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Captain A. M. Reinhardt and his brother-in-law, Mr. John J.A. Sharp, ask the conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church South in Dalton, Georgia, to provide a teacher and preacher for the children of Cherokee County.  Reinhardt agreed to be personally responsible for the teacher's salary.

Reinhardt Academy opens with 12 students in a cabinet shop owned by Mr. M.P. Hollen near the present campus in January, and classes meet there for a year. The school is named for Reinhardt’s father. The first pupils range from elementary to college ages.  Between 40 and 50 pupils enrolled in the first school.

First administration building built.  In the spring of that year a tornado blew down much of the timber around Waleska, and this lumber was used to build the new structure. 

Enrollment totals almost 100 students.  Total monthly expenses for a boarding student was about $7.00.

First commencement held for four graduates. Early commencements are community events, lasting several days and including pageants and military drills.

Reinhardt buildings and grounds are deeded to the North Georgia Conference of the Methodist Church.

The Henry W. Grady Debating Club for boys and the Delphian Literary Society for girls were established by then Reinhardt President the Rev. C.E. Patillo.  In 1892, it divided into two societies, the Pierces and the Haygoods, after two famous Methodist bishops.  In the same year, two debating societies for girls were organized: the Phi Alphas and Phi Deltas.

Legislature of Georgia grants a charter which changes Reinhardt's name to Reinhardt Normal College.  The property was valued at $5,000.

Military companies were established.  Sham battles between the companies were staged in the spring, and female students played the parts of nurses, who would rush into the scene of battle to nobly administer treatment. One afternoon of each commencement was dedicated to these battles.  By 1897, military training was compulsory for boys.  Each military unit also had a baseball team, which was the chief sport at the school at the time.

First loan fund, "the Field Loan Fund" was established to help "worthy boys and girls get an education regardless of their conditions and surroundings."

First business class offered.

Telephone installed in Waleska at President’s Home.

First car driven on Campus.

Reinhardt becomes a college.

Water system installed.

Enrollment has grown to 340 pupils; 51 were in college classes.

Campus power plant built.

The first issue of The Hiltonian, the student newspaper, was published in May.

Public school system assumes responsibility for the grammar school, but the classes continue to meet on the Reinhardt campus until 1948.

Samuel C. Dobbs Science Center built.

Reinhardt is accredited as a junior college.

Electricity from Georgia Power comes to Reinhardt. Stock and dairy barns built. Students often work on the College farm to pay their way.

Paul Jones Hall built. 

Road paved from Canton to just east of Waleska.

U.S. Vice President comes to “Soil Conservation Day.” In one day, 1000 U.S. veterans and volunteers made almost $100,000 in improvements.
Burgess Administration Building completed.

High school grades transfer to Cherokee High School.  Honors Day Program was inaugurated.

Student government association founded.

Hill Freeman Library, Cobb Hall and Roberts Hall built.

Chatsworth Center opens.

Hal B. Wansley President’s Home built.

Lake Mullenix built.

Brown Athletic Center built. Intercollegiate men’s basketball reinstated. The Eagle was selected as the College's official mascot

Women’s basketball and softball added. Centennial Celebration held.

W. Frank and Evelyn J. Gordy Center opens.

Bratton Carillon Tower built.

Hagan Chapel (Waleska United Methodist Church) built. North Fulton Center opened in Roswell.

Joseph Baxter Recreation Center built. First A Day for Reinhardt raises scholarship funds for local students.

Herbert I. and Lilla W. Gordy Hall completed. (Was named in 1994.)

Evelyn Gordy Hospitality House moved from Atlanta to Campus. Intercollegiate soccer added.

Baccalaureate program in business administration began. Innovative campus-wide computer/video/phone network installed.

George M. Lawson Academic Center and McCamish Broadcast Center open.

First two bachelor’s degrees awarded in business, and  Reinhardt is accredited as a baccalaureate institution.

North Fulton Center moves to Roswell Mall.

Norman W. Paschall Plaza completed. Chatsworth Center closes. Dr. Newt Gingrich, who began co-teaching a Reinhardt history course in 1994, is named U.S. Speaker of the House.

