1954

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1954 in Clemson history

  • Johnstone Hall is erected.
  • Lake Issaqueena is drained for ecological renewal and numerous sand-filled M38A2 100-pound Practice Bombs are seen in the lake bottom, left from the use of the World War II Issaqueena Bombing Range. The exposed bombs are disposed of in 1955. The lake is not completely drained and therefore the possibility of additional practice bombs in deeper portions of the lake exists.
  • The Tiger mascot appears on the Clemson sidelines for the first time. He joins the Country Gentleman, a Clemson representative since 1939.
  • May 17: The United States District Court for the District of Kansas rules that school segregation on the basis of race is illegal, in decision on the case of Brown v. the Board of Education.
  • July 10: Future Clemson head football coach Tommy Bowden born in Birmingham, Alabama.
  • September 13: The new dining hall, later named Harcombe Commons, opens for breakfast for the first time. College officials, trustees, and representatives of the architectural and construction firms are on hand for an informal dedication. Following breakfast, Dr. R. F. Poole, president of the college, introduced Charles E. Daniel, of Greenville, who was recently appointed as a state senator. Sen. Daniel speaks to the cadets and visitors, observing that the construction of new facilities including the dormitories and agricultural buildings brings the value of new projects on campus within the past five years to some $15 million. The dining hall is part of a $4.5 million dormitory project. Dr. Poole then expresses pride in the new dorms, and urges cadets to take care of them to preserve them for future students. Dr. Poole introduces Dr. R. M. Cooper, of Wisacky, chairman of the Board of Trustees; Mr. Buck Mickle, of Greenville, project manager; and Mr. Bill Lyles, of Columbia, of the architectural firm of Lyles, Bissett, Carlisle and Wolff. Each makes a short speech of appreciation for being invited to the opening. Three other trustees are present but make no remarks: Dr. Joe B. Douthit, of Pendleton; Dr. W. A. Barnette, of Greenwood; and Mr. T. W. Thornhill, of Charleston. Also present is Mr. J. H. McHugh, who also ate the first meal in the old Clemson Mess Hall that was razed earlier this year. Following the meal, the visitors and college officials make a tour of the kitchen facilities. (The Tiger, "Many Dignitaries Attend Opening Of New Dining Hall Monday Morning", Thursday 16 September 1954, Volume XLVII, Number 2, page 1.)
  • September 17: Section B, the first portion of Johnstone Hall to be completed, is finished this date. (The Tiger, "Dormitory Section B To Open Next Week", Thursday 16 September 1954, Volume XLVII, Number 2, page 1.)
  • September 18: The Tigers blank the Presbyterian Blue Stockings, 33-0, in a Memorial Stadium night game. WLOS-TV, channel 13, begins broadcasting this date, along with WLOS radio (1380 AM, now WKJV), owned by Skyway Broadcasting Company. It has always been an ABC affiliate, and is the second-longest tenured primary ABC affiliate south of Washington, D.C. (behind Lynchburg's WSET-TV, ironically also on channel 13). With an antenna on Mt. Pisgah, the highest transmission tower east of the Mississippi River, the station's signal reached much of the Upstate of South Carolina.
  • September 20: Cadets occupy Section B of Johnstone Hall for the first time. The newly completed section was cleaned, and furniture installed over the weekend. (The Tiger, "Dormitory Section B To Open Next Week", Thursday 16 September 1954, Volume XLVII, Number 2, page 1.)
  • September 25: In a road trip to Georgia, Clemson is defeated, 7-14.
  • October 2: The Tigers lose home game to Virginia Tech, 7-18. VPI will have an 8-0-1 season.
  • October 9: Clemson defeats fourteenth-ranked Florida, 14-7, in a game played in Jacksonville.
  • October 21: Clemson is defeated by the University of South Carolina, 8-13, in Columbia.
  • October 30: Clemson meets Wake Forest in Charlotte, North Carolina, winning, 32-20.
  • November 6: The Tigers defeat Furman, 27-6, in Memorial Stadium.
  • November 13: In road trip to College Park, the Tigers fall, 0-16, to seventeenth-ranked Terrapins.
  • November 20: Clemson travels to Auburn, loses, 6-27.
  • November 27: To round out a 5-5 season, Clemson wallops The Citadel, 59-0, in Memorial Stadium. Tigers are 1-2 in conference, for fifth place in the ACC.
  • December 4: M-G-M releases cartoon "Dixieland Droopy" in which Droopy directs his 78 rpm record of "Tiger Rag".



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