When Arizona became a state 100 years ago, what is now Arizona State University was nearly 30 years old. ASU has grown to have the largest student population of any U.S. university, but it began as the Normal School of Arizona. It was a frontier institution developed to train public school teachers.
The Tempe Historical Society will highlight ASU's evolution from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8, when university archivist Rob Spindler will discuss now the tiny school struggled to improve education in the Southwest and eventually grew into today's university. The event is at the Pyle Adult Recreation Center, 655 E. Southern Ave.