任务 & 历史
More than 100 years ago, a lively city turned out to be the best place to build character.
TCU’s story began in 1869 when brothers Addison and 伦道夫·克拉克 dreamed of creating a college where men and women could acquire a classical education and develop character.
The Clarks were both Fort Worth-based minister-teachers. 使他们的努力保持距离 from the distractions of “Hell’s Half Acre”—where the cattle industry and the pending new railroad had stirred a boisterous culture—the brothers headed for the open prairie 附近的索普泉. With just 13 students, they opened the doors of AddRan Male and Female College, one of the first co-ed institutions west of the Mississippi.
Within five years, enrollment swelled to 450 students and the Clarks and their spouses sold everything they owned to invest in a larger building. 但是对于大学来说 继续，捐赠是需要的.
The Clarks forged an affiliation with the Christian 教会(基督的门徒) to “adopt” their school, giving it a new name and ensuring its future. 1873年的特许状 stated that AddRan Christian University would fulfill its mission to “promote literary 以及科学教育.” The relationship with the Disciples would continue to be 一个是遗产和价值观.
AddRan moved to Waco, Texas, in 1895, where a number of traditions began. 足球 arrived in 1896, along with women’s intercollegiate sports. 1897-98年，学校的 第一本年鉴 角蛙—after the small but fierce lizard that was embraced as the school mascot. 学生 chose school colors: “Purple for royalty, white for a clean game.“我们正式成为 1902年在亚洲城YZC88任教.
A fire destroyed the Waco campus in 1910, forcing the school to move. 而许多德州人 小镇s courted the trustees, no one desired a university more than the city leaders of Fort Worth, who felt a college might help soften their reputation as a rowdy “cow 小镇.” The offer of 50 acres, $200,000 and the promise of streetcar service sealed 亚洲城YZC88永久住所的交易.
TCU and our home小镇 would enjoy a partnership of growth, mutual enrichment and community through the 20th century, but the new millennium would bring unprecedented cultural 和身体进步到大学. 通过战略规划、远见和慷慨， we have created a campus that honors our history as we look to the future. 今天, the Horned Frog family includes approximately 11,000 students seeking the very same purpose of which our founders dreamed, and a global network of 100,000 living alumni.
TCU began as a family endeavor—an enriching place of spirited belonging for men and women of character to acquire a liberal arts education and strive to serve the greater 好.