UTEP continues centennial celebration
El Paso, TX (KTSM) — The celebrations continue at UTEP, as the college is celebrating its 100th anniversary this week.
The hoopla is especially meaningful for Robert Harris. The El Paso man has a close connection to the college. His grandfather was the school's first graduate and Vere Leasure went on to become the school's first associate professor of chemistry.
He also started the school magazine -- The Prospector -- and also now has an El Paso street named after him: Vere Leasure Drive.
"The year 1914, they had 27 students," said Harris. "My grandfather graduated in 1913 but they don't want to have graduation ceremonies for just one guy so they held off and he graduated with everybody else the next year."
Back then, UTEP was known as the Texas State School of Mines and Metallurgy and the campus was located where Fort Bliss is today.
It moved to its current location after a fire destroyed most of the buildings on the old campus.