125th Anniversary


In 1893, the Wisconsin Legislature established the Superior Normal School, the University of Wisconsin-Superior’s predecessor, to train teachers. From a graduating class of twelve students in 1897, the University has grown to 2,590 students, 54 degree programs, and four research institutes.

Innovation and quality were hallmarks at Superior from its earliest days and continue to be core to the institution’s mission today.   

In celebration of the University’s 125th anniversary, we invite you to explore and engage in its rich history and vision for the future because together, “We are Superior.”

125th Anniversary Culminates with Community Celebration

Tuesday evening, June 11, marked the culmination of the University of Wisconsin-Superior’s (UWS) 125th anniversary year with a Community Celebration on campus. Nearly 700 people came to the campus to help celebrate and enjoy a variety of free activities.

Every area of campus was buzzing with action, all of it free and open to the public – a BBQ, bouncy houses and a scavenger hunt for children, sidewalk chalk art activities, an alumni art display, tours of campus, plenty of food and beverages, a Big Top Chautauqua concert, and much more.

“This event was about thanking community members for their continual support and partnership over the course of the university’s history,” said UW-Superior Chancellor Renée Wachter. “It was wonderful to see people of all ages enjoying themselves and connecting with one another. I want to sincerely thank everyone who came and all those who helped make this event such a success.”

The Community Celebration was sponsored by the UW-Superior Foundation; Superior Water, Light & Power; UW-Superior Alumni Association; Superior Choice Credit Union; Charter NEX Films, Inc.; Campbell Lumber and Supply Co.; and Field & Connolly Insurance.

“The support and enthusiasm we felt from all the people who attended this event will propel us into the future,” said Wachter. “We look forward to another 125 years of working together to meet the educational needs of our students and supporting a strong and vibrant City of Superior and northern Wisconsin.”

Superior Normal School

Superior Normal School exterior view; sidewalk, trees, and fence in foreground, and building in the background, 1900.

Congratulations from Senator Janet Bewley
Congratulations from Senator Tammy Baldwin
Congratulations from Senator Johnson