E.C. Huffaker, Class of 1880, worked with the Wright Brothers at Kitty Hawk.
Robert E.L. Humphreys, Class of 1889, devised an efficient way to distill gasoline from crude oil.
Frank Rowlett, Class of 1929, helped the U.S. win WWII by breaking secret codes used by Japan.
Glenn Roberts '35 is credited as one of the inventors of the jump shot. According to the Naismith Hall of Fame, the three-second rule was invented to slow down Glenn's scoring.
Emory & Henry is home to five Emmy Award winners: Joel Hilton '98, Eric Scott '88, Jeff Tewksbury '82, Jay Webb '99 and Bonnie Widener Wood '90.
Class of 1984 graduate Toni Atkins, former interim mayor of San Diego, is now Majority Whip of the California Assembly. She recently served a short stint as Governor of California.
Emory & Henry's oldest living alumna is Jean Christy, who is 110 years old.
Tarah Taylor, Class of 2003, served as the noon anchor for WCYB News Channel 5 in Bristol for many years.
Doug Dalton, Class of 1994, dot com wiz, owns seven trendy bars in San Francisco, Calif.
Mike Austin, Class of 1975, is a professional opera singer with Stuttgart Opera.
Emily Wallace, Class of 2004, is a writer and illustrator and Director of Communications for The Center for the Study of the American South at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.
Luke Grooms, Class of 2001, is a professional vocalist and opera singer.
Erick Long, Class of 1991, is the Senior Vice President for the Academy of Country Music in Los Angeles.
A little history
Emory & Henry was founded as an all-male institution in 1836.
The College is named for Bishop John Emory and Governor Patrick Henry.
The College closed only once in its history: during the Civil War. The building on the site of what is now Wiley Hall was used as a hospital during the war.
During World War II, the U.S. Navy used the Emory & Henry campus as an officer training site under the V-12 program.
A train carrying Elvis Presley once made a stop in Emory.
The first game the Vols played in the University of Tennessee's Neyland Stadium was against Emory & Henry. Because E&H held the Vols scoreless for two quarters, newspapers said E&H athletes ". . .swarmed like wasps. . ." and "gave the Vols. . .quite a stinging. . .".
The E&H football team made two appearances in the Tangerine Bowl—now the Capital One Bowl—in 1950 and 1951.
The Emory & Henry Alma Mater: Hail, Emory!
Across the hills of old Virginia There comes a melody divine; It fills our hearts with eager longing, And sweetest mem'ries there entwine. It brings the thought of alma mater, And friends we love so true. So now we're singing, voices ringing, Love we're bringing you. Rah, Rah, Rah! Hail, Em'ry! Hail, Em'ry! Hail blue and gold! True as of old! Hail, Em'ry! Hail, Em'ry! Hail to old E.H.C.!
By J.A. Morrow, E&H Class of 1916
The E&H Fight Song
We're Emory Born and Emory Bred, and when we die, we'll be Emory dead. So rah, rah for Emory & Henry, rah, rah for Emory & Henry, rah, rah for Emory, rah, rah, rah!
The blue and gold will reign on high. We'll win this game tonight or die. So rah, rah for Emory & Henry, rah, rah for Emory & Henry, rah, rah for Emory, rah, rah, rah!