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Fun Facts

  • The inventor of the escalator, Jesse W. Reno, graduated from Lehigh in 1883.
  • The start time for classes at Lehigh – 10 minutes past the hour – was originally established so that students finishing a shift at Bethlehem Steel could arrive on time.
  • Taylor Stadium was the third oldest collegiate stadium in the country, and cost $90,000 to construct in 1914.
  • In 1992, Lehigh became the first university in the country to create an independent digital satellite network to broadcast a class nationwide.
  • Founder Asa Packer was a prominent politician, and in 1868 campaigned for the Democratic presidential nomination.
  • Football coach Bosey Reiter, Lehigh’s first athletic director, has been credited with popularizing the overhead spiral pass.
  • When Packer Hall was built in 1868, a railroad was built on campus to carry the stone directly to the site.
  • Packer Memorial Church hosts more than 50 alumni weddings each year.
  • McClintic and Marshall dorms, more commonly known as M&M, are named for 1888 graduates Howard McClintic and Charles Marshall, who built the Golden Gate Bridge, the George Washington Bridge, the Waldorf Astoria and the Panama Canal.
  • Christmas Hall, formerly a Moravian Church, became the first building on Lehigh’s campus. Today it is known as Christmas-Saucon Hall.
  • It's considered bad luck to step on the university seal engraved in the Leadership Plaza pavestones outside the Alumni Memorial Building.
  • The Lehigh men’s basketball team won its first-ever NCAA tournament win with a 75-70 upset over second-seeded Duke on March 16, 2012.
  • The Alumni Memorial Building was built in 1925 to honor the 46 Lehigh alumni who died and the 1,921 who served in World War I.
  • Bobby Weaver ’83 won a gold medal in wrestling in the 1984 Olympic Games.
  • Terry Hart ’68, professor of practice in mechanical engineering and mechanics, was an astronaut on the space shuttle Challenger.
  • Price Hall, now home to the Department of Anthropology and Sociology, was once the office and tavern of “Die Alte Brauere,” or the Old Brewery, in the 1890s.

Pictured here:
Far Left: Packer Hall, built in 1868, now serves as the University Center.
Left: Lehigh offers a warm and inviting campus culture.
Right: The university seal, pictured here engraved in stone, was officially adopted in 1866.
Far Right: Many Lehigh alumni return to campus for important milestones in their lives, including their weddings.


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