The campaign to locate Delta State in Cleveland began several years before the doors opened for the first summer session in 1925. There is evidence that the subject was brought up for discussion as early as 1910 at a meeting of the Cleveland Business Men’s League. Senator Roberts would eventually take the idea all the way to the State House floor. Ultimately, the efforts of many people would lead to the start of a new institution. The humble beginnings of three buildings that were once the original Agricultural High School has grown to the bustling campus of today.
|In 1928, the first graduating class consisted of thirteen students. A tradition was established that the first degree was to be awarded on the basis of scholarship. Miss Mollie Bedwell of Cleveland, MS holds the distinction of receiving the first degree ever granted by Delta State Teachers College. The original 1925 staff of the institution consisted of a president, business manager, dietitian, and nine teachers.|
|Life in the Mississippi Delta offers a variety of experiences. However, as you might imagine, its southern climate doesn’t allow for much snow. A simple snow fall on campus would provide its own special brand of entertainment.|
|Delta State Teachers College would offer a number of workshops during the summer sessions to increase the awareness of physical education. They would range from aquatics to dance and were available to teachers, administrators, and supervisors. Margaret Holmes, a student from McComb, MS, aptly demonstrates her skills in a modern dance group.|