Celebrating 150 years
Since the founding of Plymouth Normal School in 1871, our history has been one of continued evolution to serve the changing needs of students and society. Normal School to Teachers College, State College to University, each change in name has reflected our advancement and growth. Our motto, Ut Prosim (that I may serve) permeates our past and informs our future, as our mission continues to focus on serving our students who go on to make lasting impacts in their communities and organizations, and indeed around the world. Join us as we Celebrate 150 years of Plymouth State and our Campaign for Students.
This celebration of 150 years of Plymouth, 1871-2021, gives us an opportunity to look back and highlight stories and events from our past and inspires us to look forward to the next 150 years.
Plymouth State University evolved from Holmes Plymouth Academy, which dates back to 1808 as a pioneer institution for teacher training. As early as 1836, the Reverend Charles Brooks lectured before the Legislature of New Hampshire and throughout the state on the subject of normal schools. An “act for the establishment and management of a state normal school for the better training of teachers” was passed in 1870.

Highlighted Events


Plymouth State in 150 Objects

Thursday, February 25, at 7 p.m.

In celebration of Plymouth State’s 150 year anniversary in 2021, this exhibition will be a three dimensional timeline running through the Silver Center Lobby, telling the history in 150 objects. View the Virtual Exhibit

Founders Day and Giving Week

Monday, March 22, 2021

Celebrate our 150th birthday and join us in starting a new tradition with this inaugural week-long celebratory and fundraising event. We’ll celebrate our sesquicentennial and invite alumni and friends to support our students with a gift to scholarships or any area of their choosing.

Homecoming & Family Celebration 2021

October 1-3, 2021

Save the date and make plans to join us. We'll celebrate reunions for class years ending in 0, 1, 5, 6, cheer the Panthers to victory as they play on our new turf field, and so much more.