixth in country. Oak Hall, newest modern living quarters, opens to students.

October 13, 2007: Negaard Rowing Center opens.

2008-09: Football, basketball, baseball, soccer, track and crew all win their conference championships.

2009: Men’s and Women’s Lacrosse added for 2009-10 season.

February 27, 2009: JU breaks ground on $10 million 30,000 square-foot Marine Science Research Institute on the river bank.

May 2, 2009: JU graduates more than 600 new alumni.

October 2009: JU kicks-off the 75th anniversary celebration.