Lane College then called the “C.M.E. High School,” was founded by the Colored Methodist Episcopal Church in America in 1882. The school’s name was changed to Lane Institute on June 22, 1884, when it was chartered. By 1961, Lane College had been admitted into the Southern Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools. Many of the school’s buildings, Cleaves Hall, J.K. Daniels Building and the Old Central Heating Plant comprise the Lane College Historic District. Today, the school seeks to gain recognition as a major producer of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) program graduates. And in 2007, the college opened the Lane College Evening Accelerated Program (LEAP, a way for working adults and other nontraditional students to attend the college.
Notable Alumni Include: pioneering Liberian educator Fatima Massaquoi; civil rights lawyer Donald L. Hollowell; and legendary Musician Chuck Rainey.