Bandy Heritage Center

Overview

Original Photo Research & Text by Anne Haws & Sara Roberts
Introduction by Heather S. Shores
Photos courtesy of Dalton State College & the Derrell C. Roberts Library

As education improved and expanded in Georgia in the 1960s, the need for higher education in Northwest Georgia started to become a reality. With the junior college movement going strong throughout the state during this time of transition, several Northwest Georgia cities sought to bring a two-year school to their communities. The city of Dalton joined this effort, winning support from the community and the University System of Georgia for the establishment of Dalton Junior College, which opened its doors in 1967.

Since then, Dalton Junior College, now Dalton State College has stood the test of time, growing to meet the needs of its students and the community while reflecting the changing attitudes and trends of higher education in society. Now a four-year institution, Dalton State College continues to serve the needs of Northwest Georgia while expanding its reach to a global perspective. The following photographs demonstrate the past, present, and future of Dalton State College, a school that has moved from tradition to transition in Northwest Georgia.

1960s

The political and societal changes that marked the 1960s were reflected in the hopes and dreams of Dalton Junior College’s student body. The expanded educational and vocational training provided by the “college experience” encouraged students to look beyond the hills of northwest Georgia to a wider world of opportunity and promise.

1965 Chamber of Commerce - Photo Courtesy of Derrell C. Roberts Library, Dalton State College
1965 Chamber of Commerce - Photo Courtesy of Derrell C. Roberts Library, Dalton State College
Carl E. Sanders, 1966 - Photo Courtesy of Derrell C. Roberts Library, Dalton State College
Carl E. Sanders, 1966 - Photo Courtesy of Derrell C. Roberts Library, Dalton State College
First faculty meeting at DJC - Photo Courtesy of Derrell C. Roberts Library, Dalton State College
First faculty meeting at DJC - Photo Courtesy of Derrell C. Roberts Library, Dalton State College
DJC starts out with five buildings - Photo Courtesy of Derrell C. Roberts Library, Dalton State College
DJC starts out with five buildings - Photo Courtesy of Derrell C. Roberts Library, Dalton State College
Car Smash, 1968 - Photo Courtesy of Derrell C. Roberts Library, Dalton State College
Car Smash, 1968 - Photo Courtesy of Derrell C. Roberts Library, Dalton State College
Grading process in 1968 - Photo Courtesy of Derrell C. Roberts Library, Dalton State College
Grading process in 1968 - Photo Courtesy of Derrell C. Roberts Library, Dalton State College
Graduation, 1969 - Photo Courtesy of Derrell C. Roberts Library, Dalton State College
Graduation, 1969 - Photo Courtesy of Derrell C. Roberts Library, Dalton State College
First Birthday, 1969 - Photo Courtesy of Derrell C. Roberts Library, Dalton State College
First Birthday, 1969 - Photo Courtesy of Derrell C. Roberts Library, Dalton State College
Art Club, 1969-70 - Photo Courtesy of Derrell C. Roberts Library, Dalton State College
Art Club, 1969-70 - Photo Courtesy of Derrell C. Roberts Library, Dalton State College
First on-campus bookstore, 1968 - Photo Courtesy of Derrell C. Roberts Library, Dalton State College
First on-campus bookstore, 1968 - Photo Courtesy of Derrell C. Roberts Library, Dalton State College
Construction of the Science Building - Photo Courtesy of Derrell C. Roberts Library, Dalton State College
Construction of the Science Building - Photo Courtesy of Derrell C. Roberts Library, Dalton State College
First DJC library - Photo Courtesy of Derrell C. Roberts Library, Dalton State College
First DJC library - Photo Courtesy of Derrell C. Roberts Library, Dalton State College
1965 Chamber of Commerce - Photo Courtesy of Derrell C. Roberts Library, Dalton State College
Carl E. Sanders, 1966 - Photo Courtesy of Derrell C. Roberts Library, Dalton State College
First faculty meeting at DJC - Photo Courtesy of Derrell C. Roberts Library, Dalton State College
DJC starts out with five buildings - Photo Courtesy of Derrell C. Roberts Library, Dalton State College
Car Smash, 1968 - Photo Courtesy of Derrell C. Roberts Library, Dalton State College
Grading process in 1968 - Photo Courtesy of Derrell C. Roberts Library, Dalton State College
Graduation, 1969 - Photo Courtesy of Derrell C. Roberts Library, Dalton State College
First Birthday, 1969 - Photo Courtesy of Derrell C. Roberts Library, Dalton State College
Art Club, 1969-70 - Photo Courtesy of Derrell C. Roberts Library, Dalton State College
First on-campus bookstore, 1968 - Photo Courtesy of Derrell C. Roberts Library, Dalton State College
Construction of the Science Building - Photo Courtesy of Derrell C. Roberts Library, Dalton State College
First DJC library - Photo Courtesy of Derrell C. Roberts Library, Dalton State College

