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Administration Hall (now Stephens Hall), Newell Hall, and the Power Plant were the first three original buildings built on the suburban Baltimore County campus in 1913-1915, which opened September 1915, facing York Road.
The original Lida Lee Tall building was renamed Van Bokkelen Hall in 1960, after the man and Episcopal priest, Libertus Van Bokkelen, who was authorized by the new third Maryland Constitution of 1864 and first served as Maryland State Superintendent of Public Instruction, in 1865, heading the developing, supervision and advising of public school systems for the various counties and funded the new Maryland State Normal School (M.S.N.S.).
After the school was moved to Towson in 1914-1915, Richmond became the first principal to live in the white, colonial style house "Glen Esk" (now near Prettyman Hall). This was the residence of one of the estates existing on the land facing York Road, south of old Towsontown that was secured for the school. However, in 1970, President James Fisher became the last to live in the "Glen Esk" house since the school moved to Towson. Because it was no longer suitable for a family, as students were occasionally found passed out on the lawn, it was eventually turned into the Counseling Center.
In 1971, as Earle T. Hawkins, former president of Towson State University, researched the school's history, he became especially interested in the meaning of the name of the house, "Glen Esk", now the counseling center. Hawkins published an article in The Baltimore Sun, in which he suggested he was trying to solve this mystery. In response, he received a letter from the wine and spirits importers Maynard and Child, Inc. of Scotland, who included a label from their brand of whiskey called "Glen Esk."
The Cook Library occupies space that was once a gymnasium. Prior to its opening, the current Media Center served as the Library.
George LaTour Smith, (whom Smith Hall is named after), died on his way home after getting hit by a locomotive. The administration felt that it was respectful to name the building in his honor.
William J. Burdick, considered the "father of physical education in the state" was a former faculty member and later became the director of physical education for the State Department of Education.
Mary Scarborough, also a former faculty member, served for a number of years as field secretary for the Alumni Association, and left in her will a large sum of money to develop the association.
Anita S. Dowell, a former faculty member and former Dean of the college, was largely responsible for the health instruction program of the college structured in 1953.
Dr. Donald Minnegan served over 45 years at Towson, and was the only men's physical education faculty member for many of those years. Hawkins thought it would be fitting for the future field house to be named for him.
Presidents/Principals with buildings named after them
McFadden Alexander Newell
First Principal, Maryland State Normal School (MSNS), 1866–1890
E. Barrett Prettyman (1830–1907)
Principal, MSNS, 1890–1905
George W. Ward (1867–1932)
Principal, MSNS, 1905–1909
Sarah E. Richmond (1843–1921)
Principal, MSNS, 1909–1917
Henry S. West (1870–1961)
Principal, MSNS, 1917–1920