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Five things to know about James Madison University

1 James Madison is located in Harrisonburg, Va., a city with a metro-area population of 126,000 that is situated in Shenandoah Valley. 2 The school was founded in 1908 as the State Normal and Industrial School of Women. It was renamed Madison Col...

ESPN College Football Game Day came to James Madison University in 2015. Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 24, 2015; Harrisonburg, VA, USA; James Madison Dukes mascot gestures during the broadcast in the front of Wilson Hall on the campus of James Madison University prior to the homecoming game between Richmond and James Madison at Bridgeforth Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

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James Madison is located in Harrisonburg, Va., a city with a metro-area population of 126,000 that is situated in Shenandoah Valley.

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The school was founded in 1908 as the State Normal and Industrial School of Women. It was renamed Madison College in 1938 in honor of President James Madison. It was renamed James Madison in 1977. It has an enrollment of 19,144 students.

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The school's nickname is the Dukes, in honor of Samuel Page Duke who was the university's second president. With school colors of royal purple and gold, an English bulldog with a crown and cape and the Duke Dog, a gray bulldog costume in a purple cape and crown are the school's mascots.

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Some of James Madison's famous alumni are: Charles Haley, Hall of Fame NFL player who won five Super Bowls with Dallas and San Francisco; Scott Norwood, the former Buffalo Bills kicker who is remembered for missing a potential game-winning field goal in Super Bowl XXV; Keith Howland, lead guitarist for the pop-rock band Chicago and the late LeRoi Moore, the former saxophonist for the Dave Matthews Band.

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The school's athletic highlights include: The 1983 baseball team reaching the College World Series; the 1994 women's field hockey team that won a national championship; the 2004 football team that won a Division IAA national title - winning all four playoff games on the road; the 2012 women's basketball team reaching the WNIT championship game; and the 2013 men's basketball team that won an NCAA tournament game over Long Island University-Brooklyn before falling in the second round to Indiana.

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