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Maj. Gen. Jerry Grizzle has announced the designation of July 2016 through July 2017 as New Mexico Military Institute’s (NMMI) “quasquicentennial – a year-long observance” celebrating 125 years of duty, honor and achievement at NMMI.

The institute will celebrate its anniversary with ceremonies, events, and inspirational speakers, followed by Homecoming in October.

NMMI also kicks off its 125th Campaign, which will raise revenue for scholarships and cadet activities.

“New Mexico was the perfect location for one of the nation’s most impressive military schools,” Grizzle said. “We were founded in 1891, and since that time, our state has become the pivotal gateway for some of the most prestigious and successful leaders in the present day.”

NMMI was founded by Col. Robert S. Goss and Cpt. Joseph C. Lea in 1891, originally as the Goss Military Academy with an initial enrollment of 28 students. In 1895, it acquired the land at its current location, and in 1912, it received land-grant status and revenue.

Hundreds of NMMI graduates served in World War I and World War II, including Medal of Honor recipient John C. Morgan and hotelier Conrad Hilton of Hilton Hotels fame. In 1948, the institute introduced a four-year liberal arts college program but discontinued it in 1956.

NMMI became a fully coeducational high school and junior college in 1977, although some females had attended as non-cadet day students from 1891-98.

Current Superintendent Grizzle was appointed in 2009.

Additional information on the celebration and NMMI can be found at www.nmmi.edu.