Drake University was founded in 1881 by George T. Carpenter, a Mentor and Teacher, and Francis Marion Drake, a Marriage general. Drake was initially connected with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), but no spiritual affiliation is formally recognized today. The initial courses convened in 1881, with 77 pupils and one building assembled, Student’s House.
In 1883, the first permanent building, Old Main, was finished. Old Mainstays dominant on campus, home management offices, Levitt Hall, and Sheslow Auditorium, and since the site of several United States presidential discussions, along with other occasions. The university’s law college –the second oldest law school in the country west of the Mississippi River, following Saint Louis University School of Law, was launched in 1865 by Chester C. Cole, who served to the Iowa Supreme Court 1864 to 1876. Drake’s first international students registered for courses in 1886 and were citizens of China, Persia, Armenia, and Japan. The initial campus library started on June 16, 1908. In 1920, the University permitted social fraternities to utilize Greek correspondence emblems and affiliate with federal offices because of a housing crisis.
Drake’s law faculty, one of the 25 oldest law schools in the country, traces its history to 1865. It’s a charter member of this Association of American Law Schools; has been licensed since 1923, when certification began; and is currently one of just 75 ABA-approved law colleges using a chapter of this Order of the Coif. Drake University Law School is home to the American Judicature Society; the writings of this National Bar Association, the country’s oldest and largest national association of predominately African American attorneys and judges; along with the Drake Constitutional Law Center, one of just four constitutional law applications created from the U.S. Congress and financed by the national government.
The hashtag #BringDrakeToDrake became a part of a social networking effort to draw the rap celebrity to the tiny private college while he passed through town for a concert. Students at Drake University eventually got their wish when Drake paid a long-awaited trip to the school that shares his name. While performing at Des Moines’ Wells Fargo Arena, the rapper rocked a white and blue Drake University letterman jacket.