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A first class boom is in full swing at State College. Giant industries of the nation - industries playing a key role in the national defense program - have made their way to campus, searching for engineers and other technically trained students to participate in such avenues as aviation and artillery engineering.
In 1939 State College celebrated its fiftieth anniversary. The institution filled a gap in higher education because it focused on agricultural and industrial courses which were not offered at the University of North Carolina. Classes began for 72 enrolled students on October 3, 1889 in Holladay Hall named after the first President Dr. Alexander Q. Holladay. Student body increased greatly by 1939 and enrollment reached the 10,000 mark.