University of South Dakota–Springfield

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University of South Dakota at Springfield
Active 1881–1984
Type State supported
Location Springfield, South Dakota, United States
42°51′34″N 97°53′57″W / 42.859577°N 97.899213°W / 42.859577; -97.899213Coordinates: 42°51′34″N 97°53′57″W / 42.859577°N 97.899213°W / 42.859577; -97.899213
Mascot The Pointer

The University of South Dakota at Springfield was a state supported university in Springfield, South Dakota that was founded in 1881 and closed in 1984. It started as Southern State Normal School, became Southern State Teachers College in 1947, Southern State College in 1964, and finally the University of South Dakota at Springfield in 1971.

The campus is now home to Mike Durfee State Prison, which is named for a star athlete and teacher at the school.

Mel Tjeerdsma, a national championship-winning football coach at Northwest Missouri State University and 2006 president of the American Football Coaches Association, was an alumnus.

The school mascot was the Pointer.

Yankton College, a private college also in South Dakota and also originally established in 1881, also closed in 1984, and its campus became the site of a federal prison.

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