Timeline

100 Year Timeline

1897
First informal schoolroom set up by Mary Kimball Morgan above a carriage house at her home, 4333 Morgan Street, St. Louis, Missouri.

1898
- The school officially opens at 4484-4486 West Morgan Street, October 17.
- The name "Principia" adopted.

1899
- Dormitory for boarding students opens.
- Mary Baker Eddy approves Mrs. Morgan's idea of founding a school and authorizes her to call it a "Christian Science school."

1900
Gold and blue chosen as school colors.

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1901
- Page Avenue campus purchased.
- "As the sowing, the reaping" adopted as school motto.

1906
- First Upper School class graduates.
- Alumni 

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1912
Board of Trustees established, along with the formal incorporation of the school.

1913
First issue of The Principia Alumni Purpose magazine appears.

1917
First class graduates from Junior College.

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1922
Dads' Club formed.

1923
- Progress at Principia magazine established.
- First Christian Science lecture given at Principia by Bicknell Young.

1924
The Principia Mothers' Club organized.

1928
ABC League formed for interscholastic athletic competition for boys.

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1931
Ground broken for the chapel, one of 13 buildings on the new College campus designed by distinguished architect Bernard Maybeck.

1934
First bachelor of arts degree conferred at College commencement ceremonies held in the Elsah Chapel.

1935
College moves to Elsah.

1937
First Alumni Weekend.

1938
First Mothers' Club calendar produced.

1939
First Public Affairs Conference, on the topic, "Making Democracy Work."

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1941
Accelerated war program inaugurated on Elsah campus, including extra physical conditioning.

1943
Patrons' Association organized. 

1945
Property in St. Louis County purchased for new campus.

1947
Golden Anniversary of Principia. 

1948
Publication of As the Sowing, the history of Principia's first 50 years.

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1952
- First Summer Session for adults at the College.
- Course in the history of the Christian Science movement introduced at the College.

1955
Pre-Schoolers are the first to move to the new campus.

1956
First Principia Abroad study/travel program.

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1960
Upper Schoolers complete the move to the new campus.

1965
Education at the Principia, a compilation of Mrs. Morgan's talks and writings, is published by the Trustees.

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1971
Inauguration of PACE (Principia Adult Continuing Education) Abroad programs.

1974
First week-long alumni reunion.

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1983
College women's tennis team wins NCAA Division III national championships.

1984
College athletic teams change name from Indians to Panthers.

1987
- Dawn Leonard Larmer is the first woman since Mrs. Morgan to be appointed to chair the Board of Trustees.
- Lower School expansion and new classrooms added.
- Maybeck renovations begin at the College.

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1993
College campus designated as a National Historic Landmark.

1996
Construction begins on largest building project ever undertaken at the College, the Science Center.

1997
Publication of A Century of Progress: A Pictorial History of The Principia.

1998
Centennial year celebrations mark the 1997-98 school year.

 

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