Dukes Building was named for Louis Dukes, a prosperous farmer in Hancock County, who provided funds for the structure. It was also the first building to be erected on campus after the departure of the school’s first president,
Lehr’s successor, Dr. Leroy Belt, a Methodist minister, was presumably able to use his church connections to approach Louis Dukes, who was also a member of the
The departure of the
In 1971 the Education Department moved from Brown Hall to the third floor of Dukes, its current location. That same year, the Dept. of Modern Languages also relocated to Dukes. In 1974, the department’s Schoonover Audio Center was moved from Presser Hall to Duke’s second floor.
By the early 1990’s, it was apparent that an addition to Dukes was need. Work on this project began in May 1994 with the removal of the old animal lab. The new space included classrooms, restrooms and an elevator and was dedicated in May 1995 in honor of Prof. C.H. Freeman, a former faculty member.
Fall 2002 saw the groundbreaking for yet another classroom addition to the west end of Dukes. This section, The Cornetet addition, was completed in Fall 2003.
Louis Dukes was born in Franklin County, Ohio on