History of campus buildings explained
Gordon B. Hinckley Building
The Gordon B. Hinckley Building was dedicated Oct. 22, 2002.
It is the only building on campus named for a then-living president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
The 54,000 square-foot building is the home to the College of Education and Human Development, the Department of Teacher Education and the Rexburg Institute of Religion. It also contains a chapel, gymnasium, multipurpose area, two kitchens and classrooms.
Elder Bednar, then president of BYU-Idaho, announced that the building would be named for President Hinckley as a tribute to the man who “[had] a legacy and impact on this campus that will last forever.” Information compiled by Rachel Brutsch.
John W. Hart Building
The John W. Hart Building was constructed to provide a location where sports teams and other athletic groups could perform during the winter.
The idea was originally contrived between 1961-1962 by John Clarke, then President of Ricks College, but met with opposition from the board of education. Ground was broken on the project in 1967. President Henry B. Eyring dedicated the Hart in 1969.
The building was named after the pioneer, John Hart, who presided as stake president of the Rigby Stake and as chairman of the board of education from 1927 to 1935.
Devotionals were held in the Hart Auditorium before the BYU-I Center was dedicated. The Hart also houses the Fitness Center which opened in the Winter Semester 2011 and now serves almost 1,800 students daily. Information compiled by Sam Clemence.
Hyrum Manwaring Center
Hyrum Manwaring served the students of Ricks for 30 years as dean of students, a teacher and eventually president. He arrived in Rexburg in 1914 when Ricks only consisted of the Spori building and a gymnasium.
Manwaring dreamed that Ricks Academy would become a large junior college for Latter-day Saint youth though the school was small.
In 1903, President John W. Hart asked Manwaring to be the acting president over the school. Manwaring hesitated but eventually accepted, taking on what he thought to be the biggest project of his life. Manwaring struggled to keep the school going during the depression years.
The student center was named after Hyrum Manwaring in honor of Hyrum Manwaring’s dedication to the development of the school. Information compiled by Megan Marsden.
Thomas E. Ricks Building
The Thomas E. Ricks Building was dedicated in 2005. It was named after the founder of Rexburg, Thomas E. Ricks.
While traveling west to the Salt Lake Valley, Ricks was attacked by Indians, shot and left for dead. Ricks heard a voice while struggling to remain alive that said, “You shall not die; you will go the valley of the mountains and there you will do a great work in your day and generation.”
Ricks founded the town of Rexburg and became the president of the Bannock Stake Academy, which began as an elementary school and eventually became Ricks College. Information compiled by Emmilie Buchanan.
Jacob Spori Building
The Jacob Spori Building is named after BYU-Idaho’s first principal, who served for four years at the Bannock Stake Academy.
Spori forfeited his own salary to keep the school in operation and pay the teachers at the Academy.
In 2000, the Spori Building burned down during demolition. In 2003, President Thomas S. Monson dedicated the new Jacob Spori Building.
The Spori Building houses the College of Performing and Visual Arts, the departments of art and communication and the Spori Art Gallery. Information compiled by Yuki Dorff.