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1976 Basketball 021976 Basketball National Championship

Forty years ago, the 1976 women’s basketball team defeated West Georgia College in the Georgia IAW regional tournament, earning a spot in the NAIA Small College Basketball Championship. In the national tournament, Berry marched through the early rounds, defeating George William College 88-54, Union College 84-83, and Ashland College 84-83. As luck would have it, in the tournament final, Berry once again squared off against its regional rival from West Georgia. The Lady Vikings prevailed in a hard-fought game 68-62 to earn the team a national championship title.

Nancy Paris won the NAIA tournament’s Most Valuable Player award and, together, Paris and teammate Sharon Adamson became Berry’s first female All-American athletes. 

The championship title capped off an historic season for the Lady Vikes. Overall, the team had a 13-4 record and scored an average of 83 points per game in the regular season. 

FS Cake 02Founder's Day Celebration

The January 16, 1979 Founder’s Day celebration included a 177-foot long cake displayed in a giant U shape in the Krannert Center ballroom. The cake consisted of a series of cakes, each 7 ½ inches high, baked in flat sections that were blended together and covered with icing. In honor of the Berry’s 77th anniversary, 77 blue candles graced the top of the cake. Certified public accountants took measurements and Berry submitted an entry to the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s longest cake. At the time, Guinness did not have a category for the world’s longest and the record was not officially recognized. While Berry did not earn a world record, the Berry community enjoyed the celebration and the attention from state, national, and international media.

FS_Roosevelt_02 Roosevelt and the Berry School for Girls

In January 1909, Pres. Theodore Roosevelt wrote to Martha Berry stating his intention to visit the Berry School, but he regretted the lack of a school for girls. Roosevelt’s comment inspired Martha Berry so much that just 11 months later the School for Girls opened on Thanksgiving Day. The Girls School catalog stated that, “The purpose of the school is to enable poor girls to gain a thorough, liberal and practical education at small cost.” In 1910, President Roosevelt kept his promise and journeyed to see firsthand Martha Berry’s work as an educator. President Roosevelt toured the schools, gave speeches, and visited with students. Click for a detailed image of President Roosevelt's letter to Martha Berry.