University of Miami was chartered in 1925 by a group of citizens
who felt an institution of higher learning was needed for
the development of their young and growing community. The
South Florida land boom was at its peak, resources appeared
ample, optimism flowed, and expectations were high. Supporters
of the institution believed that the community offered unique
opportunities to develop inter-American studies, to further
creative work in the arts and letters, and to conduct teaching
and research programs in tropical studies.
the fall of 1926, when the first class of 560 students enrolled
at the University of Miami, the land boom had collapsed, and
hopes for a speedy recovery were dashed by a major hurricane.
In the next 15 years the University barely kept afloat. The
collapse in South Florida was a mere prelude to a national
economic depression. Such were the beginnings of what has
since become one of the nation's most distinguished private
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began in controversy. Some reports say the 1927 football team
held a team meeting to select Hurricanes, hoping they would
sweep away opponents just as the devastating storm did on
September 16, 1926. Another version holds that Miami News
columnist Jack Bell asked end Porter Norris of the 1926 team
what the team should be called. Told that the local dignitaries
and University officials wanted to name the team for a local
flora or fauna, Norris said the players wouldn't stand for
it and suggested Hurricanes since the opening
game had been postponed by such a storm.
time to time, opposition has arisen to the name that would
reinforce Miamis negative reputation as a weather-beaten
community living constantly under the threat of destruction.
But as one UM official rationalized in the 60s, Does
anyone think Chicago is overrun by bears just because the
town has a football team by that name? Read