Errol Dearborn, Farmington State Normal School, 1918


In 1918, World War I had emptied the Normal School of male students. This picture of Errol Dearborn comes from a classmate's photo album. Her caption reads: "Mr. Dearborn - our only boy but he was good enough so we didn't need any others. He was our class president. The girls all liked him but Nan faired better than the rest."

Dearborn became a teacher at the Normal School in 1922. An avid supporter of all collegiate athletics, he coached many of the school's teams - at times even playing on the baseball team to make enough players.

He launched and led the drive to build a gymnasium, which resulted in the construction of Alumni Gymnasium in 1931. In 1965, the Farmington State Teachers College named its new athletic facility Dearborn Gymnasium in his honor.

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