Ehringhaus Residence Hall

Ehringhaus Residence Hall was one of two high-rise dorms completed in 1962, as the university campus continued to move south in order to find a home for its expanding student body. The initial residents of the dorm were all first-year men students. Ehringhaus remained all men until 1972. In the 1970s the dorm developed the reputation as a "jock dorm." Explaining that the dorm was not as wild as some stories suggested, a resident told the Daily Tar Heel in 1976, "We don't throw Coke machines off the top floor anymore."

The dorm is named for former governor John Christoph Blucher Ehringhaus. A native of Pasquotank County, Ehringhaus graduated from UNC in 1901 and earned a law degree in 1903. He was North Carolina governor from 1932 to 1936, in the middle of the Great Depression. Ehringhaus managed to keep the state budget under control through cutting programs and introducing the state's first sales tax. After his term he returned to his law practice. In the late 1930s Ehringhaus served as head of the UNC General Alumni Association.


Date Established: 1961

Date Range: 1961 – Present