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1939 in Clemson History


The Class of 1939


Notable Alumni


Events in 1939

  • Construction of Sirrine Hall begins.
  • After five years in existence, IPTAY abandons the secret ritual aspect of the organization's character and becomes an open operation.
  • Led by All-American player Banks McFadden, Clemson wins its first conference basketball championship.
  • March 28: Clemson Agricultural College Business Manager J.C. Littlejohn writes to David J. Watson, spokesman for the Class of 1915, to inform him that the board of trustees has approved their proposal to erect a bandstand on campus with funds collected by the class, the design and location to be approved by the board.
  • November 13: Clemson appears in the Associated Press football rankings for the first time after defeating Wake Forest 20-7, upping the season record to 6-1.
  • December: Construction begins on the outdoor theatre.
  • December 8: Clemson's 1939 Football Team accepts its first postseason bowl bid to appear in the Cotton Bowl on New Years Day, 1940.
  • December 11: Clemson ranked twelfth in the final Associated Press poll, the Tigers' first ever appearance in a post-regular season AP ranking.
  • December 15: Banks McFadden named first team All-American by Associated Press and third team selection by United Press. He is the first Clemson player honored by the AP. He also repeats his 1938 basketball All-American status.

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