The Brevard College was named after Ephraim Brevard, a professor and one of the local leaders who created the Declaration of Independence of Mecklenburg / Mecklenburg in 1775. Brevard College traces its history to three institutions: Weaver College, a two-and four-year school established in Buncombe County in 1853 by the Brothers of Temperance; Rutherford College, founded in 1853 as the Owl Hollow School in Burke County (and named after Rutherford College, North Carolina); and Brevard Institute, a high school opened in 1895 by Asheville Bus.
In 1933, the Western North Carolina Annual Conference decided to merge the Weaver and Rutherford Colleges into a single co-educational Junior Methodist College on the site of the old Brevard Institute. In the fall of 1934, five Weaver faculty and 30 Weaver students moved to the new location as part of the opening, which included 24 faculty members and 394 students. The Brevard College Stone Fence and Gate was built by the Works Progress Administration in 1936-1937 and was included in the National Register of Historic Places in 1993.
The Brevard College Tornados were competing in the NCAA Division III as a member of the South Athletic Conference of the USA. Athletics plays a major role in the life scene of the Brevard College and is an important part of the institution’s culture. School field athletic teams in baseball, basketball, cheerleading, running, cross country, cycling, football, lacrosse, soccer, softball, tennis, track and field, and women’s volleyball.
Formerly, Brevard University Tornados played at the Appalachian Athletic Conference of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. Brevard became a full member of Division III of the National Collegiate Athletic Association in 2008. In the fall of 2006, the college field saw a football team for the first time since the 1950s. Disk golf is also a popular campus leisure activity; Brevard competes with other local colleges in several annual tournaments. In the fall of 2009, the Tornados mountain bike team (only in their third season) won their first national championship after finishing fourth in 2008 and finishing eighth in 2007. The team won their second national championship in 2010. The team won their third national championship in 2012.
You will find this school in the beautiful Asheville, North Carolina, along with these other must-see places of interest:
- Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College (Asheville)
- Black Mountain College (Black Mountain: 1933–1957)
- Shaw University College of Adult and Professional Education or C.A.P.E.
- Brevard College (Brevard)
- Lenoir-Rhyne University – Center for Graduate Studies of Asheville (Asheville)
- Mars Hill University (Mars Hill)
- Montreat College (Montreat)
- The University of North Carolina at Asheville (Asheville)
- Warren Wilson College
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