When Dunwoody first opened its doors in December 1914, the automobile was in its infancy. Commercial radio was still a few years away. World War I had just begun the summer before. Minneapolis was still a city of water-powered mills. Among the city’s most prominent philanthropists were William and Kate Dunwoody. Their bequests were intended “…to provide for all time a place where youth without distinction on account of race, color or religious prejudice, may learn the useful trades and crafts, and thereby fit themselves for the better performance of life’s duties.” (Quotes from the Last Will and Testament of William Hood Dunwoody)
A century later, the world has changed. But what has not changed is Dunwoody’s commitment to its original mission. More than 200,000 alumni have gone on to have great careers and build great companies that add to the civic fabric of the Twin Cities, Minnesota and the world. The future will bring even more change. We invite you to join us in celebrating a century of Dunwoody and look forward to the next 100 years.
Dunwoody College, celebrating its Centennial in 2014, will hold a pictorial show at Mill City Museum highlighting the College’s history and the impact Dunwoody has had on the local community – from the founders William and Kate Dunwoody, to the present day. Featuring historic photographs of the past 100 years, the show runs through Oct. 5.
William H. Dunwoody was the primary share holder of Washburn Crosby Company (now General Mills) and his involvement in the greater milling community was instrumental in making Minneapolis the Flour Milling Capital of the World for 50 years – it was Mill City. Dunwoody is delighted to join with Mill City Museum a hundred years later to celebrate this relationship.
William and Kate Dunwoody were prominent citizens of their time and helped build many significant institutions that survive in today – General Mills, Wells Fargo, Abbott Northwestern Hospital, the Minneapolis Institute of Art, Northwestern National Bank, and of course Dunwoody College of Technology.
Dunwoody College’s influence continues today as a leader in technical education and a producer of alumni who continue to make an impact on the community. Alums such as M.A. Mortenson (Mortenson Construction), Howard Lund (Lund Boats), and Maurice Wagner (Morrie’s Automotive) are just a few examples of Dunwoody Colleges continued impact on the community.