Once called the Texas Technological College, Texas Tech University has had perhaps the most influence on Lubbock if not the entire South Plains.
You can see how great the impact was in this photograph from 1923. A crowd of more than 30,000 surrounded the Administration Building to celebrate the construction on campus. At the time, Lubbock's population was only a few thousand.
The Administration Building was the first building completed at Tech. It would become one of the largest college buildings in the country, housing four schools: Agriculture, Engineering, Home Economics and Liberal Arts.
Today, Texas Tech University offers 150 Bachelor's, 104 Master's and 59 Doctoral degree programs and has satellite campuses across the world.
Texas Tech a Major Part of Hub City History
Many say Lubbock would not be what it is today were it not for a decision made more than 85 years ago. NewsChannel 11's Ben Lawson has more on Texas Tech's importance to the Hub City.