Old North

More than 120 years ago, a group of visionary pioneers wisely recognized that this new frontier called the Oklahoma territory needed a center of learning. Local businessman Anton Classen donated the land where Old North now stands. Due in part to Classen’s generosity and vision, the first 25-member class of the Territorial Normal School met
on Nov. 9, 1891. Filled with promise, they diligently began their work toward a mastery of subjects, all in preparation for their teaching careers.

Old North Tower was completed soon after the school’s opening, serving as the first building of higher education in the state and the first permanent structure on the campus of what is now the University of Central Oklahoma. It was considered one of the most significant structures in southwest landscape.

Unfortunately, in 2001, Old North had to close for some much-needed renovation. Nearly 16 years after closing, Old North, the oldest building on the University of Central Oklahoma campus and the first building dedicated to higher learning in Oklahoma, opened once again with eager students and engaged professors in February 2017. With an incredible blend of the old and new, Old North stands proudly as the focalpoint of Central’s campus.

The Need

The total cost for the restoration and renovation of Old North totaled $14.4 million, with nearly $6 million in private donations raised for the final phase of Old North’s completion. The building, which now includes approximately 44,000 square feet, serves as office, classroom and gathering space for students, faculty and staff across campus. Old North also houses UCO’s Office of the President, Office of Public Affairs and Office of Student Affairs. A continued effort to build a maintenance and upkeep fund to support Old North is ongoing. Your support can help keep this historic and symbolic foundation of education in great shape.

Please consider a gift to Old North, today.

For more information on giving to Old North, contact Anne Holzberlein, Vice President for Advancement at (405) 974-2770 or aholzberlein@uco.edu.

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