History of Hendrix



World War II greatly affected Hendrix male faculty and student enrollment. Intercollegiate sports were dropped or curtailed. Intercollegiate football was discontinued, but sports continued to be emphasized through intramurals and the Department of Health and Recreation.

The Profile became the only weekly college paper in the South with a regular comic section.


President Reynolds condemned Arkansas anti-Japanese legislation.

New (and present) "Alma Mater" performed in chapel for the first time.


John Hugh Reynolds retired after 32 years as Hendrix president. The Board of Trustees announced Dr. Matt L. Ellis, the president of Henderson State Teachers College, as the new president of Hendrix.

Due to greater social opportunities and other factors, the student body voted to disband the Greek system. Hendrix is proud to be one of the few private colleges without a Greek system.

Excited coeds created "bedlam" in Conway drug store over seeing returned servicemen.

Reservation 1946


Male student enrollment increased substantially with support from the "G.I. Bill." Trailers on campus provided temporary housing for the growing numbers of married students. The temporary housing area became known as the "Reservation."

Varsity football was reinstated and continued until 1956.


Martin Hall roof and attic burned.

Photographs of Robin on Hendrix campus appear in Life magazine.

Students 21 and over may keep cars on campus.


Students inaugurated "Kampus Kitty," an annual fund-raising campaign for charity and service organizations.

The graduation class of 137 students was the largest to date at the college.


The new student center and dining hall, Hulen Hall, opened.

Soda Fountain 1950