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Whitehurst Hall

240 Kent St.
Whitehurst Hall
Whitehurst Hall is a residence hall located on the President's Quad.

Whitehurst Hall houses 220 male residents. Most of its rooms overlook the President's Quad, where many sporting events, cookouts, and other activities take place throughout the year.

James Leslie Whitehurst, Jr. ’63

Whitehurst Hall was named in 2020 for James Leslie Whitehurst, Jr. ’63, the first Black student permitted to live on campus in 1961. Upon graduation, he became a fighter pilot with the U.S. Air Force in Vietnam, was a major in the Air Force Reserve in Virginia, and was a member of the Air National Guard. Whitehurst also was the first African American to serve on the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors, serving from 1970 to 1974. As an attorney, he operated a private law practice in Richmond, Virginia, until his retirement. Whitehurst died in 2013.

Building History

Whitehurst Hall was built in 1962 for $729,244. It was dedicated on May 16, 1966. It was named Whitehurst Hall in 2020.