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Ranger School Centennial

During the 2012-2013 academic year, the SUNY-ESF Ranger School celebrated its 100th anniversary.

The Ranger School began in 1912 as a part of the New York State College of Forestry in Syracuse. The first students arrived in August of that year, and the first class graduated in December of 1913. The vision for the Ranger School of long-time director James F. Dubuar was "to train men to fill the gap between the average woodsman and the professional forester."

Through the years the School has evolved to fulfill this vision and so much more. In addition to its Forest Technology Program, a Surveying program was added in 1995, and a program in Environmental and Natural Resource Conservation began in the fall of 2011.

The Ranger School: A Century in the Forest is available! This book is a compilation of essays and articles from the storied history of the Ranger School. Find out how the Ranger School came to be, how the school has evolved over the years, and dream about what the future might bring. The list of authors includes James Dubuar, Kerm Remele, Jim Coufal and Chris Westbrook.

The book is available for purchase!

Below is a preview of the front and back cover.

The Ranger school: A century in the forest

Centennial in the News

Centennial Room

Professor Michael Bridgen is developing an archival collection of important artifacts from Ranger School history. Located in the School's library, the Centennial Room has a computer and storage capacity for multiple types of documents and items.


Classroom Mural

Renowned artist and muralist Barry Nehr (Class of 1960) has painted a mural on the back wall of our main classroom.