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UNC's First National Champion Basketball Team

by Charly Mann


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W. Hall Arnold      3:41 PM Fri 12/23/2011

My mother was dating Jack Cobb during both the 1925 and 1926 season.

Jason Taylor      9:38 AM Wed 4/8/2009

I think this team mark the beginning of a great Carolina tradition.

Katie Merritt      8:46 PM Tue 4/7/2009

It looks like the tallest guy on this team is just under six feet tall. I doubt if any of these guys would be comprable in skill to players today.

Andrea Hensler      5:55 PM Tue 4/7/2009

I love seeing Duke called Trinity. I think starting in 1925, or even later in 1924, the name was changed to Duke.

Wendy Arthur      3:36 PM Tue 4/7/2009

Carolina and college basketball has changed a lot since 1924. Then it was students who played sports as an extracurricular activity. Now it is atheletes that go to school as an extracurricular activity.

Steven Peterson      12:53 PM Tue 4/7/2009

I was looking for a photo of this years team when I cam across this. Thanks for the history lesson.

Felix, Class of 1987      11:51 AM Tue 4/7/2009

It seems like instead of all the sportscasters saying UNC has just won its fifth national championship, they should say their "sixth." Go Heels!

Make-A-Bet Braxton      9:55 AM Tue 4/7/2009

You certainly provide a look at Chapel Hill from many angles. I live in Nevada, and really onty care about the UNC basketball team, but found several of your articles interesting.

Randy Crisp      8:24 AM Tue 4/7/2009

That game last night was fantastic. It reminded of how UCLA use to dominate their opponents in the NCAA finals with blowout<br \>victories. Maybe the Tarheels are at the beginning of a dynasty of dominance.<br \>The team in 1924 certainly had few close games in its season.

Adam Kent      6:05 PM Mon 4/6/2009

Maybe next year Carolina will go undefeated again. The last time a college team did this was in 1976 with Indiana under coach Bobby Knight. I know UCLA had two or more perfect seasons in the 60s, and of course the great UNC team of 1957 did the same.

Gerry Snow      4:13 PM Mon 4/6/2009

You really cover all the bases when it comes to Chapel Hill.

Terry Richards      3:10 PM Mon 4/6/2009

It is amazing how long this basketball tradition has stayed strong at North Carolina. I live in Iowa, but have been a Tarheel fan since I was a kid in the 1980s.

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There would probably be no Chapel Hill if the University of North Carolina Board of Trustees in 1793 had not chosen land across from New Hope Chapel for the location of the university. By 1800 there were about 100 people living in thirty houses surrounding the campus.



The University North Carolina's first student was Hinton James, who enrolled in February, 1795. There is now a dormitory on the campus named in his honor.





The University of North Carolina was closed from 1870 to 1875 because of lack of state funding.





William Ackland left his art collection and $1.25 million to Duke University in 1940 on the condition that he would be buried in the art museum that the University was to build with his bequest. Duke rejected this condition even though members of the Duke Family are buried in Duke Chapel. What followed was a long and acrimonious legal battle between Ackland relatives who now wanted the inheritance, Rollins College, and the University of North Carolina, each attempting to receive the funds. The case went all the way to the United States Supreme Court, and in 1949 UNC was awarded the money for the museum. Ackland is buried near the museum's entrance. When the museum first opened, in the early sixties, there were rumors that his remains were leaking out of the mausoleum.



The official name of the Arboretum on the University of North Carolina campus is the Coker Arboretum. It is named after Dr. William Cocker, the University's first botany professor. It occupies a little more than five acres. It was founded in 1903.



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Chapel Hill High School and Chapel Hill Junior High were on Franklin Street in the same location as University Square until the mid 1960s.



The Colonial Drug Store at 450 West Franklin Street was owned and operated by John Carswell. It was famous for a fresh-squeezed carbonated orange beverage called a "Big O". In the early 1970s, I managed the Record and Tape Center next door, and must have had over 100 of those drinks. The Colonial Drug Store closed in 1996.



Sutton's Drugstore, which opened in 1923, has one of the last soda fountains in the South. It is one of the few businesses remaining on Franklin Street that was in operation when I was growing up in the 1950s.



Future President Gerald Ford lived in Chapel Hill twice. First when he was 24, in 1938, he took a law couse in summer school at UNC. He lived in the Carr Building, which was a law school dormitory. At the same time, Richard Nixon, the man he served under as Vice President, was attending law school at Duke. In 1942, Ford returned to Chapel Hill to attend the U.S. Navy's Pre-Flight School training program. He lived in a rental house on Hidden Hills Drive.



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