HOUSING AND RESIDENCE LIFE

Richmond Hall

Richmond Hall offers a variety of living arrangements. Room sizes range from one to three students per room. Rooms are:

  • Corridor style with a community bathroom and lounge areas located on each floor.
  • In quads: accommodating up to 12 people in two, and three person rooms with a shared bathroom.

Rooms are carpeted and equipped with heating/air-conditioning units, beds, wardrobes with a chest-of-drawers, desks, chairs, and blinds. There is a large multipurpose room used for programs, lounging and studying. Richmond Hall houses 96 students. The Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Scholars (STEM) program is located in Richmond Hall.

Who Are Our Residence Halls Named After?

Sarah Elizabeth Richmond

Sarah Elizabeth Richmond was born in Baltimore, Maryland, on May 20, 1843. She attended public schools and at the age of fifteen graduated from Wedtern High School. Before her seventeenth birthday she began teaching in a primary school for one hundred dollars a year. During the Civil War, Miss Richmond set up a small private school that continued until June, 1865. Second to enroll at the Maryland State Normal School in it's opening year of 1866, Miss Richmond graduated in June with six others. Miss Richmond remained a life-long student. She took summer courses throughout her entire life, including one from Harvard. Sarah Richmond also enrolled in the John Hopkins Courses for Teachers, and Western Maryland College granted her an honorary Bachelor of Arts degree in 1909.

Miss Richmond's fifty-five years of consecutive service in the state of Maryland began when M. A. Newell, the first principal of the Maryland State Normal School, selected Sarah Richmond, at the age of 23, to be a teacher in the school. By 1868 Miss Richmond was a professor of mathematics and taught algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and mathematics. In a few years, Sarah Richmond made Vice Principal of the School, and in 1909 Miss Richmond was made Vice Principal of the Maryland State Normal School. Even though she filled administrative positions Miss Richmond continued to teach courses in civics, education theory, and classroom management. In 1915 she achieved her long-cherished goal of moving the school to the rural setting of Towson. Miss Richmond remained principal until 1916 when she resigned to become Dean of the school.

Along with her duties at the Normal School, Miss Richmond was also the first female president of the Maryland State Teacher's Association.

Sarah Elizabeth Richmond passed away on March 4, 1921, ending the life of one of the great pioneers in Maryland's public education.

To learn more about the biographies of TU Presidents and the chronology of Towson University, please visit the university archives at Albert S. Cook Library:

 

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