Sam Houston in 1949

Four years after the end of World War II, Sam Houston State Teachers College was growing. Enrollment was steadily increasing and there were many buildings of all sorts proposed, but at that time, the academic center of the campus was the quadrangle. Sam Houston's president during the 1950's was Dr. Harmon Lowman, a man deeply committed to the students and to the positive image and growth of the college.

The student body was an active one. There were many campus-wide "special" events each year including a Halloween Carnival, Homecoming, the Press Capades (begun two years earlier), and the President's Coronation Dance, as well as many social events of individual groups. Students were involved in the student government and the president of the Student Council was a highly respected student. Each class elected class officers yearly; cheerleaders were elected by the student body as well as kings and queens of various special occasions. The Houstonian provided a journal of the life and activities of the campus. Its editor was elected by the student body.

Grade point averages were based on a 3.0 system (converted to the 4.0 system in the Fall of 1961) with "A" equaling 3, "B" = 2, "C" = 1, "D" = 0, and "F" = -1. Classes were arranged to the system of M-days and T-days, except that T-days included Saturdays (until noon). One of three degrees could be earned: Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Science (BS), and Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA). During the 1950's the emphasis changed from the BS to the BBA. At the end of 1949 there had been 6,595 persons who had received degrees from Sam Houston State: 2,845 men (43%) and 3,750 women (57%). During the 1950's this total practically doubled! At the end of 1959, 12,634 students had been graduated: 6,448 men (51%) and 6,186 women (49%).

Huntsville's population was growing slowly and the census in 1950 would show close to 10,000 (which included the students and the inmates at the Walls Unit). Huntsville was dry (until 1967) so there were frequent trips to Trinity or "across the line" to the Paper Moon or one of the many other places to imbibe. And you had to go through Conroe, the "speed trap," to get to Houston. The prison and the college created most of the activity in the town.

The world of Sam Houston State Teachers College during the 1950's created an image of that time in our history when the world seemed a better place to live, but a time the problems and concerns of a future generation were developing. It was a decade of contrasts: "I Love Lucy" and "I Like Ike"; the rebel James Dean and the unparalleled Marilyn Monroe; Princess Grace of Monaco and King Elvis of Rock & Roll; the vision of Camelot and the journey into space; the fear of the bomb and the security of bomb shelters; 3-D movies and Cinerama; flying saucers and "The Purple People Eater"; the addition of Alaska and Hawaii and the onslaught of beatniks; the popularity of television and the rejection of the Edsel; the Korean War and Fidel Castro; the hula hoop and Scrabble and "Rock Around the Clock" and "The Twist" and "Tammy" and hot rods and poodle skirts and flattops and Peyton Place and "The Incredible Shrinking Man" and Arnold Palmer and Yogi Berra and "The $64,000 Question" and droodles and Peanuts and chlorophyll. And the list goes on!

It was a time of friendship, justice, and learning.

Sam Houston in 1949
"The Caballeros Arrive!"
"An Uphill Climb"
"Bill Turner,
"Dan Rather,
Houstonian Editor"
"New Ideas"
"Fight Night Begins"
"Tripod Always"
"Alumni Membership Growing"
"`National' Talk in the Air"
"`A Chevrolet or a Cadillac?'"
"Everybody Going Greek...
Except the Cabs!"
"Sigma Chi at Sam Houston"
John Ball and the Peasants' Revolt
Caballero Constitution