Humboldt magazine concludes its look into the history of Humboldt State with the final installment of HSU’s historical timeline. From 1987 to 2013, expanding research facilities and a growing recognition as an academic powerhouse marked this period of campus history.

  • 1987

    Students adopt the Graduation Pledge, which reads, “I pledge to explore and take into account the social and environmental consequences of any job I consider and will try to improve these aspects of any organizations for which I work.” Hundreds of universities worldwide have since adopted the pledge.

  • Ronald Reagan visits campus


    Alumnus Mark Conover (’81, Natural Resources Planning & Interpretation) wins the marathon at the Olympic Trials and competes in the Olympics in Seoul, South Korea. Conover is inducted into the Humboldt State Athletics Hall of Fame in 1993.

  • Marine Lab

    May 1989

    Humboldt State Museum of Natural History opens. Private donors and foundations from the community worked together to create the community asset.

  • Students on strike


    Campus dedicates the 125-foot Pacific Hunter as a research vessel. The ship, a gift from Gib Hunter and Eureka Fisheries, Inc, was originally commissioned as a Coast Guard Cutter in 1927.

  • Film Festival

    Spring 1995

    Women's intercollegiate crew and soccer teams established. HSU is among the first in the CSU system to meet the standards of a 1993 agreement between the Cal State system and the National Organization for Women, which calls for more equitable representation and funding between male and female sports programs.

  • Marching Lumberjacks


    Students vote 3-to-1 against adopting the Marbled Murrelet as school’s mascot.

    The Lumberjack has been the school’s official mascot since 1936, when it replaced the Thunderbolts. Lucky Logger got his start in 1959.

  • Pod Chair


    First Street Gallery opens in Eureka. Hundreds of HSU Art students have since gained first-hand experience in art museum and gallery practices.

  • April 24, 1998

    Researchers from the Schatz Energy Research Center debut country’s first street-legal hydrogen-powered car, the Neighborhood Electric Vehicle.

  • Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

    Summer 1998

    Campus dedicates the 90-foot Coral Sea research vessel, replacing the Pacific Hunter.

  • Forestry Building fire


    Softball team wins its first NCAA Division II National Championship. The team would capture a second national victory in 2008.

  • Aviary


    Rollin Richmond succeeds Alistair McCrone to become Humboldt State's sixth president.

  • Football Players


    HSU receives a $7.4 million bequest from the Schatz Trust—the single largest gift ever given to the university. It brings the total contributed by Louis W. Schatz to about $15 million.

  • Football Players


    Alumnus Ken Fisher (above left) establishes the Kenneth L. Fisher Chair in Redwood Forest Ecology. It is the first named chair at Humboldt State and the first endowed chair in the world to support the study of a single tree species. Stephen C. Sillett is the first to hold the endowed chair.

  • Football Players


    The 84,000-square-foot Behavioral and Social Sciences Building opens. It’s the first building in the CSU system to earn a LEED® gold rating—the second highest rating bestowed by the U.S. Green Building Council.

    Students vote to create the Humboldt Energy Independence Fund. Using funds from a self-imposed fee, the program supports student-designed energy efficiency projects on campus.

  • Football Players

    Fall 2008

    The student-designed Hydrogen Fueling Station debuts, connecting HSU to California’s Hydrogen Highway. A pair of modified Toyotas comprise the hydrogen-powered fleet.

  • Football Players

    Fall 2008

    The Kinesiology & Athletics Building opens. It includes a pool, classrooms, offices and a gymnasium.

  • Football Players


    HSU opens the College Creek Apartments near the south entrance of campus. The complex features room for 434 students and an NCAA-regulation soccer field.

  • Football Players

    Fall 2011

    Campus bans single-use plastic water bottles from campus eateries. HSU is the first university in California, and only the third nationwide, to enact such a ban.

  • Football Players


    Women’s Rowing team wins its first NCAA Division II National Championship.

  • Football Players

    August 14, 2013

    HSU begins its Centennial Celebration with the HSU 100th Birthday Festival on the Arcata Plaza. Events and activities continue through commencement in May 2014.