Editor's note: High school seniors attending the Feb. 15 Scholar's Day at St. Bonaventure University and students in the SBU Jandoli School’s professional writing classes provided the content for this feature.
DAYTON, Ohio – The St. Bonaventure University women's basketball team will take on the Flyers at the University of Dayton Wednesday. Here are some facts you may not know about the city:
- Founded by 12 settlers known as the Thompson Party on April Fools' Day, 1796, Dayton is named after Capt. Jonathan Dayton, who was born in New Jersey, served in the American Revolution and at age 26 was the youngest signee of the U.S. Constitution.
- The University of Dayton was founded by the Society of Mary in 1860; it is one of three Marianist institutions of higher learning in America and the second largest private university in the state. The university offers a free books award program of up to $500 each semester, depending on grades.
- March Madness begins in the UD Arena March 17 this year. Traditionally, the first-four NCAA tournament basketball games are played there, the site of more NCAA basketball games than any other arena.
- The UD Arena also will be the site of two Winter Guard International Championships in April. Color Guard will be April 1-4, and Percussion and Winds will be April 15-19. WGI, a non-profit youth organization, produces indoor color guard, percussion and winds competitions.
- Some famous people from Dayton include aviation pioneers the Wright Brothers; poet Paul Laurence Dunbar; actors Rob Lowe, Allison Janney, Sherri Saum, Martin Sheen and Nancy Cartwright; humorist Erma Bombeck, and Olympic gold medalist Edwin C. Moses.
- The National Museum of The United States Air Force is located in Dayton and features in its collection airplanes, propaganda posters and spacesuits.
- In the city's Courthouse Square, is an 11-foot bronze sculpture of President Abraham Lincoln that commemorates an anti-slavery speech Lincoln gave on the steps of the old courthouse about a year before he was elected president.
- Dayton has a moniker, the Gem City. Some attribute the name to a horse race.
- Dayton’s tallest building, the Kettering Tower built in 1970, has 30 floors and a height of 405 feet.
- Dayton is home to many inventions including the cash register, the hydraulic jump and ice cube trays.
- In Dayton, the Deeds Carillon is the largest in the state. It is 151 feet tall and has 57 bells.
- Dayton was the site of the first soapbox derby in America. That was 1934, and in 1935,the event was moved to Akron, Ohio.
- In 2017, the city's population was 140,371.
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