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Kingsville in Kleberg County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Texas A&M University-Kingsville Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brian Anderson, February 20, 2022
1. Texas A&M University-Kingsville Marker
Inscription.  As the state sought to expand its normal college system to train teachers, local Kingsville citizens, such as J.N. Bigbee, Maria Toner, Charles Flato, Claude Pollard, R.J Kleberg, and Caesar Kleberg, demonstrated the town’s suitability for just such a program. On July 14, 1917, the State Normal School Board of Regents voted to establish a normal college in Kingsville. Due to U.S. entry into World War I, the college did not open until June 8, 1925.

Robert Bartow Cousins served as the college’s first president from 1924 to 1932, during which time the school chose the Javelina as its mascot and blue and gold as its colors. The president’s home and Manning Hall were the first buildings completed, designed in the mission revival style to reflect south Texas’ heritage and establish a cohesive vision for the overall campus. In 1929, the school became known as Texas College of Arts and Industries as it added technical training, most notably in agriculture, engineering, and industry. In 1951, Richard M. Kleberg, benefactor and representative of the King Ranch, donated 500 acres to build a new college farm, and the campus continued to grow.

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a national championship team and Coach Gil Steinke, the school was the first in the Lone Star Conference to integrate its football team, and the campus was also a center for activism in the Chicano movement. In 1967, the school changed its name to Texas A&I University and decades later joined the Texas A&M System in 1989. Its name changed to Texas A&M University-Kingsville in 1993. Today, the school is known for its academic programs, especially in agriculture, engineering, education, and music, as well as its strong Javelina spirit.
Erected 2013 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 17612.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Education. A significant historical date for this entry is June 8, 1925.
Location. 27° 31.482′ N, 97° 52.941′ W. Marker is in Kingsville, Texas, in Kleberg County. Marker is on University Boulevard, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 955 University Boulevard, Kingsville TX 78363, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Camp Kingsville, U.S.A. (approx. 0.8 miles away); Kleberg County (approx. 0.8 miles away); Mexican Activities at Santa Gertrudis in the 1830's (approx. 0.8 miles away); Robert J. Kleberg Public Library (approx. 0.8 miles away); Henrietta M. King High School
Texas A&M University-Kingsville Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brian Anderson, February 20, 2022
2. Texas A&M University-Kingsville Marker
(approx. 0.8 miles away); First Presbyterian Church of Kingsville (approx. 0.9 miles away); 9/11 Memorial (approx. 0.9 miles away); First Baptist Church of Kingsville (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kingsville.
Also see . . .  Texas A&M University-Kingsville - The Handbook of Texas Online. Texas State Historical Association (TSHA) (Submitted on February 23, 2022, by Brian Anderson of Humble, Texas.) 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 23, 2022. It was originally submitted on February 23, 2022, by Brian Anderson of Humble, Texas. This page has been viewed 342 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on February 23, 2022, by Brian Anderson of Humble, Texas.

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