1970s

As Dalton Junior College matured it grew both physically and academically. New construction was a constant campus activity during the 1970s as classrooms and facilities expanded to accommodate the growing number of students. Educational opportunities grew as well in order to provide an increasingly diverse student population with the necessary skills and training to cope with increasingly complicated work environments.

New addition to the Pope Center is completed, 1972 - Photo Courtesy of Derrell C. Roberts Library, Dalton State College
New addition to the Pope Center is completed, 1972 - Photo Courtesy of Derrell C. Roberts Library, Dalton State College
Student Government - Photo Courtesy of Derrell C. Roberts Library, Dalton State College
Student Government - Photo Courtesy of Derrell C. Roberts Library, Dalton State College
The library was finished in 1972 - Photo Courtesy of Derrell C. Roberts Library, Dalton State College
The library was finished in 1972 - Photo Courtesy of Derrell C. Roberts Library, Dalton State College
The Boulder - Photo Courtesy of Derrell C. Roberts Library, Dalton State College
The Boulder - Photo Courtesy of Derrell C. Roberts Library, Dalton State College
Integration on campus - Photo Courtesy of Derrell C. Roberts Library, Dalton State College
Integration on campus - Photo Courtesy of Derrell C. Roberts Library, Dalton State College
Drafting and Design class - Photo Courtesy of Derrell C. Roberts Library, Dalton State College
Drafting and Design class - Photo Courtesy of Derrell C. Roberts Library, Dalton State College
Air Conditioning and Refrigeration class - Photo Courtesy of Derrell C. Roberts Library, Dalton State College
Air Conditioning and Refrigeration class - Photo Courtesy of Derrell C. Roberts Library, Dalton State College
Nursing students testing their skills on fellow students, 1972 - Photo Courtesy of Derrell C. Roberts Library, Dalton State College
Nursing students testing their skills on fellow students, 1972 - Photo Courtesy of Derrell C. Roberts Library, Dalton State College
Biology lecture - Photo Courtesy of Derrell C. Roberts Library, Dalton State College
Biology lecture - Photo Courtesy of Derrell C. Roberts Library, Dalton State College
Local band playing at the Spring Festival - Photo Courtesy of Derrell C. Roberts Library, Dalton State College
Local band playing at the Spring Festival - Photo Courtesy of Derrell C. Roberts Library, Dalton State College
Tricycle Race, 1970 - Photo Courtesy of Derrell C. Roberts Library, Dalton State College
Tricycle Race, 1970 - Photo Courtesy of Derrell C. Roberts Library, Dalton State College
1973-1974 Homecoming - Photo Courtesy of Derrell C. Roberts Library, Dalton State College
1973-1974 Homecoming - Photo Courtesy of Derrell C. Roberts Library, Dalton State College
Mitch Rider and the Detroit Wheels, 1970 - Photo Courtesy of Derrell C. Roberts Library, Dalton State College
Mitch Rider and the Detroit Wheels, 1970 - Photo Courtesy of Derrell C. Roberts Library, Dalton State College
New addition to the Pope Center is completed, 1972 - Photo Courtesy of Derrell C. Roberts Library, Dalton State College
Student Government - Photo Courtesy of Derrell C. Roberts Library, Dalton State College
The library was finished in 1972 - Photo Courtesy of Derrell C. Roberts Library, Dalton State College
The Boulder - Photo Courtesy of Derrell C. Roberts Library, Dalton State College
Integration on campus - Photo Courtesy of Derrell C. Roberts Library, Dalton State College
Drafting and Design class - Photo Courtesy of Derrell C. Roberts Library, Dalton State College
Air Conditioning and Refrigeration class - Photo Courtesy of Derrell C. Roberts Library, Dalton State College
Nursing students testing their skills on fellow students, 1972 - Photo Courtesy of Derrell C. Roberts Library, Dalton State College
Biology lecture - Photo Courtesy of Derrell C. Roberts Library, Dalton State College
Local band playing at the Spring Festival - Photo Courtesy of Derrell C. Roberts Library, Dalton State College
Tricycle Race, 1970 - Photo Courtesy of Derrell C. Roberts Library, Dalton State College
1973-1974 Homecoming - Photo Courtesy of Derrell C. Roberts Library, Dalton State College
Mitch Rider and the Detroit Wheels, 1970 - Photo Courtesy of Derrell C. Roberts Library, Dalton State College

