The Rhododendron: Appalachian State University Yearbook
Appalachian State University’s yearbook, the Rhododendron, first went into print in 1922, when the school was called Appalachian Training School. It was released yearly until 1992. In 2004, the yearbook returned, but in 2006, production ended again. The Rhododendron was compiled and published by members of the senior class.
When the Rhododendron was started over 90 years ago, it was only 85 pages long and featured a senior class of about 30 students. Through the years, as the school grew, so did the Rhododendron. By the last volume, released in 2006, the book had grown to 464 pages, featuring a senior class of around 3,000 (though not all were photographed). Looking through volumes of the Rhododendron yearbooks, one will see students’ portraits and names, pictures of clubs, sports, and campus events, and even some hints to current important events worldwide. This collection of Appalachian yearbooks shows the history of Appalachian State University and how the campus and students has changed over the years. The digitized yearbooks are hosted by DigitalNC, a statewide digitization and digital publishing program housed in the North Carolina Collection at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. To view the yearbooks go to, Yearbooks, Appalachian State University at DigitalNC.org