Baccalaureate programs in biology, communication and liberal studies added. Dobbs Science Building renovated. Cartersville Center opened.

College switches to semesters. Baccalaureate program in education begins. $20 million Capital Campaign concludes and raises $30.5 million. William W. Fincher Jr. and Eunice L. Fincher Visual Arts Center built.
Added baccalaureate programs in art and psychology, as well as accounting and information systems concentrations. Began athletic competition against other four-year schools and added tennis and cross country.  Opened the F. James and Florrie G. Funk Heritage Center. Launched  institutional and athletic logos.

Added sociology, sports information and communications. North Fulton Center moves to Alpharetta, Ga. Women’s soccer added. Cartersville Center closed.

Student programming expands to include outdoor program. Dedicated the Fred H. and Mozelle Bates Tarpley Education Center, the George M. McClure Water Treatment Plant and the renovated Varsity Room.

The Floyd A. and Fay W. Falany Performing Arts Center, which included the relocated McCamish Media Arts Center, opens. Added baccalaureate programs in English, history, music, religion, as well as a management concentration.

Added women’s volleyball. Dedicated the renovated and expanded James & Sis Brown Athletic Center and the Jim & Syble Boring Sports Complex and the expanded and renamed Hill Freeman Library and Spruill Learning Center.

Apartment-style residence halls open at capacity.  Baseball and fast-pitch softball added.

Added public relations and advertising; marketing; media, culture and society; and public safety leadership, thus bringing the number of degree programs to 33. The $15 million Capital Campaign announced.

Ground broken for Hasty Student Life Center. New baccalaureate programs in biology, English and music education approved. Capital Campaign goal raised to $17 million. Recruiting begins for women’s golf team. Record number of new students welcomed to campus.

SACS approved first graduate program – master of business administration. Hasty Student Life Center completed.  Women’s golf added. First endowed faculty chair, the William W. Fincher, Jr. Chair of the Visual Arts, was funded. Baccalaureate programs in math and digital art and graphic design, and concentration in special education, added.

Celebrates 125th anniversary and concludes an $18.7 million capital campaign. SACS reaffirms Reinhardt's undergraduate accreditation and, later in the year, accredits Reinhardt as a level III-graduate institution. Adds new programs in World Languages and Cultures, criminal justice, and professional communication leadership.

Holds 1st Convocation of Artists and Scholars. Adds associate degrees in criminal justice and a Public Safety Institute. Intercollegiate athletic teams switch to the Appalachian Athletic Conference and add men’s lacrosse. Launches math secondary education program.  Offers selected programs in Cartersville.  Adds Master of Music and Master of Arts in Teaching in Early Education.

Becomes Reinhardt University on June 1, 2010. Adds women’s lacrosse. Master of Education in Elementary Education and Master of Education in Special Education approved to start in 2012. Adds baccalaureate program in theatre studies. Lights were added to the Ken White Athletic Fields.

Approves the addition of football to begin practice in 2012 and competition in 2013.  Adopts plans to build a field house, turf football field and residence hall. Adds baccalaureate program in political science.

Hubbard Residence Hall, turf field, field house and Ken White Music Center open fall 2012. MBA offered at new off campus site in downtown Woodstock, Ga. Online degree completion programs in criminal justice and healthcare administration added. Football players begin practice. Construction begins on new Science Center. Monument sign at corner of Highways 108 and 140 replaced. Plans finalized for two new residence halls to be part of the Hubbard Hall complex.

Master of Public Administration launches. Adds marching band.  Football begins intercollegiate competition and finishes 6-4 and on top of the Mid-South Conference West Division. Dedicates new Science Center, and Blue and Gold Halls open as part of the Hubbard Hall Residential Complex. School of Music changes to School of Performing Arts, the only one of its kind in Georgia, and the theatre program moves to the renamed school.


Men’s and women’s track and field are added. New athletic indoor practice facility built adjacent to the Field House. A new stage arts annex is also being discussed.