Bluefield State College


Founded in 1895, Bluefield State College was originally known as Bluefield Colored Institute, a high graded school for African American youth nearby Bluefield, West Virginia. Enrollment climbed to 235 by 1920, with annual summer sessions for teacher certification attracting hundreds more Robert P. Sims, leader of Bluefield State College for 3 decades, created the purpose for Bluefield State College, to educate educators throughout the coalfields of West Virginia. It wasn’t until 1943 that the name was officially Bluefield State College.

Notable Alumni Include: American composer, lyricist and music publisher, Maceo Pinkard and overseas basketball player who was a two time defensive player of the year, Samuel Ouedraogo