Tabor College (Kansas)

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Tabor College
Lohrenz Building, 2010
Type Private
Established 1908 (1908)
Religious affiliation
Mennonite Brethren Church
Administrative staff
Students 766 (Fall 2014)
Undergraduates 735
Postgraduates 31
Location Hillsboro, Kansas, U.S.[1]
38°20′55″N 97°11′59″W / 38.348522°N 97.199768°W / 38.348522; -97.199768Coordinates: 38°20′55″N 97°11′59″W / 38.348522°N 97.199768°W / 38.348522; -97.199768
Campus Rural
Colors Blue & Gold[2]
Nickname Bluejays
Wohlgemuth Music Education Center, 2007
Natural Science Center, 2007

Tabor College is a four-year private Christian liberal arts college in Hillsboro, Kansas, United States. Tabor is currently owned and operated by the Mennonite Brethren Church and adheres to Anabaptist doctrine.[3]

There were 594 students enrolled at the Tabor College Hillsboro campus for the Fall 2014 semester. Total enrollment, including the Tabor College School of Adult and Graduate Studies in Wichita was 766.[4]


Established in 1908 by those of the Mennonite Brethren and Krimmer Mennonite Brethren faiths, Tabor’s doors were first opened with 39 students and three instructors. Before the end of that school year, enrollment skyrocketed to 104. A fire destroyed the building that housed the college for its first 10 years and supporters of the college quickly joined together and built two new buildings: a dormitory-dining hall and an administration-classroom building. These buildings – the Mary J. Regier Building and the H.W. Lohrenz Building – are still in use today.[5]

While Tabor has continued to be affiliated with the Mennonite Brethren Church, changes have been made in the organizational structure from time to time. The Tabor College Corporation was owned and operated by the college until 1934 when ownership was transferred to the Board of Trustees of the Conference of the Mennonite Brethren Church of North America. The Board of Directors is responsible to the Mennonite Brethren churches of the Central, Southern, Latin America and North Carolina districts.[5]

Tabor College also formed an extension of the main institution when Tabor College in Wichita opened offices in 1993 and the first classes began the following year. Undergraduate and graduate degrees have been offered in Wichita and online.[5]

As a college that is owned and operated by the Mennonite Brethren Church, Tabor accepts and seeks to follow the Confession of Faith of the General Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches, adopted in 1975 and subsequently revised. Mennonite Brethren doctrines are in agreement with those of most evangelical Christians.[5]

In 1961, Reimer Stadium was built on the south side of Tabor College campus and named after former athletic director Del Reimer. In 2008, the old stadium was demolished then replaced by Joel Wiens Stadium in 2009, which was a joint venture between Tabor College and Hillsboro USD 410. The new 3,000-seat stadium includes new artificial football and soccer turf, synthetic track and a throwing area for field events, new bleachers on the home side, a new press box, and new concession stand and restroom facilities. The team locker rooms and athletic offices were also constructed at the north end of the stadium at college expense.[6]


Tabor's main campus is situated in Hillsboro, Kansas, located approximately 50 miles north of Wichita, Kansas. Nearby cities include Newton and McPherson.

Organization and administration[edit]

Tabor is owned and operated by the Mennonite Brethren Church.


Tabor College teams are known as the Bluejays. The college participate in 17 sports: football, men's/women's soccer, women's volleyball, men's/women's cross country, men's/women's basketball, men's/women's swimming, baseball, softball, men's/women's tennis, men's/women's track and field and bowling. Tabor is a member of the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (KCAC) which is part of the NAIA.

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  1. ^ GNIS for Tabor College; USGS; August 17, 2011.
  2. ^ Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference Style Guide (PDF). 2016-07-06. Retrieved 2016-09-08. 
  3. ^ "History". Tabor College. Retrieved 2010-12-25. 
  4. ^ "It’s official: Tabor enrollment sets another record this fall". Hillsboro Free Press. 28 September 2010. Retrieved 2010-12-25. 
  5. ^ a b c d Tabor College History
  6. ^ Tabor College and USD 410 Break Ground for New Athletics Facility;; November 17, 2008.
  7. ^ Kansas Legislators Past & Present Archived 2010-08-01 at the Wayback Machine.
  8. ^ "Janzen to step down as coach, focus on role as Athletic Director.". 
  9. ^ "Dennis Janzen". FPU Official. Fresno Pacific University. Retrieved 15 August 2016. 
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  11. ^ Database Football[permanent dead link] NFL Players who attended Tabor College
  12. ^ Cook, Terry (1997), "What is Past is Prologue: A History of Archival Ideas Since 1898, and the Future Paradigm Shift", Archivaria, 43: 17–63, retrieved 2013-07-16 

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