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NAMPA — It may be 2013, but at Northwest Nazarene University on Friday, it was 1913. 

In celebration of Founder’s Day and the university’s 100th anniversary, NNU president David Alexander and Board of Trustees Chairman Randy Craker joined faculty, staff and community members in reenactment of the original groundbreaking.

Participants wore period dress and assumed poses for a photograph to match a painting of the 1913 event.

The university began in a vacant Mennonite church on 13th Avenue and 8th Street in Nampa. It’s name was the Idaho Holiness School and it only had 13 students.

In 2013, NNU enrolls more than 2,000 students with degree programs in 60 areas of study.

The university continues its 100th anniversary celebration this fall, with events leading up to Homecoming Weekend and the Centennial Finale in November.

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