The short history and major events of The University of Alabama

Inaugural ceremonies for the University were held on April 12, 1831. The first students were enrolled on April 18, 1831. By May 28, 52 students had enrolled. The campus consisted of seven buildings: two faculty houses, two dormitories, the laboratory, the hotel (now Gorgas House), and the Rotunda.

The University of Alabama was the first in state to offer Engineering classes to its students and was 1 of 5 institutions in the nation to do so.  

The University of Alabama's first football team established in 1892 called the "Thin Red Line" which we all know what later became the "Crimson Tide."

In 1963 UA's first African-American student, Autherine J. Lucy, was admitted. She was expelled three days later "for her own safety" in response to threats from a mob. In 1992 Autherine Lucy Foster graduated from the University with a master's degree in education. The same day, her daughter, Grazia Foster, graduated with a bachelor's degree in corporate finance.

in 2019 the Tuscaloosa Bicentennial Celebration was held.  Collaboration with the city of Tuscaloosa to celebrate its bicentennial, including presenting the city with a statue of Minerva, goddess of wisdom.  

The University of Alabama's fight song is Yea Alabama!

The history of Elephant Mascot is one of lore gaining momentum from a writer.  According to the University's website on traditions;

In 1930 Everett Strupper of the Atlanta Journal wrote of his shock upon seeing the immense size of Coach Wallace Wade’s varsity players when they charged the field against Mississippi: "It was the first time that I had seen it and the size of the entire eleven nearly knocked me cold, men that I had seen play last year looking like they had nearly doubled in size."

A fan is supposed to have yelled out, “Hold your horses, the elephants are coming!” Strupper and other sports writers adopted the moniker “the red elephants” for the crimson-wearing team.

While the elephant quickly became a team symbol, it was not until the 1979 Sugar Bowl that the official costumed elephant mascot Big Al made his debut. He has been beloved of the UA family ever since.

Below a UA sports fan will be able to find superior quality products built for the Crimson tide.  

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Alabama Billiard Table

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Alabama Crimson Tide Basketball Mirror

Alabama Crimson Tide Fight Song Mirror

Alabama Crimson Tide Football Mirror

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Alabama A Script 15" Neon Clock

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