This page presents a list of UNI Homecoming queens. The first queen was elected in 1923. Her title was Miss ISTC (Iowa State Teachers College). From 1924 through 1938, there does not seem to have been a Homecoming queen election, though the Teachers College had a generous share of other beauty and popularity contests during those years. Homecoming queen elections began again in 1939. Until 1955 the letterman's club, the I-Club, selected the Homecoming queen. In 1955 the procedure changed. Starting in 1955 the I-Club nominated queen candidates, but the student body voted to select the queen.
For several years prior to the 1970 election, there had been criticism of the tradition on several fronts. First, some students believed that an election, based on physical appearance, was demeaning. And, second, some minority students believed that they were being excluded from the selection process. In 1970 minority students elected their own Homecoming royalty, Michael Reed and Mary Adams.
The Student Council declared that there would be no Homecoming queen election in 1971.
No formal Homecoming celebration due to World War II
Susan Mary Ritz
Bonnie Van Zandt
Minority students selected Mary Adams
Compiled by University Archivist Gerald L. Peterson, with research by Shanna Taylor and other student assistants, and scanning by Library Assistant Gail Briddle, September 2005; last updated, September 2, 2014 (GP).