Evangelist Franklin Graham prayed on a sidewalk outside the Pentagon Thursday after his invitation to a prayer service inside was withdrawn because of comments that insulted people of other religions., and originally known as Texas Technological College, it is the flagship institution of the four-institution Texas Tech University System.
The Red Raiders football team has made 36 bowl appearances, which is 17th most of any university.The Red Raiders basketball team has made 14 appearances in the NCAA Division I Tournament.A failed move by Governor John Connally to have the school placed into the Texas A&M University System, as well as continued disagreement and heated debate over the school's new name, kept the name change from being approved.In spite of objections by many students and faculty, the Board of Directors again submitted the change in 1969.In 2011, the combined enrollment in the Texas Tech University System was greater than 42,000 students—a 48% increase since 2000.
Chancellor Kent Hance reiterated plans for Texas Tech's main campus to reach enrollment of 40,000 students by 2020, with additional 5,000 students at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center and 10,000 students at Angelo State University.
After its initial rejection of the students' enrollment and the threat of a lawsuit, the university enacted a policy to admit "all qualified applicants regardless of color".
In the 1960s and 1970s, the university invested US0 million in the campus to construct buildings for the library, foreign languages, social sciences, communications, philosophy, electrical and petroleum engineering, art, and architecture. The Texas Legislature expanded the medical school charter in 1979, creating the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center.
In 1999, Texas Tech's Goin' Band from Raiderland received the Sudler Trophy, which is awarded to "recognize collegiate marching bands of particular excellence".
Though the majority of the university's students are from the southwestern United States, the school has served students from all 50 states and more than 100 countries.
On November 6, 2007, the voters of Texas approved an amendment to the Texas Constitution realigning Angelo State University with the Texas Tech University System.