1980s

With a Bachelor degree program in place, the 1980s saw the college lose its junior college status as it became a four-year institution with a new name to reflect that change. Even with this expansion of scope and complexity of mission, Dalton State retained its spirit of community and still offered a nurturing environment for young minds to explore a rapidly changing world.

Aerial View ca. 1987 - Photo Courtesy of Derrell C. Roberts Library, Dalton State College
Aerial View ca. 1987 - Photo Courtesy of Derrell C. Roberts Library, Dalton State College
The college gets a new sign  - Photo Courtesy of Derrell C. Roberts Library, Dalton State College
The college gets a new sign - Photo Courtesy of Derrell C. Roberts Library, Dalton State College
Technical Building, 1986 - Photo Courtesy of Derrell C. Roberts Library, Dalton State College
Technical Building, 1986 - Photo Courtesy of Derrell C. Roberts Library, Dalton State College
Automotive Mechanics class - Photo Courtesy of Derrell C. Roberts Library, Dalton State College
Automotive Mechanics class - Photo Courtesy of Derrell C. Roberts Library, Dalton State College
Graduate of the nursing program, 1979 - Photo Courtesy of Derrell C. Roberts Library, Dalton State College
Graduate of the nursing program, 1979 - Photo Courtesy of Derrell C. Roberts Library, Dalton State College
Continuing Education - Photo Courtesy of Derrell C. Roberts Library, Dalton State College
Continuing Education - Photo Courtesy of Derrell C. Roberts Library, Dalton State College
Student Orientation, 1989 - Photo Courtesy of Derrell C. Roberts Library, Dalton State College
Student Orientation, 1989 - Photo Courtesy of Derrell C. Roberts Library, Dalton State College
During the Week of Welcome - Photo Courtesy of Derrell C. Roberts Library, Dalton State College
During the Week of Welcome - Photo Courtesy of Derrell C. Roberts Library, Dalton State College
Halloween Costume Party, 1987 - Photo Courtesy of Derrell C. Roberts Library, Dalton State College
Halloween Costume Party, 1987 - Photo Courtesy of Derrell C. Roberts Library, Dalton State College
Game room - Photo Courtesy of Derrell C. Roberts Library, Dalton State College
Game room - Photo Courtesy of Derrell C. Roberts Library, Dalton State College
Ping Pong Club - Photo Courtesy of Derrell C. Roberts Library, Dalton State College
Ping Pong Club - Photo Courtesy of Derrell C. Roberts Library, Dalton State College
Bandy Gym - Photo Courtesy of Derrell C. Roberts Library, Dalton State College
Bandy Gym - Photo Courtesy of Derrell C. Roberts Library, Dalton State College
Blood Drive, 1984 - Photo Courtesy of Derrell C. Roberts Library, Dalton State College
Blood Drive, 1984 - Photo Courtesy of Derrell C. Roberts Library, Dalton State College
Student Center lounge - Photo Courtesy of Derrell C. Roberts Library, Dalton State College
Student Center lounge - Photo Courtesy of Derrell C. Roberts Library, Dalton State College
Faculty member Dr. Tom Deaton utilizes the library - Photo Courtesy of Derrell C. Roberts Library, Dalton State College
Faculty member Dr. Tom Deaton utilizes the library - Photo Courtesy of Derrell C. Roberts Library, Dalton State College
Aerial View ca. 1987 - Photo Courtesy of Derrell C. Roberts Library, Dalton State College
The college gets a new sign  - Photo Courtesy of Derrell C. Roberts Library, Dalton State College
Technical Building, 1986 - Photo Courtesy of Derrell C. Roberts Library, Dalton State College
Automotive Mechanics class - Photo Courtesy of Derrell C. Roberts Library, Dalton State College
Graduate of the nursing program, 1979 - Photo Courtesy of Derrell C. Roberts Library, Dalton State College
Continuing Education - Photo Courtesy of Derrell C. Roberts Library, Dalton State College
Student Orientation, 1989 - Photo Courtesy of Derrell C. Roberts Library, Dalton State College
During the Week of Welcome - Photo Courtesy of Derrell C. Roberts Library, Dalton State College
Halloween Costume Party, 1987 - Photo Courtesy of Derrell C. Roberts Library, Dalton State College
Game room - Photo Courtesy of Derrell C. Roberts Library, Dalton State College
Ping Pong Club - Photo Courtesy of Derrell C. Roberts Library, Dalton State College
Bandy Gym - Photo Courtesy of Derrell C. Roberts Library, Dalton State College
Blood Drive, 1984 - Photo Courtesy of Derrell C. Roberts Library, Dalton State College
Student Center lounge - Photo Courtesy of Derrell C. Roberts Library, Dalton State College
Faculty member Dr. Tom Deaton utilizes the library - Photo Courtesy of Derrell C. Roberts Library, Dalton State College

1990s

In the 1990s, the technology boom demanded changes in education and training for young people entering the workforce. Dalton State embraced this change and quickly expanded student opportunity in the fields of computer programming and science. But even as the educational focus changed, Dalton State never lost its core commitment of community service and outreach.

