Welcome to Tarkington Hall, home of the Halberdier Club, and the Tarkington Market mini-mart. Our hall motto: "A Tradition of Excellence" is exemplified in many ways. The 708 men who call Tarkington Hall their home pride themselves in being leaders in academics, intramurals, and campus activities.The staff at Tarkington Hall offers you a friendly, clean, safe, and family atmosphere. Please visit our hall when you are on campus, or give us a call. We'd be glad to answer any questions you may have.
When Tarkington Hall opened in 1958, it was known as "H-2". It is divided into four living units: Northeast, Southeast, Northwest, and Southwest. The name was eventually changed to Tarkington Hall in memory of Newton Booth Tarkington, a generous contributor to Purdue University. Booth Tarkington was born on July 29, 1869, in Indianapolis. As a young person, he held a desire to be an artist, painter, or illustrator. He graduated from Exeter Academy Prep School in New Hampshire in 1889, and then attended Purdue. From there, he went on to Princeton University and graduated in the class of 1893. He wrote numerous novels and more than a score of plays. He received a Pulitzer Prize in 1919 and 1922. Financially, he donated numerous gifts to Purdue. He was a world traveler, and lived briefly in New York, Paris, Rome, and the Island of Capri. He died in Indianapolis on May 19, 1946.