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  • Athol L. Miller, Jr

    Athol L. Miller, Jr

    In 1895, a precedent was set at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute when Athol L. Miller, Jr. from Duluth graciously bestowed the first ever property bequest upon the institution. This generous legacy marked a significant milestone, amplifying RPI’s capacity to foster academic and technological advancement. As we reflect upon our 200-year journey, Miller’s pioneering gesture stands as a testimony to the enduring support and belief in RPI’s mission. This inaugural act of philanthropy propelled a tradition of giving, underlining the community’s shared ambition towards pioneering the future. Celebrating this pivotal moment, we look forward to centuries more of shared vision and transformative contributions.

  • Debut of RPI hockey
    January 25, 1902

    Debut of RPI hockey

    1902: RPI’s Icy Inception. Marking its debut in the winter landscape, RPI’s ice hockey took its first glide, albeit with a 4-1 setback against Williams College. For years, the elements of Cohoes, New York’s Ship Street Rink tested their resolve, with unpredictable ice pushing the sport into hiatus in 1938. Yet, a resilient spirit echoed in RPI’s ethos. By 1945, the Field House’s indoor rink heralded the team’s triumphant return, symbolizing perseverance and a two-century legacy of facing challenges head-on.

  • Garnet Douglass Baltimore

    Garnet Douglass Baltimore

    Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute: 200 Years of Breaking Barriers and Building Communities

    In 1903, Garnet Douglass Baltimore, Class of 1881 and Troy native, achieved more than personal success; he made history as Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s first African-American graduate and engineer. His influence extended beyond classrooms and textbooks as he masterfully sculpted landmarks like Prospect Park in Troy and Forest Park Cemetery in Brunswick, New York.

    Baltimore’s groundbreaking ‘firsts’ were more than individual triumphs; they were monumental steps in RPI’s commitment to inclusivity and societal impact. His work not only beautified cities but also helped to break down racial barriers in engineering and academia.

    As we celebrate our bicentennial, Baltimore’s legacy resonates as an enduring testament to RPI’s pledge to educate, empower, and inspire leaders who reflect the rich tapestry of human diversity.


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