Countdown to 150 years

Founded in 1874, Nevada is commemorating the events and people that have shaped its transformative history.

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Lincoln Hall is viewed from across Manzanita Lake. Opened in 1896, Lincoln Hall was the first men's dormitory built at the university. Manzanita Lake was made by damming up the irrigation "Orr Ditch" that still runs through parts of the university today. Originally a man-made ranchers’ pond, the lake came into existence with the help of donor Clarence Mackay in 1911 as part of the university's beautification mission.

Land acknowledgement

We acknowledge that the Ƶ is situated on the traditional homelands of the Numu (Northern Paiute), Wašiw (Washoe), Newe (Western Shoshone), and Nuwu (Southern Paiute) peoples. These lands continue to be a gathering place for Indigenous Peoples and we recognize their deep connections to these places. We extend our appreciation for the opportunity to live and learn on their territory.

Native American mural art project

The Ƶ and Office of Indigenous Relations is creating a mural that is part of the University’s sesquicentennial celebration and will serve as a space for gathering, reflection, and celebration of Native American Peoples.

University's 150th Anniversary Logo

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1911 black and white photo that looks north shows the following buildings from left to right: Stewart Hall, Lincoln Hall, Chemistry Building, Mackay School of Mines, Mechanical Building, and the Physics Building. A view of the Ƶ Quad looking north, showing large trees surrounding the grass of the Quad. Mackay School of Mines is visible in the distance.

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A Wolf Pack legend

Otis Burrell was a two-time All-American and four-time NCAA high-jump champion, won a silver medal at the 1967 Pan-American Games and was inducted into the Wolf Pack Hall of Fame in 1978.

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Otis Burrell, a legendary Wolf Pack track and field athlete, is shown during high jumpin competitions, a picture recognizing his status as a two-time All-American and four-time NCAA high jump champion, and his election to the Wolf Pack Athletics Hall of Fame in 1978.

Photo of the Nevada 400-yard relay track team, including Houston Williamson, Phil Henrickson, Otis Burrell, and Vic Simmons. To the right is a separate picture of Otis Burrell, with a caption that reads "High Jumps - High Hurdles."

Photo from circa 1908. Professor Walter Palmer and students work at a table in the Assay Lab while a bored student stares off into the distance at another table.

A place in history: The Mackay School


Founded in 1888, the Mackay School of Mines is more than just an iconic building sitting opposite Morrill Hall on the University's historic Quadrangle.

Newspaper clipping that reads: “Lieut. O’Dowda Killed In France. Honolulu Boy Drops to Death With Plane Just Before Peace Comes.

His memory shall not fade


The University's Lt. John Stephen O'Dowda made the ultimate sacrifice as a pilot during WWI, killed while serving in France on Nov. 13, 1918.

From left to right, Professor Hyun-Joo Jeon, Provost Kapseong Kim, Dean Donald Easton-Brooks, Unju Kim, Associate Dean Eleni Oikonomidoy and Jina Choi.

Global collaboration


A groundbreaking exchange program with Korea National University of Education fosters collaboration between teacher preparation students and faculty from both institutions.

A more beautiful situation would be hard to find. In all directions the outlook is inspiring. To the west the great eastern flank of the Sierra, heavily wooded with pine and fir, forms the horizon from Peavine to the point where it is intersected by a higher wooded range standing boldly out the east, the Rose Spur of the Sierra. The mountains of this spur are bolder and higher. They...are seen from every part of the Campus and from almost every part of the valley, the great peak of Mount Rose, white with snow for three-quarters of the year rising over everything else.

S.B. Doten, History of the University of Nevada, 1924

1898 graduate and faculty member from 1900 until his retirement in 1946.

Black and white photo from the 1900s of Reno, a collection of wooden buildings, surrounded by trees, with the Sierra Mountain Range visible in the distance.