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Monday, October 29, 2012

October 29th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Tigers Come Down Hill In 1964


(Photo and Story Uploaded By Alan Cutts)

Today’s photo is of the Clemson football team coming down the hill in 1964.

When Clemson became a university in 1964, it was a big deal. Everything had CU on it, including "The Hill."

In fact, Clemson had been a university prior to 1964. Legally the name was "The Clemson Agricultural College of South Carolina" but changing the name was a bit of a challenge since Thomas G. Clemson specified the name in his will, and the State of South Carolina had acted on his request.

This meant that in order for the school's name to be legally called Clemson University, school officials had to actively seek out the living heirs of Thomas Green Clemson and obtain their consent for the name change, plus they had to get the South Carolina General Assembly to enact the name change.

So when the name change was approved, it was a really big deal to those that worked so hard to see the name change.  And they used the CU in just about every way imaginable during this time frame to promote the name change.

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