Arlington History

Schools

H. Tarpley Superintendent

1902 - 1913

J.N. Johnston Superintendent

1903 - 1905

Aug. 27, 1903, Arlington Journal lists Johnston as principal. May 25, 1905, Arlington Journal lists him as superintendent.

First South Side School

1904 - 1933

Burned in 1933

611 students in district

1906

First North Side School

1907 - 1909

Burns 1909

714 students in district

1909

John A. Kooken as Superintendent

1913 - 1938

First Arlington High School

1922 - 1956

Cooper Street location

Second South Side

1936 - 1973

Kooken Elementary opens

1938

Ben Everitt Superintendent

1938 - 1941

W.R. Wimbish Superintendent

1941 - 1955

First Little Arlie presented to AHS by Tom Vandergriff

1950

AHS wins State Football Championship

Dec. 1951

Won 2A state title over Waco La Vega.

Speer Elem. opens

1952

James W. Martin Superintendent

1955 - 1976

Berry Elem. opens

1955

Second Arlington High School opens

1956

Blanton Elem. opens

1956

Thornton Elem. opens

1956

South Davis Elem. opens

1956

Carter Jr. High opens

1958

Crow Elem. opens

1959

Rankin Elem. opens

1959

Nichols Jr. High opens

1960

Roark Elem. opens

1961

Ferguson Jr. High opens

1962

Hutcheson Jr. High opens

1963

Sam Houston High opens

1970

Lamar High opens

1970

Dunn Elementary opens

October 1973

James A. Covert Superintendent

1976 - 1979

James Woodrow Counts Superintendent

1979 - 1985

Martin High opens

1982

Donald L. Wright Superintendent

1985 - 1988

Rick Berry Superintendent

1988 - 1992

Lynn Hale Superintendent

1993 - 1998

Mac Bernd Superintendent

1998 - 2007

Hector Montenegro Superintendent

Feb. 1, 2008 - July 2008

Jerry McCullough Superintendent

2009 - 2012

Interim from July 2008 to Jan. 2009

Dr. Marcelo Cavazos Superintendent

2012

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University

Lee M. Hammond

1895

Arlington College founder.

Arlington College

1895 - 1902

Edward E. Rankin

1895

Arlington College founder.

William M. Trimble

1895

Arlington College founder.

Carlisle Military Academy

1902 - 1913

Col. James M. Carlisle

1902

Carlisle Military Academy founder.

Arlington Training School

1913 - 1916

H.K. Taylor

1913

Arlington Training School founder.

Arlington Military Academy

1916 - 1917

John B. Dodson

1916

Arlington Military Academy founder.

Grubbs Vocational College

1917 - 1923

Grubbworms mascot

1917 - 1921

Myron L. Williams

1917 - 1925

Dean of Grubbs Vocational College.

School is part of Texas A&M System.

1917 - 1965

Enrollment 66

Sept. 1917

Enrollment 192

1918 - 1919

Enrollment 444

1919 - 1920

Ransom Hall opens

1919

Enrollment 511

1920 - 1921

Hornets mascot

1921 - Approx. 1923

Enrollment 680

1921 - 1922

Enrollment 808

1922 - 1923

North Texas Agricultural College

1923 - 1949

Junior Aggies mascot

1923 - 1949

Edward Everett Davis

1925 - 1946

Dean, North Texas Agricultural College.

College Hall completed

1926

Preston Hall opens

1928

Originally named Science Hall. Named Preston Hall in 1950 for history professor Joe B. Preston.

Brazos Residence Hall

1936

Enrollment 1,220

Aug. 1938

Enrollment 1,615

Sept. 1940

Enrollment 1,504

Sept. 1941

Dr. E.H. Hereford

1946 - 1948

Acting Dean, North Texas Agricultural College.

Dr. E. H. Hereford

1948 - 1958

First president, North Texas Agricultural College. Died in office.

Arlington State College

1949 - 1967

Blue Riders mascot

1949 - 1951

Enrollment 1,790

Sept. 1949

Science Hall opens

Approx. 1950

This is a newer building than the Science Hall that was renamed Preston Hall in 1950.

Rebels mascot

1951 - 1971

Student Union Building constructed

1952

Renamed in 1959 to be the E.H. Hereford University Center, the original building has been expanded many times.

