Courtesy: The University of Central Oklahoma

The Historical Significance of 

Old North

On January 3, 1893, faculty and students move into the partially completed Normal Building.

After $15,000 in funding was appropriated by the Second Oklahoma Territorial Legislature, construction of the tower and wings begins.

The Oklahoma Territory Legislature passes an act creating the Normal School; making the University of Central Oklahoma the first institution of higher learning in the state


Construction of the Normal Building (Old North), the first building on the Normal school campus, begins


The Normal Building was completed inside and out.

Although the dials for the clock were made in 1894, the clock mechanism and chimes were not installed until 1912 once private funds were raised.

Old North is dedicated as a National Historic Site. A plaque recognizing the building as the first structure built in Oklahoma Territory for the purpose of Education is mounted at the entrance.

Old North is closed due to structural concerns. Phase I of the restoration begins. 


Phase II begins and includes an addition to the original building and interior structural restoration.

Phase III interior restoration of the original building begins.

Old North reopens for classes.











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