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Passed on February 10, 1923, Senate Bill No. 103 is commonly referred to as the school charter. Lubbock, Texas, was officially selected as the site of a new college on August 8, 1923 by the Locating Board. In the fall of 1925, Texas Technological College opened. Then, from 1959-1969, debates grew over renaming the college, and on Sept. 1, 1969, the Board of Directors officially change the name to Texas Tech University.

Below are historical tidbits and information on the establishment and growth of Texas Tech University.

Texas Tech Timeline, 1923-present

Founding of Texas Technological College:
Establishment of Texas Tech, the Board of Regents, Early TTU Footage, Texas Tech Songs and Traditions, Historical Publications on Texas Tech, and Published Departmental Histories.

Academic Firsts and Milestones:
Enrollment Information, Texas Tech Firsts and Milestones, and a Chronology of TTU Departments and Degrees.

Other Texas Tech History Resources:
Campus Maps and Structures, a Guide to Women's Resources in the University Archives, Horn Professors, a Timeline of Minorities at Texas Tech, and Who's Who in TTU Administration

Digital Collections From the University Archives
Digitized Photographs From the University Archives

Establishment of TTU

Texas Senate Bill [often referred to as the "School Charter"]
Senate Bill No. 103 provided for the establishment of a “State college west of the 98th meridian and north of the 29th parallel,” thereby setting the ground work for the creation of Texas Technological College. Among the purposes of the college was to provide a “co-educational college giving thorough instruction in technology and textile engineering from which a student may reach the highest degree of education.”

See also Alumni, Former Staff and Faculty Interviews for more on Texas Tech history


Board of Regents

The TTU Board of Regents, formerly known as the Board of Directors, oversees the university's growth, governance and maintenance. It is composed of nine members chosen by the governor.

The Board of Directors/Board of Regents Meeting Minutes and the Indexes to the Minutes (1923-2000) have been digitized and are available for viewing online.

The meeting minutes from 1999-present are available on the TTU Reports website. Although the meeting minutes for years previous to 1999 are currently not online on this site, an index of attachments to these meetings is available. It is arranged chronologically.


Early TTU Footage

Tech promo film narrated by Tech graduate Clint Formby, 1947 (links to YouTube; 5:08 minutes long). The December 4, 1948 issue of The Toreador has an article on the front page about a Tech movie called "Futures Unlimited" in which Clint Formby serves as a narrator. This film on YouTube must be the same one as the $5000 one described in the Toreador article, which was financed by the Tech Chamber of Commerce and the Student Council. At the 0:54 mark Formby states "born only in 1925, Tech has already left its babyhood and is in its years of adolescence. Before it are growth and progress, and before it lies its maturity... it's unlimited future."


Texas Tech Songs and Traditions

Songs associated with Texas Tech:
  • 1925 - "O, College Mother, Beautiful" (College Hymn) by Dr. Paul Whitfield Horn, 1st President of Texas Tech
  • 1926 - "Tech Spirit Songs"
  • 1927 - "Texas Tech" by W. R. Waghorne
  • 1930 - "The Matador Song" by R. C. Marshall, music by Harry Lemaire
  • 1937 - "Fight Raiders Fight" by Carroll McMath, music from Three Days Fantasia-Overture by Adolph Lotter
  • 1944 - "Fight on for Texas Tech" and "Texas Tech Has Got to Win" by Thornton Allen
  • 1942 - "Red Raiders" by Fred Waring; the song was recorded by the Tech Band and chorus in 1950

The 1926 Texas Technological College Song Book included the following songs:

"O, College Mother, Beautiful" (College Hymn), "Glory to Alma Mater", "The Tech of Texas State", "Anvil Chorus", "The Soldier's Chorus", "Hail! Hail! The Tech's All Here!", "Matador Song", "Good Morning", "Our Girls", "My Bonnie", "Good Night", "Farmer Leidigh Had a Farm", "Spanish Cavalier", "Funicule, Funicula", "Bingo", "Jingle Bells", "Texas!" by W. R. Waghorne, 1924, "Star Spangled Banner", "Columbia, The Gem of the Ocean", "America", "Battle Hymn of the Republic", and "Onward, Christian Soldiers."

The 1940 Texas Tech Song Book included the following songs:

"O, College Mother, Beautiful" (College Hymn), "Matador Song", "Fight on For Texas Tech!", "Texas Tech Has Got to Win", "Let's Go Texas Tech", and "Fight, Raiders, Fight."


Texas Tech Traditions:

History of the "Guns Up" Tradition at Texas Tech was written by L. Glenn Dippel in 1998 -- see U 23.6 Sports Information collection. Dippel is credited with coming up with the hand sign.

The first Monday in May of each year is officially "Texas Tech Day" [Board of Directors' Policy Statements, August 22, 1964]

Other Texas Tech traditions can be found the university's A History of Texas Tech webpage. Another tradition at Tech is class gifts by the graduating senior class. Here are some of these gifts:

  • 1943 - funds were later used to help purchase a scoreboard for the athletic field (BOR 8/14/48)
  • 1948 - bronze name plates for campus buildings (BOD 7/7/48)


Publications on Texas Tech History (available online):


Departmental Histories available online:

Several departmental biographies and historical overviews have been written by Texas Tech faculty and staff, including:


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