1881

Garnett Baltimore is the first African-American student to earn a degree from Rensselaer.

 
 

1885

The Polytechnic begins continuous publication as the student newspaper.

 
 

1886

RPI joins the State Athletic Association and begins official participation in intercollegiate athletics.
First intercollegiate football game played against Ridgefield, A.C.

 
 

1887

Rensselaer's first Gymnasium is built.

 
 

1888

John H. Peck is appointed president.

 

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