Enrollment 1,322

Sept. 1952

Enrollment 2,182

Sept. 1954

Enrollment 2,256

Feb. 1955

ASC wins Jr. Rose Bowl

12/06/1956

The ASC Rebels beat Compton College at the Jr. Rose Bowl with a score of 20-13.

ASC Rebels win second Jr. Rose Bowl title

12/07/1957

ASC beat Cerritos Jr. College 21-12. The Rebels had an undefeated record in 1957.

Dr. Jack Royce Woolf

1958 - 1968

Named acting president in 1958. Became president in June 1959.

Enrollment 5,179

Sept. 1958

School of Arts and Sciences

1959 - 1965

School of Engineering

1959

ASC becomes 4-year university

April 27, 1959

Enrollment 6,528

Sept. 1959

Engineering Building opens

1960

Renamed Woolf Hall

Three students denied admission because of race.

1962

Ernest Hooper, Jerry Hanes and Leaston Chase III are denied admission to ASC because of their race.

ASC becomes the first fully-integrated university in the Texas A&M system.

1962

ASC joins the Southern Conference and allows black players for the first time.

1963

Two-story Central Library opens

May 1964

Enrollment 11,521

Sept. 1964

School of Business established

1965

Originally part of the School of Arts and Sciences.

School of Science established

1965

Originally part of the School of Arts and Sciences.

School of Liberal Arts established

1965

Originally part of the School of Arts and Sciences.

Texas Hall opens

1965

Originally called Arlington State College Multipurpose Auditorium. Renamed Texas Hall in 1968.

Mainstage Theater opened

1965

Originally called Little Theater.

Joins the UT System

04/23/1965

Maxwell Scarlett is first African American graduate from ASC.

1966

Graduate School established

1966

University of Texas at Arlington

1967

School of Social Work established

1967

Six-story Central Library opens

1967

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Enrollment 11,873

Sept. 1967

UTA acquires Social Work Building

1968

The building opened in 1922 as Arlington's first high school. It became Ousley Jr. High in 1956 when a new high school was constructed on Park Row. In 1968, AISD sold the building to UTA.

Dr. Frank Harrison

1968 - 1972

President, Arlington State College. Acting president from Sept. 1, 1968, to June 20, 1969.

Trimble Hall opens

1968

Hammond Hall opened

1968

Enrollment 12,556

Sept. 1968

Reby Cary is first African American administrator at UTA.

1969

Carlisle Hall completed

1969

Rebel theme controversy leads to altercation outside of UC

10/17/1969

Life Science Building formally opened

1970

University Hall built

1970

Davis Hall built

1971

EE Davis Hall opened

1971

UT System Board of Regents abolishes Rebel theme

01/29/1971

Students vote for Mavericks as new theme

May 1971

Dr. Wendell Nedderman

1972 - 1992

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School of Nursing established

1972

Renamed College of Nursing.

School of Architecture established

1972

Center for Professional Teacher Education established

1972

Renamed College of Education and Health Professions.

Mavericks mascot

1972 - Present

Fine Arts Building construction begins

1972

Enrollment 14,028

Sept. 1972

Clay Gould Ballpark opens

1974

The facility opened in 1974 and underwent renovations in 1999 and 2003, when it was renamed.

Special Collections division of the library opens

March 1974

Special Collections was launched by the generous donation of Texana by Jenkins and Virginia Garrett. Former President Wendell Nedderman said the gift was the greatest in the university's history.

Fine Arts complex opens

1975

Enrollment 15,454

1976

Allan Saxe Field built

1976

Renovated in 1993 and renamed in 2003.

College of Business Administration building dedicated

01/26/1978

Renovated 1998

Enrollment 18,304

Sept. 1978

Science Hall Renovated

1980

Wanda Holiday and Rodney Lewis elected homecoming king and queen

November 1980

First homecoming king ever, first African American queen. Lewis is African American too.

Pickard Hall built

1982

Renamed current name in 1995.

Architecture and Fine Arts Library opened.

Sept. 1982

This was the first branch library for UT Arlington. It was originally located on the second floor of the Fine Arts building.

