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McMurry kicks off its 100 year celebration

ABILENE, Texas ( – To kick off McMurry University’s centennial year, McMurry hosted a fun celebration for the community and students past, present and future on Thursday afternoon.

Throughout the celebration there was music, games, tacos and ceremonies for the centennial flag and an official ribbon cutting.

McMurry kicks off its 100 year celebration
Many students, teachers, friends and former students have come together to create an image forming the number 100. (Courtesy of McMurry University)

In September 1923, McMurry first opened its doors to students affiliated with the Methodist Institution, now known as the United Methodist Church.

McMurry was founded by James Winfred Hunt after his former college, Stamford College, closed. From a student population of 191, this number has grown to 1,142 in fall 2021.

In response to the NCAA denying the use of McMurry’s original mascot (The Kaw Indians) in 2006, the university decided not to have a mascot for many years. In 2011, the university made the decision to become the McMurry War Hawks.


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