Lubbock, then a humble West Texas town, knew the possibilities on the horizon when the Texas Legislature passed a bill creating Texas Technological College on February 10, 1923. After the signing—a day that would become the university’s official Founders Day—a search for its location began. Enthusiasm ran through the rolling plains. More than fifty pages in length, Lubbock’s proposal outlined why the region was without question the choice for the new college. Soon, the committee discovered what the town already knew: There was no better spot with more potential than Lubbock. The groundwork was laid for what would become a top-ranking institution with a medical school, pioneering research center, and law school, with graduates spanning the globe. The new president of Texas Tech Paul Whitfield Horn saw the prospects in that vast landscape: “…the sun of Texas is a rising sun, not a setting sun.” One hundred years later, President Horn’s words ring true. Red Raiders always keep their eye on the horizon.

The cornerstone for the Administration Building being laid before a crowd of 20,000 people on November 11, 1924.

As Texas Tech University honors this momentous anniversary, the centennial of that first Founders Day, students past and present are invited to reflect, revel, and imagine a future of possibilities as wide-open as the West Texas plains. Founders Day festivities begin with National Volunteer Day held on February 10. As part of Tech’s ambitious goal to complete one million hours of volunteering during 2023, alumni, students, and fans of the Red Raiders can give back to ensure what’s to come is even better for future generations. Visit 100.ttu.edu/volunteer for details and how to log hours.

Founders Day celebrations continue with two events during the day: the Student Celebration beginning at 11am and the Faculty and Staff Celebration kicking off at 3pm. The first of a three night revelry, begins with Founders Day Centennial Illumination. Free to the public, this event is held February 10, 11, and 12 from 7pm to 10pm. Beginning at dusk, a light show will be cast upon the façade of the iconic Texas Tech University Administration Building. The location of the event is steeped in its own historic legacy. In November 1924, a crowd of 20,000 gathered at the site of what would be the administration building as Governor Pat Neff spoke and the cornerstones were laid. Since that day, hundreds of thousands of students have proudly walked through the doors to start their Scarlet and Black journey. A striking visual event, the program will begin with the humble story of Texas Tech over the course of one hundred years. 

Those humble roots grew to create memorable moments, extraordinary feats, and significant accomplishments in time that printed the Texas Tech name in the pages of history. Red Raiders will never forget the Lady Raiders’ national basketball championship or when Joe Kirk Fulton took the field on horseback as the first Masked Raider during the Gator Bowl against Auburn University. The story is far from over. 

The first convocation at Texas Technological College, which consisted of 914 freshman and sophomore students.

The past one hundred years have brought revolutionary learning, incredible discoveries, and an unmatched level of school spirit. These moments and countless more are the fabric of Texas Tech. With eyes on the horizon, celebrate what it means to be a part of the Red Raider family and the endless possibilities that lie ahead. What will the next century hold? Students, faculty, alumni, and fans spanning the globe would agree: The best is yet to come. 

For a full schedule of the Founders Day events, visit 100.ttu.edu/events.