1991 8 Ball Tournament - Photo Courtesy of Derrell C. Roberts Library, Dalton State College
1991 8 Ball Tournament - Photo Courtesy of Derrell C. Roberts Library, Dalton State College
Arcade and video games in the game room - Photo Courtesy of Derrell C. Roberts Library, Dalton State College
Arcade and video games in the game room - Photo Courtesy of Derrell C. Roberts Library, Dalton State College
Chemistry class - Photo Courtesy of Derrell C. Roberts Library, Dalton State College
Chemistry class - Photo Courtesy of Derrell C. Roberts Library, Dalton State College
Secretarial Science Typing class - Photo Courtesy of Derrell C. Roberts Library, Dalton State College
Secretarial Science Typing class - Photo Courtesy of Derrell C. Roberts Library, Dalton State College
Filling and Record class - Photo Courtesy of Derrell C. Roberts Library, Dalton State College
Filling and Record class - Photo Courtesy of Derrell C. Roberts Library, Dalton State College
Drafting class, 1994 - Photo Courtesy of Derrell C. Roberts Library, Dalton State College
Drafting class, 1994 - Photo Courtesy of Derrell C. Roberts Library, Dalton State College
DSC Greenhouse - Photo Courtesy of Derrell C. Roberts Library, Dalton State College
DSC Greenhouse - Photo Courtesy of Derrell C. Roberts Library, Dalton State College
Instructions on using dot matrix printer, 1989 - Photo Courtesy of Derrell C. Roberts Library, Dalton State College
Instructions on using dot matrix printer, 1989 - Photo Courtesy of Derrell C. Roberts Library, Dalton State College
Upstairs library, 1993 - Photo Courtesy of Derrell C. Roberts Library, Dalton State College
Upstairs library, 1993 - Photo Courtesy of Derrell C. Roberts Library, Dalton State College
Library front desk, 1994 - Photo Courtesy of Derrell C. Roberts Library, Dalton State College
Library front desk, 1994 - Photo Courtesy of Derrell C. Roberts Library, Dalton State College
Center for Continuing Education - Photo Courtesy of Derrell C. Roberts Library, Dalton State College
Center for Continuing Education - Photo Courtesy of Derrell C. Roberts Library, Dalton State College
1991 8 Ball Tournament - Photo Courtesy of Derrell C. Roberts Library, Dalton State College
Arcade and video games in the game room - Photo Courtesy of Derrell C. Roberts Library, Dalton State College
Chemistry class - Photo Courtesy of Derrell C. Roberts Library, Dalton State College
Secretarial Science Typing class - Photo Courtesy of Derrell C. Roberts Library, Dalton State College
Filling and Record class - Photo Courtesy of Derrell C. Roberts Library, Dalton State College
