History and Tresures

In its 100-year history, Radford has undergone several name changes. However, the word “Radford” has always been incorporated in each name. Regardless of what the university was called during your time on campus, we are all Radford alumni. The university’s previous names and corresponding years are below:

  • The State Normal and Industrial School for Women at Radford, 1910
  • Radford State Teachers College, 1924
  • Radford College, the Women’s Division of VPI, 1943
  • Radford College, 1964
  • Radford University, 1979

Treasures and Traditions

School Colors: At its founding in early 1900, purple and gray were chosen as Radford’s school colors. Today, Radford University’s colors are red and white.

Mascot: The Highlander

“If we work upon marble, it will perish.
If we work upon brass, time will efface it.
If we rear temples, they will crumble to dust.
But if we work upon men’s immortal minds,
If we imbue them with high principles,
With the just fear of God and love of their fellow man,
We engrave on those tablets
Something which no time can efface,
And which will brighten and brighten to all eternity."
Daniel Webster, 1852, Faneuil Hall Speech

Alma Mater Lyrics:
Hail all Hail! To our Alma Mater
Bare our heads, make the welkin ring;
Hers our hearts and our fond allegiance
Honors to her we bring
Praise her broad and lofty aim,
Her purpose never will fail;
Hail to thee, our Alma Mater,
Hail, all Hail!
Hail, all Hail! To the Radford College
Give three cheers, and then one cheer more;
Let the praise of our Alma Mater
Echo from shore to shore;
She is ours and our loyalty
Will never, never fail.
Hail to thee our Alma Mater,
Hail, all Hail!