What You Didn't Know About Wright State

  • Wright State University was established in 1964 as a branch campus of Miami University and the Ohio State University.
  • The original concept for the creation of a new university in Dayton came from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, as a means of enhancing the Research and Development Program of its Aeronautical Research Laboratory.
  • In 1965, The Ohio State Legislature provided for the “Dayton Campus” to become an independent university once enrollment exceeded 5,000 students. Independent status was achieved in 1967.
  • When selecting a name for the new university, a list was compiled of over 50 possible names. Some of the other names considered were Dayton State University, Southwest Ohio State University, Shawnee University, Four Rivers University, and Mad River University.
  • Between 1964 and 1970, student enrollment at Wright State increased from 3,203 to over 11,000 students.
  • In 1968, soccer became Wright State’s first intercollegiate sport. A team of walk-ons, coached by Bela Wollner, compiled a record of 8-3-2.
  • In 1993, Wright State’s men’s basketball team defeated Valparaiso 82-72 to win the Mid-Continent Conference Championship. They went on to play in the NCAA Tournament, where they lost to Bobby Knight’s Indiana Hoosiers.
  • Actor Martin Sheen conducted a Masters level seminar for the Department of Theatre, Dance and Motion Pictures in 1997. He also performed in several benefit performances of “Love Letters”, and established a scholarship in the name of his father, Francisco Estevez.
  • In 1997, WSU film student Brian Whitley was nominated for a Student Academy Award by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for his short film, “NightSwimming.”
  • “1913: The Great Dayton Flood”, an original play of the Department of Theatre, Dance and Motion Pictures, was performed at the Kennedy Center in 1997, where it won a number of awards from the American College Theatre Festival.

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