As early as 1950, forward–looking residents in Lubbock and West Texas urged the establishment of a school of medicine at Texas Tech. Through the years, it became increasingly evident that other area's medical and health care facilities were not keeping pace with the demands of the area's growing population.
By 1963, the shortage of physicians and adequate health care facilities had become so critical that a large, well–organized group of West Texas supporters were converging on Austin with a plan for Tech's Medical School.
The 61st Legislature responded by approving a bill to create such a school, and it was signed into law on May 27, 1969. This authorized the planning, organizing and establishment of a state-owned and-operated school. An appropriate of $10 million was approved for planning and construction.
* Excerpted from: Flippin, P. (1972, August 20). First students due Monday: Med school 'opening' set. Lubbock Avalanche Journal, 46(50).