November 26, 1920
On Nov. 26, 1920, Ohio State Day was celebrated for raising funds to build the university's new stadium (right, completed in 1921) and for the accomplishments of William Oxley Thompson (1855 - 1933), a Presbyterian minister and Ohio State president since 1899. An active home missionary and pastor, Rev. Thompson (shown left) began to serve higher education institutions after his wife died in 1885. While president of Ohio State University (1899 - Nov. 1925), Thompson developed strong educational programs, and the student enrollment grew from 1,000 to 14,000.