J.D. Wetsel Services Center built

1983

Architecture building construction begins

1984

Football is eliminated from UTA

11/25/1985

Engineering II building dedicated

October 8, 1988

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Science and Technology Library opens

January 1989

Originally called the Science and Technology Library located in basement of Engineering II Building. Now called Science and Engineering Library (SEL) in basement of Nedderman Hall.

School of Urban and Public Affairs established

1990

Engineering II renamed Nedderman Hall

1991

Enrollment 25,135

Sept. 1991

Ryan Amacher

1992 - 1995

UTA President.

Enrollment 24,727

Sept. 1992

Enrollment 23,280

Sept. 1994

C.R. Gilstrap Athletic Center built

1995

Robert E. Witt

1995 - 2003

Interim UTA president from 1995 to 1996.

W.A. Baker Chemistry Research Building opens

1996

Engineering building renamed Woolf Hall

1997

Enrollment 19,268

Sept. 1997

Honors College established

1999

Arlington Residence Hall opens

2000

Enrollment 20,424

Sept. 2000

Dr. Charles Sorber

2003 - 2004

Interim UTA president.

University Libraries established

2004

Founding coincident with the appointment of the first dean.

Kalpana Chawla Residence Hall opens

2004

James Spaniolo

2004 - 2013

UTA President.

Chemistry & Physics, Planetarium opens

2006

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International flags removed from Nedderman Hall

May 2006

Students vote to name Maverick horse "Blaze."

2007

Maverick Activities Center opens

Sept. 18, 2007

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Enrollment 25,084

Sept. 2008

Enrollment 28,085

Sept. 2009

University College established

2010

Founding coincident with the appointment of the first dean.

Enrollment 32,975

Sept. 2010

Engineering Research Building opens

Jan. 2011

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Enrollment 33,439

Sept. 2011

College Park opens

Feb. 2012

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Vandergriff residence hall opens

Aug. 2012

Enrollment 33,239

Sept. 2012

Vistasp Karbhari

2013 - Present

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Entertainment

Committee formed to discuss minor league baseball in DFW

1958

A committee is formed to study the feasibility of attracting minor league baseball to the DFW Metroplex. The committee is chaired by Tom Vandergriff.

Six Flags opens

08/05/1961

Construction on Turnpike Stadium begins

1964

Construction begins on the 10,000-seat Turnpike Stadium in Arlington. It was home to the Dallas/Fort Worth Spurs.

Turnpike Stadium is renamed Arlington Stadium

1971

Arlington is awarded the franchise for major league baseball.
Turnpike Stadium is renamed Arlington Stadium and the seating capacity is expanded to 35,000.

Arlington Stadium becomes home to Texas Rangers

1972

Arlington Stadium becomes home to the Texas Rangers, formerly the major-league Washington Senators. The Texas Rangers compiled a club record total of 59 sell outs at Arlington Stadium.

Texas Rangers play first game in Arlington

April 22, 1972

Plans announced to build a new stadium

1991

The Texas Rangers and City of Arlington announce plans to build a new stadium complex adjacent to Arlington Stadium.

Arlington Stadium is demolished

1994

Arlington Stadium is demolished.

Ballpark in Arlington opens

1994

The Ballpark in Arlington opens. The first game is an exhibition contest between the Rangers and the New York Mets on April 1, 1994.

Texas Rangers sold to Chuck Greenberg and and Nolan Ryan

2010

Baseball owners approve the sale of the Texas Rangers to a group led by Chuck Greenberg and Hall of Fame pitcher Nolan Ryan.

Texas Rangers win first play-off series

2010

Texas Rangers win their first ever play-off series with a victory over the Tampa Bay Rays in Game 5 of the American League Divisional Series.

Rangers advance to the American League Championship Series

2010

Texas Rangers advance to the American League Championship Series for the first time in franchise history and face the New York Yankees.

Rangers advance to first ever World Series

2010

With a win over the New York Yankees, the Texas Rangers advance to their first ever World Series.

