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Huntingdon College

Coordinates: 32°21′00″N 86°17′06″W / 32.350°N 86.285°W / 32.350; -86.285
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Huntingdon College
Huntingdon College Emblem
Former names
Tuskegee Female College (1854–1872)
Alabama Conference Female College (1872–1910)
Woman's College of Alabama (1910–1935)
MottoEnter to Grow in Wisdom, Go Forth to Apply Wisdom in Service.
TypePrivate college
EstablishedFebruary 2, 1854; 170 years ago (1854-02-02)
Religious affiliation
United Methodist Church
PresidentJ. Cameron West
Academic staff

32°21′00″N 86°17′06″W / 32.350°N 86.285°W / 32.350; -86.285
CampusSuburban Neighborhood
Colors    Scarlet & grey
Sporting affiliations
NCAA Division III
Huntingdon College Campus Historic District
Flowers Memorial Hall was built in 1909[2]
Area58 acres (23 ha)
Architectural styleLate Gothic Revival, Tudor Revival
NRHP reference No.00000138[1]
Added to NRHPFebruary 24, 2000

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


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 (23 ha) 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 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. In 1910, the school was renamed as the Woman's College of Alabama.[3] Completed that same year 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 50 undergraduate programs of study and 18 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 among the "Fastest Growing Colleges in America."[4]



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.[5] The district was placed on the NRHP on February 24, 2000.[1] The college expanded across Fairview Avenue, adding the Cloverdale Campus in 2001.

Houghton Memorial Library



Huntingdon College teams participate as a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association's Division III. The Hawks are members of the Collegiate Conference of the South (CCS), formed in July 2022 by an amicable split of the USA South Athletic Conference. Men's sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, lacrosse, soccer, tennis and wrestling; while women's sports include basketball, beach volleyball, cross country, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, tennis, and volleyball. Huntingdon is the only four-year college in the state of Alabama to offer collegiate wrestling.[6] With the CCS not sponsoring football, women's golf, or lacrosse for either sex, Huntingdon remains in the USA South for those sports.

The "Red Lady"


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 took her life inside her room in Pratt Hall.[7]

Notable alumni


Notable Huntingdon alumni include:


  1. ^ a b c "National Register Information System – (#00000138)". 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. ^ "HUNTINGDON PAST AND PRESENT". huntingdon.edu. Huntingdon College. Retrieved 8 February 2023.
  4. ^ "Huntingdon College named among fastest growing colleges in U.S." www.wsfa.com. 19 August 2014. Retrieved 2020-05-21.
  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ Huntingdon College (AL) Announces New NCAA Division III Wrestling Program for 2014-15 Season
  7. ^ Windham, Kathryn Tucker: Thirteen Alabama Ghosts and Jeffrey, Chapter 11: "The Red Lady of Huntingdon College." University of Alabama Press, 2014: pp. 97-104.
  8. ^ "Dubose, Kristi". Federal Judicial Center. Retrieved 2023-10-17.
  9. ^ 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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