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University of Memphis History & Traditions

Known originally as West Tennessee State Normal School, the institution opened its doors Sept. 10, 1912, with Dr. Seymour A. Mynders as president. Students in the first classes selected blue and gray as the school colors and the tiger as the mascot. Tradition holds that the colors, those of the opposing armies during the Civil War, were chosen in commemoration of the reuniting of the country after that divisive conflict. -Continue Reading-

Explore the U of M through the last decade

Relive the top moments in Tiger sports history, meet the presidents who have helped shape the University, and read other tales from the past here.

Centennial Book

Purchase your copy of "Dreamers. Thinkers. Doers.: A Centennial History of the University of Memphis"

This coffee table book written by Janann Sherman and Beverly Bond details the rich history of the University of Memphis. It makes a great gift for graduation and holidays!

Order your copy today for $39.95.

Order of the Blue Mace

We are the guardians of our proud U of M traditions. Download the Order of the Blue Mace to learn the secrets behind the True Blue and how you can uphold these proud traditions.

Make sure you're familiar with all of the rules before attending a Tiger game. For example, you must wear blue, but not just any blue. It must be TIGER BLUE. In case you need to brush up, it also includes the fight song.


Tiger Trivia

How well do you know your U of M history? Test your knowledge with this Tiger Trivia.

Yearbook Archives



Every issue of the Memphis DeSoto and Lambuth Lantern yearbooks have been archived online.

Click here to view them.

The online archive also includes the University of Memphis Commencement programs, Telephone Directories, the Bulletin/Class Directories and the Lambuth Bulletin and Catalogs.



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