Endborough College

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Endborough College is a private, co-educational institution of higher learning, located in the North Park section of the City of Endborough, the state capital of Endover in the Commonwealth of Baker Park.

History[edit]

Established in 1888, the school held it's first class with 5 women and 2 men on April 17 in that year, seven weeks after the University of Baker Park opened its doors to a group of 15 men.

The Council of State of Baker Park granted a charter to allow the establishment of the University of Endover, effective September 29, which was a Saturday; however, no students were enrolled officially until March 1889 when University College and Christ Chapel College officially became the "The United Colleges of the University of Endover". Grace Brethren and St Stephen's Colleges joined the fold in time for the fall term in September, and EC reaped a windfall when the Board of Controllers of Grace Brethren sold the freehold on four parcels of land totaling 3.5 acres to Anthony Ross-Griffith, one of the most famous land speculators in Baker Park in the pre-Commonwealth period (1880-92).

Nickname[edit]

The exact origins of the school's association as specifically German is layered in different stories; as the one college that refused to come under the auspices of the University of Endover, they were generally derided and mocked by their larger rival.
When the state school adopted their Scottish influenced colors and symbolism, EC still carried the association as a college which was predominantly German influenced; the Board of Overseers were exclusively made up of men of German heritage between 1888 and 1911, but the reality was much different. Nearly all of the faculty and a predominant portion of the student body in 1898 were of English, Irish--and yes, Scottish--Protestant origin
Beginning at the start of the 20th Century, when discussing "the other place", Endover usually referred to EC as "The Germans", in a way that was considered derogatory in spite of the fact there were several colleges within the University that had even stronger German origins that were still important to those houses.

EC students began to welcome and revel in the use of the name that was supposed to be derogatory; to this day, students of all ethnicities and religious persuasions understand the context of declaring themselves "Germans".

Sports[edit]

EC was one of the charter members of the UAC in 1929; they had a representative physical education department that offered competitive athletic activities on an intramural level in addition to an intercollegiate basis. There were official teams for tennis, gymnastics, basketball, golf, swimming and track & field; later field hockey & lacrosse were added for women, soccer & baseball for men.

In the summer of 1947, the school hired Aldine Atkinson as Director of Women's Physical Education and head varsity coach for tennis, basketball and field hockey; the 38 year old had been discharged from the National Guard after serving five years as a physical training and first aid instructor for recruits. After the first two days of practice for the upcoming 1947-48 basketball season, Atkinson kicked all of the junior and senior players off the squad, then held a campus wide tryout to find half a dozen new prospects; losing seven of the first nine games, the team came together to win 6 of the final 9 games to finish 8-10, the only losing season in Atkinson's career.

Beginning with the 1952 Endover-Ezra Universities League title, EC won 16 league championships in the next 21 seasons and captured 13 National Championships in the same span; from 1961-65 they won 103 consecutive games, and following that loss, won another 42 games in a row over the next two seasons, both defeats coming at the hands of University of Endover. Atkinson announced her retirement in 1972, just prior to the end of the regular season; that team went on to win the National Championship four seasons after the end of their eight year run.
She was replaced for the 1973 campaign by the most prolific scorer in Baker Park history regardless of gender, 32 year old Mary Ellen Domagal. In 1976, EC reclaimed the EEUL title, starting a period of five consecutive, and seven of eight appearances in the Final Four, winning the Championship five times and finishing both second and third once.

Domagal retired after 30 years in 2002 as the winningest coach in UAC history; she was succeeded by Caren Hunter--a 1988 EC grad--who has continued on the tradition.

In 2021, Hunter led the Germans to five consecutive games to win the first Drawkland Collegiate Invitational Tournament, defeating Heshima and Usian University from Banija in front of 39,000 at Cliffside Court in Sadeg--the largest crowd to witness a game involving a Baker Park college team in history.
The team's first ever participation in NSCAA competition ended with a record of 23-14, which marked the most losses ever in a single season, as well surpassing the number of games lost by any senior class over a 4 year span in 73 years.