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Hill College is a comprehensive community college located in Hillsboro, Cleburne, Burleson, Glen Rose and Meridian, Texas. Hill College opened its doors in 1923, one year before North Central Texas College, which is the oldest continuously-operating community college in Texas because Hill College was closed during the 1950s.
The authorization to establish Hill College was issued in 1921 by the Attorney General of the State of Texas under the name of Hillsboro Junior College. The college first enrolled students in September of 1923. At that time there were only two public junior colleges in the state, and Hillsboro Junior College became the first municipal junior college to be chartered in Texas.
Hillsboro Junior College operated continuously until July of 1950 when it closed after an attempt to establish a county-wide college system failed. The college lay dormant for eleven years during which time the charter was protected from forfeiture through the efforts of the late Senator Crawford Martin of Hillsboro.
On March 3, 1962, through the efforts of the media, local civic groups, and many others, a bond issue was passed for the purpose of building a new campus. The college opened for business in September of 1962 under a new name, Hill Junior College. The new college district was expanded by the voluntary annexation of five Hill County school districts other than the original Hillsboro school district. The district now included Hillsboro, Abbott, Bynum, Covington, Itasca, and Whitney.
In 1974, the college opened an extension center in Cleburne, Texas, located in Johnson County. The Johnson County Campus now includes six buildings on 32 acres of land and has more than 1,000 students enrolled in both day and night classes. In 1997 and 1998, the citizens of Alvarado, Cleburne, Godley, Grandview, Joshua, Keene, Rio Vista, and Venus approved a local maintenance and operation tax for the purpose of supporting the campus of Hill College in Johnson County.
The college dropped “junior” from its name in 1985 and became Hill College.
The Texas Heritage Museum
The Texas Heritage Museum has three divisions: Galleries & Collection, the Historical Research Center, and the Hill College Press.
The Texas Heritage Museum Galleries & Collection: The historical artifacts within the museum galleries and collections serve as tangible evidence of historical events while the accompanying text provides context to Texas history. Considerable thought and research goes into the galleries before they are displayed, and exhibits will continue to change to present fresh topics and perspectives. Whether in conjunction with classes or standing alone, students and visitors are able to learn Texas history from touring the facilities. The Texas Heritage Museum currently has six major exhibits: a Civil war gallery entitled “The Blue and Gray Gallery”; a WWII gallery entitled “Texas at War 1939-1945”; “The Vietnam War and Texans’ Involvement”; “The Medal of Honor Memorial to Native-Born Texans”; The Texas Revolution entitled “Revolution & Republic”; and a sixth gallery on weapons from other wars that affect Texas. The museum houses over 16,000 artifacts from the 1830s to the present. The museum averages around 3,000 – 4,000 visitors a year and provides a hands on experience to visitors and students on Texas military history.
In 2009, the 81st Legislature of the State of Texas designated the Texas Medal of Honor Memorial at the Texas Heritage Museum as the official State Memorial to Texas-Born Medal of Honor Recipients. This memorial is to honor 56 native born Texans who received the Medal of Honor. The memorial was designed to enhance the Texas Heritage Museum’s mission statement, “To explore Texas and Texans during wartime and how those experiences affect us today.” The Memorial’s center features two WWII Texas Medal of Honor recipients: Audie Murphy, the most decorated soldier, and Samuel Dealey, the most decorated sailor. The memorial will enhance the Texas Heritage Museum’s Medal of Honor collections. The museum has an extensive collection of Audie Murphy’s personal artifacts from WWII along with James Harris’ Medal of Honor from WWII. The memorial will also compliment an extensive archival collection of photographs and documents of other Texan Medal of Honor recipients in the Historical Research Center.
The Historical Research Center: The HRC has grown in the last 45 years to over 10,000 volumes and is one of the largest collections of books on the Civil War west of the Mississippi River. Included in the HRC is an extensive collection of maps, photographic collections, microfilm, and an archival depository that contains numerous files of soldiers’ letters, diaries, and unpublished manuscripts from all wars. Also featured in the HRC are original art, art prints, and sculptures depicting the War Between the States, and personal items belonging to Hill College graduate Bob Bullock during his term as Lieutenant Governor of Texas.
Hill College Press: The Hill College Press, established in 1964, publishes works of original and interpretative history that complement both the mission of the THM and the geographical setting of Central and North Texas. To date, the press has published thirty-nine full length books and six monographs. The press publishes at least one book per year on one of the following subjects: Texas and Texans in conflict and war; social, multicultural, and historical subjects of importance to North and Central Texas; biographies of prominent Texans; and anthologies and documentary collections from the Historical Research Center. It also provides support with exhibits and programming development through tracts or pamphlets.
Hill College offers the Associate in Arts Degree, the Associate in Arts in Teaching, the Associate in Applied Science Degree, Certificate of Technology, Certificate of Completion, and Marketable Skills Achievement Award.
- Crawford Martin, Texas politician
- Tim Tadlock, head coach of the Texas Tech Red Raiders baseball team
- Bob Bullock, 38th Lieutenant Governor of Texas
- Robbie Weinhardt, Major League Baseball relief pitcher
- Brian Tallet, professional baseball player
- Ruben Armiñana, political scientist and president of Sonoma State University
- Dana Eveland, professional baseball player
Hill College gallery
The Governor Bill Daniel Student Center at Hill College is named, not for a governor of Texas; that was his brother, Price Daniel, but for Bill Daniel, a Democratic member of the Texas House of Representatives who served from 1961 to 1963 as the governor of Guam, under appointment from U.S. President John F. Kennedy.
Hill College participates in the North Texas Junior College Athletic Conference (NTJCAC), which is a member of the NJCAA Region V. Our Rodeo team participates as a member of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA). Our teams face some of the strongest competition in the country at a conference and regional level. Hill College's athletic mission is to provide support and guidance for our student-athletes to reach their greatest potential, both in the classroom and the playing field.
Hill College participates in Baseball, Men's and Women's Basketball, Men's and Women's Soccer, Softball, Volleyball and Rodeo.
The Rodeo program has eight national titles (seven in bull riding, one in calf roping) which is tied for the most in college rodeo history (Sul Ross State University).
The Baseball program has 39 players drafted in the MLB Amateur Draft:
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