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#TBT to 1971, When Campus Moved to Highland Heights


By Jayna Morris
NKU Marketing + Communications

Today we take it back to 1971, when Northern Kentucky State College’s campus officially moved from a Covington hillside to a
328-acre farm in Highland Heights.

The move came at a time when enrollment was more than 1,600, and the Covington campus was too small to hold the growing number of students.

A groundbreaking ceremony for the new campus site was hosted on March 31, 1971. Gov. Louie Nunn broke ground on the first building on campus—Nunn Hall, named in honor of him—with a bulldozer.