Huntingdon College

Huntingdon College is a private Methodist liberal arts college in Montgomery, Alabama. It was founded in 1854 as a women's college.

Huntingdon College
Huntingdon College Emblem
MottoEnter to Grow in Wisdom, Go Forth to Apply Wisdom in Service.
TypePrivate college
Religious affiliation
United Methodist Church
PresidentJ. Cameron West
Academic staff
Location, ,
United States

32°21′00″N 86°17′06″W / 32.350°N 86.285°W / 32.350; -86.285Coordinates: 32°21′00″N 86°17′06″W / 32.350°N 86.285°W / 32.350; -86.285
CampusSuburban Neighborhood
ColorsScarlet and grey          
Athletics15 Varsity Teams,
NCAA Division III
Huntingdon College Campus Historic District
Huntingdon College Flowers Hall.JPG
Flowers Memorial Hall was built in 1909[2]
Area58 acres (23 ha)
Architectural styleLate Gothic Revival, Tudor Revival
NRHP reference #00000138[1]
Added to NRHPFebruary 24, 2000


Woman's College of Alabama in 1918

Huntingdon College was chartered on February 2, 1854, as "Tuskegee Female College" by the Alabama State Legislature and Governor John A. Winston. The first president was Andrew Adgate Lipscomb. Dr. Lipscomb laid the foundation of the college as a teaching college rather than a research institution.

In 1872 the name was changed to "Alabama Conference Female College," as the college came under the auspices of the Methodist Episcopal Church. As the college and the South struggled to rebuild following the Civil War, college leaders believed they needed to relocate the institution to a more populous city, and they chose the state's capital, Montgomery.

In 1908 they purchased a 58-acre (235,000 m²) parcel of land on what was then the outskirts of town; it is now part of the Old Cloverdale neighborhood of Montgomery. The campus landscaping was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr., who had also planned the Biltmore Estate and Central Park. The college, renamed as "Woman's College of Alabama," moved all of its furniture, lab chemicals, and records into Hamner Hall in Montgomery on August 24, 1909. The building burned to the ground that night, destroying the records of the college's first 50 years and all of its furnishings. The students and President William Martin moved to Sullins College in Virginia for that school year, and construction continued on the college's first building, John Jefferson Flowers Memorial Hall. Completed in 1910 and designed by Harvard architect H. Langford Warren, Flowers Hall was designed to emulate the collegiate Gothic architecture of Oxford and Cambridge universities in England, and of Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. It set the tone that was followed for the architectural style of the campus.

The college admitted its first male students in the aftermath of World War I, graduating the first male student in 1934. Realizing that the name Woman's College of Alabama no longer fit its student body, the college was renamed in 1935 as Huntingdon College, in honor of Selina, Countess of Huntingdon, a notable supporter of John Wesley and of Methodism.

In the early 21st century, Huntingdon offers more than 20 undergraduate programs of study and 15 NCAA-III intercollegiate athletic teams that participate in the USA South Athletic Conference. Between 2002 and 2012, enrollment increased by 53% in the traditional day program and 88% overall (594 to 1118). The Chronicle of Higher Education listed Huntingdon in 2014 as among the "Fastest Growing Colleges in America."


Huntingdon's campus is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as the Huntingdon College Campus Historic District.[1] The district contains thirteen contributing buildings, built in the Gothic Revival and Tudor Revival styles, and one site.[3] The district was placed on the NRHP on February 24, 2000.[1]

Houghton Memorial Library


Huntingdon College teams participate as a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association's Division III. The Hawks are a member of the USA South Athletic Conference. Men's sports include baseball, basketball, football, golf, lacrosse, soccer, tennis and wrestling; while women's sports include basketball, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, tennis, and volleyball. Huntingdon is the only four-year college in the state of Alabama to offer collegiate wrestling.[4]

The "Red Lady"Edit

Huntingdon College is the home of the "Red Lady." She is alleged to be the ghost of a female student from the early twentieth century who committed suicide inside her room in Pratt Hall.[5]

Notable alumniEdit

Notable Huntington alumni include:


  1. ^ a b c "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. March 13, 2009.
  2. ^ "Huntingdon College Walking Tour: John Jefferson Flowers Memorial Hall". Archived from the original on 2009-01-08. Retrieved 2008-12-20.
  3. ^ Entzweiler, Susan M.; Trina Binkley (August 1999). "Huntingdon College Campus Historic District". National Register of Historic Places Registration Form. National Park Service. Archived (PDF) from the original on March 15, 2014. Retrieved March 15, 2014. See also: "Accompanying photos". Archived (PDF) from the original on March 15, 2014. Retrieved March 15, 2014.
  4. ^ Huntingdon College (AL) Announces New NCAA Division III Wrestling Program for 2014-15 Season
  5. ^ Windham, Kathryn Tucker: Thirteen Alabama Ghosts and Jeffrey, Chapter 11: "The Red Lady of Huntingdon College." University of Alabama Press, 2014: pp. 97-104.
  6. ^ Timberlake, Stephanie (2019). Knight, Elliot A. (ed.). Alabama Creates: 200 Years of Art and Artists. Tuscaloosa, Alabama: University of Alabama Press. pp. 49–50. ISBN 9780817320102. OCLC 1049578394.

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