Albion State Normal School

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Albion Normal School Campus
Miller Hall Albion Idaho.jpeg
Miller Hall, a contributing property in the district
Albion State Normal School is located in Idaho
Albion State Normal School
Albion State Normal School is located in the US
Albion State Normal School
Location Albion, Idaho
Coordinates 42°24′48″N 113°35′2″W / 42.41333°N 113.58389°W / 42.41333; -113.58389Coordinates: 42°24′48″N 113°35′2″W / 42.41333°N 113.58389°W / 42.41333; -113.58389
Built 1894
Architect Multiple
Architectural style Colonial Revival,
Late Victorian, Other
NRHP Reference # 80001298 [1]
Added to NRHP November 28, 1980
Swanger Hall
Swanger Hall Albion Idaho.jpeg
Location Albion State Normal School campus, Albion, Idaho
Coordinates 42°24′48″N 113°35′03″W / 42.4133°N 113.5841°W / 42.4133; -113.5841
Area less than one acre
Built 1893
NRHP Reference # 78001058[1]
Added to NRHP September 20, 1978

Albion State Normal School was a public institution of higher learning in Albion, Idaho. It was established by the Idaho Legislature in 1893, as one of two Normal schools in the state. (The other, in Lewiston, is now Lewis-Clark State College.) Citizens of Albion had actively lobbied for the school's establishment, and donated land and labor for the new campus.

The school remained a small institution throughout its history, focusing on the training of teachers and drawing its student body primarily from south-central Idaho. Albion Normal offered a two-year teacher training program until 1947, when it was renamed "Southern Idaho College of Education" (SICE) and authorized to confer baccalaureate degrees. The school remained troubled by low enrollment and a lack of funding, however, and was finally closed by the state in 1951, as was Lewiston's NICE. The academic programs at Albion were transferred to Idaho State College (now Idaho State University) in Pocatello.[2]

Swanger Hall[edit]

Swanger Hall, on the campus of Albion State Normal School in Albion, Idaho, was built in 1893. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978.[1][3]

Degrees[edit]

During its existence, Albion Normal awarded some 6,460 degrees. Perhaps its most notable alumnus was Terrel Bell (1921–96), the Secretary of Education (1981–84) in President Reagan's original Cabinet.

The college's athletic teams were known as the "Teachers" until 1935, when they became the "Panthers." School colors were Cardinal and Black, and the annual student yearbook was called The Sage.

After SICE closed in 1951, the campus remained vacant until 1957, when Magic Valley Christian College opened at the site. Magic Valley Christian, in turn, closed in 1969. The campus was deeded to the city of Albion the following year, which continued to maintain the grounds while alternative uses for the property were explored. Finally, the empty and deteriorating property was sold at public auction on June 2, 2007; The Mortensen Family were successful with a bid of $810,000. The new owners have begun rehabilitating a portion of the campus to serve as a conference and retreat center, called "Campus Grove at Albion."[4]

The campus was added to the National Register of Historic Places in November 1980. Its elevation is 4,750 feet (1,450 m) above sea level.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ "College closure today marks end of historic era". Lewiston Morning Tribune. August 10, 1951. p. 10. 
  3. ^ "National Register of Historic Places Inventory/Nomination: Swanger Hall" (PDF). National Park Service.  and accompanying photos
  4. ^ "Campus Grove at Albion". Archived from the original on 9 July 2008. Retrieved 2008-06-28. 

External links[edit]

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