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 Rededication honors history-making Crowe brothers

UIndy-10.6.12-Crowe-Hall-110Two University alumni who went on to make national history were honored when the University rededicated a residence hall in their honor. UIndy’s New Hall was renamed Ray & George Crowe Hall last fall in honor of legendary high school basketball coach and public official Ray Crowe, a 1938 graduate, and his younger brother George, a 1943 grad and barrier-breaking professional athlete. Hallie Bryant, who played for Ray’s Crispus Attucks High School team and later spent 27 years with the Harlem Globetrotters, spoke at the rededication, as did Ray’s son Lloyd Crowe, now a deputy chief with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department.Ray Crowe, who died in 2003, was perhaps best known as coach of the Crispus Attucks High School basketball team that won state championships in 1955 and 1956, becoming the first African-American team in the nation to claim a state title and launching the career of NBA star Oscar Robertson. Ray was inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame in 1968 and the University’s Hall of Fame in 1987. As a student, Ray earned nine letters in basketball, track and baseball, as well as the education degree that informed his career as a teacher and coach. In 1966, he was elected to the Indiana House of Representatives, serving two terms and chairing the House Education Committee. He later led the Indianapolis parks department from 1976 to 1979 and served on the City-County Council from 1983 to 1987, meanwhile serving 18 years on UIndy’s Board of Trustees. George Crowe, named Indiana’s first Mr. Basketball while playing for Franklin High School, also became a three-sport standout at Indiana Central, which other siblings also attended. After serving overseas in the Army from 1943 to 1946, he began playing professional basketball and baseball. He was thought to be the first African-American player to sign with the Boston Braves, which he did in 1949, playing in the minors before his big-league debut in 1952. As an All-Star infielder, George later played for the Cincinnati Reds and St. Louis Cardinals. He was inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame in 1976, UIndy’s Hall of Fame in 1986, and the Indiana Baseball Hall of Fame in 2004. He died in 2011.

Seventh residence hall named in honor of first president

around-campus-1911UIndy’s latest residence facility, Roberts Hall, is helping to accommodate growing enrollments at UIndy. Located on the south side of Hanna Avenue, Roberts Hall has an initial capacity of 170 and offers semiprivate bathrooms and other features that are designed to appeal to upperclassmen. Student input was reflected in its design, which includes kitchens and laundry facilities on each floor, plus a fitness center and mail room. The new dorm is named for the University’s co-founder and first president, the Reverend John Taylor Roberts. UIndy’s total enrollment in the fall reached a record 5,432. The University’s residential population has grown 50 percent in just 10 years.