Arlington Population

664

1890

1,079

1900

1,794

1910

3,031

1920

3,661

1930

4,240

1940

7,692

1950

19,000

1953

35,000

1955

44,326

1960

83,000

1968

100,207

1969

89,723

1970

160,123

1980

200,000

1984

263,402

1990

334,792

2000

367,021

2010

State, National, and World Events

World War I starts in Europe

July 28, 1914 - Nov. 11, 1918

U.S. entry into World War I

April 6, 1917

World War II starts in Europe

Sept. 1, 1939 - Sept. 2, 1945

Bombing of Pearl Harbor

Dec. 7, 1941

Brown v. Board of Education

05/17/1954

Supreme Court rules that "separate but equal" is unconstitutional.

President Johnson signs the Civil Rights Act

07/02/1964

Arlington Events

Johnson Station founded

1846

Founded by Middleton Tate Johnson

Railroad comes to Arlington

1876

First mineral well completed

1893

Arlington get its first telephone exchange

June 1901

Interurban begins running between Dallas and Fort Worth

July 1, 1902 - Dec. 24, 1934

Arlington Downs Racetrack

Nov. 1, 1929 - 1958

Mineral well paved over

1951

First shipment of supplies sent to Konigshofen, Bavaria.

1952

This sign of friendship started a relationship between the two cities that is still going strong.

GM Plant opens

1954

Bible Baptist Seminary purchases the Top O' Hill property

1956

The Dallas-Fort Worth Turnpike opens

1957

Lake Arlington opens

1957

Arlington Memorial Hospital opens

1957

Mayors

E. E. Rankin

3/10/1885 - 4/10/1885

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M.J. Brinson

12/10/1889 - 7/14/1891

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Nicholas Kenny Grove

5/10/1892 - 9/12/1893

Born in 1822, N.K. Grove and his family came to Texas in 1852 and moved to Arlington in 1883.

Mr. Grove conducted a general store with Colonel Thomas Spruance. They also operated an undertaking business.

In 1892 Mr. Grove served as Mayor of Arlington for one term. The old Grove homestead was located on East Main near where later the Mayfield Lumber yard was located.

At the time of his death, he was survived by two children, Mrs. Ella Elizabeth Grove Finley, who later married John Calvin Roy, and William Lockhart Grove. http://www.arlington-tx.gov/history/hall-mayors/nicholas-kenny-grove/

W.O. "Mose" Bledsoe

1897

Died 1901.

Carver D. King

1/10/1899 - 3/8/1900

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W.C. Weeks

3/8/1900 - 4/10/1902

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T.B. Collins

4/10/1902 - 4/14/1904

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T.G. Bailey

4/14/1904 - 4/12/1906

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W.C. Weeks

4/12/1906 - 2/11/1909

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James P. Fielder

2/11/1909 - 4/8/1909

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Dr. William Harold Davis

4/8/1909 - 4/10/1910

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Alton C. Barnes

4/10/1910 - 4/11/1912

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Dr. Rufus H. Greer

4/11/1912 - 4/11/1914

Birth: April 1, 1874
Death: April 25, 1934
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Preston F. McKee

4/11/1914 - 4/9/1915

died 1918 from flu.

Dr. Rufus H. Greer

4/9/1915 - 10/1/1919

Birth: April 1, 1874
Death: April 25, 1934
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William H. Rose

10/1/1919 - 5/16/1923

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William G. Hiett

5/19/1923 - 4/7/1925

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Hugh M. Moore

4/7/1925 - 5/3/1926

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Elmer L. Taylor

5/3/1926 - 4/19/1927

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William G. Hiett

4/19/1927 - 4/21/1931

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John H. Pilant

4/21/1931 - 4/4/1933

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W. L. Barrett

4/4/1933 - 4/2/1935

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Wylie F. Altman

4/2/1935 - 4/1/1947

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B.C. Barnes

4/1/1937 - 4/3/1951

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T.J. Vandergriff

4/3/1951 - 1/11/1977

Received $10/month salary as mayor from 1951 to at least 1970. Probably his whole term. As per 12-06-1970 DMN article. Gave credit to his father who ran Vandergriff Chevy business and allowed Tom to work full time as mayor.
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S.J. Stovall

1/18/1977 - 4/2/1983

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Harold Patterson

4/12/1983 - 4/4/1987

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Richard Greene

4/4/1987 - 5/6/1997

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Elzie Odom

5/6/1997 - 5/3/2003

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Dr. Robert Cluck

5/3/2003 - Present

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Tom Vandergriff dies

Dec. 30, 2010