Founded on September 17, 1923 as South Park Junior College; Lamar University underwent several name and status changes till it was officially renamed Lamar University in 1971. Also referred to as LU, it is a comprehensive co-educational public research University located in Beaumont, Texas. The institute is named after Mirabeau B. Lamar, the honorable second president of the Republic of Texas, also known as the Father of Education in Texas. Since 1995, Lamar has been a member of the Texas State University System.
The LU campus spans over 250 acres off the Martin Luther King Boulevard. Some of the easily accessible places of interest are Southeast Texas Regional Airport, Downtown Beaumont, Big Thicket National Preserve, Village Creek State Park, and the Gulf of Mexico.