University of Texas at El Paso
The University of Texas at El Paso
is part of the University of Texas System
. It lies on the eastern bank of the Rio Grande
, in El Paso, Texas
. Founded in 1913
as the Texas College of Mines, a mineshaft still exists on the mountainous, desert
campus. It is composed of buildings of Bhutanese architecture
, with massive sloping walls and overhanging roofs. Although the population of the campus was 99% white, in 1966
coach Don Haskins thrilled portions of the nation by winning an NCAA
National Championship with mostly African-American players, including 3 guards, thus breaking an unspoken barrier. By 1967
, the Board of Regents authorized that the name of the college be changed from Texas Western College to its present name.
Today, the institution is devoted to educating the diverse population which inhabits this isolated part of the nation.
University of Texas El Paso
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