Drafting class, 1994 - Photo Courtesy of Derrell C. Roberts Library, Dalton State College
DSC Greenhouse - Photo Courtesy of Derrell C. Roberts Library, Dalton State College
Instructions on using dot matrix printer, 1989 - Photo Courtesy of Derrell C. Roberts Library, Dalton State College
Upstairs library, 1993 - Photo Courtesy of Derrell C. Roberts Library, Dalton State College
Library front desk, 1994 - Photo Courtesy of Derrell C. Roberts Library, Dalton State College
Center for Continuing Education - Photo Courtesy of Derrell C. Roberts Library, Dalton State College

2000s

No longer just a two-year junior college preparing the region’s young minds to transfer to larger institutions, Dalton State is now a destination school for Northwest Georgia and beyond. The college continues to grow both physically and spiritually with new facilities and an expanding and culturally diverse student population. 

Graduation, 2009 - Photo Courtesy of Derrell C. Roberts Library, Dalton State College
Graduation, 2009 - Photo Courtesy of Derrell C. Roberts Library, Dalton State College
Club Sports - Photo Courtesy of Derrell C. Roberts Library, Dalton State College
Club Sports - Photo Courtesy of Derrell C. Roberts Library, Dalton State College
New addition - Parking deck - Photo Courtesy of Derrell C. Roberts Library, Dalton State College
New addition - Parking deck - Photo Courtesy of Derrell C. Roberts Library, Dalton State College
Bell Tower - Photo Courtesy of Derrell C. Roberts Library, Dalton State College
Bell Tower - Photo Courtesy of Derrell C. Roberts Library, Dalton State College
New addition - Residential Housing - Photo Courtesy of Derrell C. Roberts Library, Dalton State College
New addition - Residential Housing - Photo Courtesy of Derrell C. Roberts Library, Dalton State College
Rage, the Roadrunner - Photo Courtesy of Derrell C. Roberts Library, Dalton State College
Rage, the Roadrunner - Photo Courtesy of Derrell C. Roberts Library, Dalton State College
Graduation, 2009 - Photo Courtesy of Derrell C. Roberts Library, Dalton State College
Club Sports - Photo Courtesy of Derrell C. Roberts Library, Dalton State College
New addition - Parking deck - Photo Courtesy of Derrell C. Roberts Library, Dalton State College
Bell Tower - Photo Courtesy of Derrell C. Roberts Library, Dalton State College
New addition - Residential Housing - Photo Courtesy of Derrell C. Roberts Library, Dalton State College
Rage, the Roadrunner - Photo Courtesy of Derrell C. Roberts Library, Dalton State College