Celebrate and Look Forward

Duke University was established in 1924 when James B. Duke, through the Indenture of Trust, designated a gift that transformed Trinity College into a comprehensive research university. In 2024, Duke University launches a celebration of its centennial—a historic opportunity to recognize Duke’s extraordinary past, communicate the impact of the present and look toward the potential of Duke’s future.

This is a moment of transformation for Duke, when we can see more clearly than ever before how we might lead in the century to come.

It’s also a moment of extraordinary continuity, as the seeds of our current and future excellence that were planted and cultivated throughout our university’s first hundred years come into bloom.

President Vincent E. Price

Our Stories

Explore Duke’s History

Find resources where you can learn more about the events, milestones, moments and people that made Duke’s first hundred years.

Centennial Store

Celebrate 100 years in style.