The Freshman Parade was held in conjunction with freshman day on the North Texas campus in the 1920s. Among the day’s activities were athletic contests between the Fish (freshmen) and the upper classmen, student and faculty speeches, and a movie presentation at night. Seen here are freshmen in cars decorated and prepared to parade down Avenue A to Hickory Street, from Hickory to the Denton Square, and from the Square to return to campus by Oak Street.
Early students lived either with local families or in boarding houses. In the early 1900s students paid between ten and fourteen dollars per month for such accommodations. In 1903, President Kendall sent out a number of memos concerning living conditions of the Normal Students, including these from January focusing on firewood and sanitation procedures.
Student handbooks were a popular way of passing important information on to new students. The guides contained information about rules, regulations, all college social events, organizations, student publications, approved boarding houses, the library, athletics, and common songs students should be familiar with, plus a map of campus.
Students were encouraged to take part in extracurricular activities, such as the Kendall-Bruce Literary Society, the Mary Arden Club, and the yearbook. In the early days of the college, however, students were limited in the number of activities they were allowed to take part in based on a point system, with a maximum of 20 points allowed. Certain activities considered more intensive, such as holding an editorship, were worth more points than other activities. A student could choose to divide their points among just a few large activities or among many smaller ones.