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Lane College

Lane College
Motto Esse Non Videri
Established 1882
Type Private, HBCU
Affiliation Christian Methodist Episcopal Church
President Dr. Logan C. Hampton
Students 1,376
Location Jackson, Tennessee,
United States
Campus Urban, 55 acres
Colors Cardinal and Royal Blue
Athletics NCAA Division II
Nickname Dragons
Affiliations Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Lane College Historic District
Location Lane Ave., Jackson, Tennessee
Area 4.2 acres (1.7 ha)
Built 1905
Architectural style Classical Revival
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 87001117[1]
Added to NRHP July 2, 1987

Lane College is a four-year, historically black college associated with the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, located in Jackson, Tennessee, just northeast of the downtown area. It is primarily a liberal arts institution.


  • History 1
  • Academics 2
    • Business and Social & Behavioral Science 2.1
    • Liberal Studies and Education 2.2
    • Natural and Physical Sciences 2.3
    • Notes 2.4
  • Athletics 3
  • Notable alumni 4
  • Namesake 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7


Lane College was founded in 1882 by the Colored Methodist Episcopal (C.M.E.) Church in America as the “C.M.E. High School” and named after Methodist Bishop Isaac Lane who co-founded the school. Planning for the school had begun in 1878, but the school's establishment was delayed by a yellow fever epidemic in the region in 1878. Its primary purpose was the education of newly freed slaves, and the original curriculum focused on the preparation of "teachers and preachers."[2][3]


Lane College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award bachelor's degrees.[4] Its academic divisions and programs are:



The Lane College Department of Athletics sponsors men's intercollegiate baseball, basketball, football, cross country, and tennis along with women's intercollegiate softball, basketball, cross country, volleyball and tennis.

The athletic teams nicknamed the "Dragons" are sponsored and compete in Division II of the NCAA. The athletic teams compete as a part of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

Notable alumni

Name Class year Notability References
Donald L. Hollowell 1947 Civil rights lawyer. He was the first African-American to be named regional director of a United States government agency (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission). [5]
Jacoby Jones 2007 Current professional football player; scored two touchdowns in 2013 Super Bowl [6]
Fred Lane 1997 Former professional football player
Jason Brookins 2001 Former professional football player
Chuck Rainey 1959 Legendary musician with recording credits on thousands of recordings


SS Lane Victory, a World War II Victory Ship, and one of the few such ships surviving, was named for Lane College. It is now docked in San Pedro, California (which is part of the commercial harbor area of Los Angeles to the south of downtown). It is now open as a museum.


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places.  
  2. ^ About Lane, Lane College website, accessed March 13, 2010
  3. ^ History, Lane College>College Profile, Lane College website, accessed March 13, 2010
  4. ^ College Profile, Lane College website, accessed March 13, 2010
  5. ^ "Donald Hollowell Foundation". Retrieved 2011-03-14. 
  6. ^

External links

  • Lane College website
  • Lane College athletics website
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