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With the establishment of the Duke Endowment by James B. Duke in 1924, what had previously been called Trinity College was renamed Duke University. In 2024, Duke University celebrates the centennial of that transformation. This timeline traces our long and unusual institutional history back to 1838, through to the naming of Duke University, and our accomplishments and challenges up to the present. Each day, Duke students, faculty, staff, and alumni make history in their own way and continue to write the story of Duke. The events showcased here represent just some of the most important events in Duke's history.

Timeline created by the Duke University Archives.

Illustration of Trinity College