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Pearl River College Alma Mater

O Pearl River College we’re loyal to you.
To our alma mater we’re faithful and true.
You stand on the hills with the tall swaying pines.
The symbol of all honor you’ll be through all time.

You stand for the highest, and we will uphold
Your standards and colors of maroon and gold.
And where’ere we wander from these halls so dear,
The clear call of our college we will always hear.

Pearl River Community College enjoys a rich heritage and holds a distinctive place in Mississippi's educational history.  Founded as Pearl River County Agricultural High School in 1909, a member of the nation's first state-funded agricultural high school system, Pearl River College is the oldest publicly funded two-year institution of higher learning in Mississippi and the 16th oldest in the U.S.  It began offering freshman college classes in September of 1921, which led educators and progressive thinkers in Mississippi to seek a two-year system of higher education institutions.  Pearl River led the way in the establishment of the nation's first system of state-funded junior colleges in the nation.

Holding the honor of being the state's oldest public community or junior college carries with it the responsibility to tell its history and the history of the people who founded it.  The area of Mississippi that birthed this college was populated with people of extreme foresight.  It is the fabric that made up these early educators, parents and students that has been woven into the very heart of Pearl River College.

Opening its doors to the county's children on September 8, 1909, Pearl River County Agricultural High School administrators soon saw the need for further educational opportunities for its students, which they did in 1921.  By 1925, Sophomore classes were added.

In 1936 Pearl River Junior College and High School added a military curriculum and a Reserve Officer Training Corps unit.  It was the nation's first junior college to do so.

It is this dedication to educational excellence that is showcased in the Pearl River Community College Museum.

Arrowheads, spear tips, knifes, pottery on loan - Click for larger imageThe museum is housed in the south wing of the 62-year-old Hancock Hall, one of many fine old buildings on campus.  It currently occupies the entire south wing of the hall.

Featuring American Indian artifacts along with artifact collections from the school's long past, the museum is a journey into Pearl River College's history.  A timeline exhibit outlines the complete history of the Part of athletics display in main room - Click for larger imagecollege and a brief history of the area.

The college's history of athletics is showcased in one area, while the college's music program occupies another.  A dorm room demonstrates life on campus in the late 40's and early 50's, while a room is devoted entirely to the founding institution, Pearl River County Agricultural High School.