Meredith Hall History

Meredith Hall opened in 1952 and was originally known as X Hall, because of it's "X" shape. It was named after Virginia Claypool Meredith (1848-1936). She died at the age of 88 after a long and illustrious career in the fields of agriculture and home economics. More than 50 years before her death, she earned the title of "Queen of American Agriculture" because of her staunch support and vigilant championship of farmers and farm life.

Mrs. Meredith was born in Indiana, the daughter of a Virginia pioneer who named her for his home state. At the age of 21 she married Henry Clay Meredith, who later became president of the Indiana Agricultural Board. When her husband died 10 years later, Mrs. Meredith assumed full responsibility of the business. For 40 years, she proceeded to buy and sell purebred cattle, hold public sales that commanded more than average prices, and discover from her accurate labor and utilization records what the farmer needed. Putting those discoveries into practice for the good of agriculture all over the country and particularly in her own state of Indiana was her lifelong service.

Indiana was the first to recognize Mrs. Meredith officially. In 1921, the governor appointed her to serve as trustee of Purdue University, the first woman to hold this position.

The District of Tradition Neighborhood

The District of Tradition is the name of the neighborhood for the grouping of residence halls dedicating to building and maintaining strong, healthy, lasting traditions. With a goal to develop a strong brand and pride in the halls, the District of Tradition sees some of the most dedicated and connected RAs on campus, boasting some of the highest rates of return for residents to the building at Purdue. Many seniors graduate from the buildings in the District of Tradition and the professional staff are dedicated to empowering students to be some of the best, brightest and self-driven leaders in the world. With a high energy, strong sense of dedication and incredible feelings of pride, the District of Tradition is happy to welcome you to the neighborhood!