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The 1966 Miners: National Champions
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At 11:56 p.m. on March 19, 1966, few realized the significance of the game that had just ended. Yes, a team from a distant and isolated college in West Texas on the Rio Grande had just defeated the overwhelming favorite, the four-time champion University of Kentucky Wildcats, to win the NCAA men’s basketball championship. However, it would be more than a decade later when Chicago Tribune sports columnist David Israel described the matchup not in terms of David versus Goliath, but in terms of civil rights by calling it “the Brown vs. Board of Education of college basketball.” On that day in 1966, observed UTEP history professor Charles Martin, the world witnessed the benching of Jim Crow.

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From the UTEP archives

Check out this article from the National Geographic Magazine (April 1914) to see the inspiration for UTEP's classic architecture.

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On this day in UTEP history . . .

October 24, 1914 • The School of Mines plays their first football game in UTEP history. The Miners defeat the El Paso YMCA 7-6. • 1916 • The U.T. Board of Regents agrees to waive the matriculation fee paid by students attending the School of Mines who transfer to Austin branch. • 1984 • The new University Library—a six story, 275,000 square foot structure— opens to students and faculty. It is designed to hold 1.2 million volumes.

The first football team, 1914
Prospector yearbook

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About UTEP


Chartered: April 16, 1913, by an Act of the 33rd Texas State Legislature as the State School of Mines and Metallurgy under the governance of the U.T. Board of Regents
First Day of Class: September 28, 1914
President: Diana Natalicio (since 1987) • Faculty: 1,267 • Staff: 1,830
Students: 23,397 (September 2015)
Status: 14,392 full time, 8,687 part time (2014-15) • Campus: 421 acres (El Paso campus); 38,000 acres (Indio Mountains Research Station)
Degrees awarded since founding: More than 113,000
Nickname: Miners
Enrollment data over the years: Click here

Source: UTEP Facts 2014 - 2015; C.L. Sonnichsen Special Collections Department, University of Texas at El Paso; Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin

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