1905: Boiling Springs High School is Founded
The Kings Mountain Baptist Association invites neighboring Sandy Run Baptist Association to be co-leaders of a Baptist high school in Boiling Springs, NC.
Photo Description: Cover of the Kings Mountain Baptist Association 1905 minute book.
1907: Huggins Curtis Opens
Huggins Curtis, the first academic and residence building on campus, was opened in 1907. This building remained the primary academic building on campus until the 1940's. It was named after Boiling Springs High School's first principal, J.D. Huggins, and Dean of Women, Etta Curtis.
Photo Description: Students of Boiling Springs High School gathering on the front steps of the nearly completed Huggins Curtis Building.
1909: Four Literary Societies are Founded at Boiling Springs High School
Four literary and debate societies are formed on campus. Kalliergeonean and Ramsaur for women, and Kalagathean and Athenian for men.
Photo Description: Members of Boiling Springs High School's Kalliergeonian and Kalagathian literary societies. Kalliergeonian was the first women's literary society and Kalagathian was the first men's literary society.
1912: The Granite Arch is Erected on Campus
The granite arch is erected on campus marking the first use of the school's motto "Pro Deo et Humanitate" (For God and Humanity). The arch is dedicated as the J. D. Huggins Memorial Arch in 1943.
Photo Description: Students stand in front of the school arch c. 1970's.
1922: Martin Dewey Whitaker Graduates
Martin Dewey Whitaker of Ellenboro, NC graduates. Whitaker, a nuclear physicist, would go on to become director of the Atomic Energy Commission Laboratory and President of Lehigh University. He returned to campus to deliver the 1959 homecoming address.
Photo Description: Martin Dewey Whitaker's 1922 senior portrait at Boiling Springs High School.
1928: Boiling Springs High School becomes Boiling Springs Junior College
Photo Description: An aerial view of campus taken during the late 1920's or early 1930's. Depicted are the original campus buildings: Huggins Curtis, Memorial Hall (Hamrick Hall), the Washburn House, the Rock Gym, and the old Boiling Springs Baptist Church.
1928: The Alma Mater is Written
The Alma Mater is written and presented to the College by Horace G. and Lorene Woody Hammett.
Photo Description: An undated publication of the Gardner-Webb Alma Mater and Fight Song written by Hammett and Hammett.