Health and Human Performance has a "Storey'd" history at Stanford. We have been in existence since the opening of the University and have been through many evolutions to get to where we are today. As we continue our journey forward this page is dedicated to looking behind and paying homage to the important milestones that have shaped our work. 

Historical Timeline


Stanford admits its first students and is one of the first University's to require physical activity courses to graduate. The Physical Training Department is established to oversee this curriculum, lead by Thomas D. Wood.


Stanford and Thomas D. Wood establishes the first Bachelor of Arts in Physical Training and Hygiene.


First student graduates from the BA program, Walter Wells Davis from Maynard, Iowa.


The School of Hygiene and Physical Education was founded under the leadership of Dr. Thomas A. Storey. Dr. Storey also lead Athletics, health services, health programs, and the infirmary for the student body.


A physical education teaching minor is created.


Undergraduate degree created with specializations in dance, physiotherapy, hygiene, and general sports.


Professional programs leading to a Masters and Ph.D. were added to the curriculum.


The School of Hygiene and Physical Education became the School of Health.


The School of Health dissolves and all Health Education programs and their faculty are transferred to the School of Education.


The mandatory physical activity requirement dropped for all students. 12 units still allowable to count towards graduation.


Women's Physical Education Department merges with the Men's Department to form the Department of Athletics, Physical Education, and Recreation (DAPER). Faculty and degrees still offered in partnership with the School of Education.


The Department of Athletics, Physical Education, and Recreation confers its last standalone degree.


Academic course listings move to the School of Humanities and Sciences (H & S). A specialization in dance offered as a Masters still housed in Education.


Activity unit limit for graduation dropped to eight. The Dance Division merges with the Drama Department taking the with them the last academic degree program offered by DAPER. All remaining faculty and courses now managed through H & S.


DAPER establishes the Office of Recreation and Wellness and a sub-unit, Outdoor Edcuation, to offer academic courses in outdoor leadership and adventure activities.


Recreation and Wellness, in conjunction with the Provost's Office, establishes a Wellness Education curriculum requiring eight units to receive a certificate of completion.


The Outdoor, Physical, and Wellness Education units merge to form the Health and Human Performance Division within the Office of Recreation and Wellness.


HHP acquires the LifeWorks and Leadership Innovations programs from the Vice President of Undergraduate Education. HHP signs MOU with the Department of Medicine transferring academic sponsorship from H & S to the School of Medicine.


HHP organizationally moves to the Vice Provost of Student Affairs to better align resources in conjunction with the broader university emphasis on student health and wellbeing, keeping academic sponsorship from the School of Medicine. 

The first Encina Gym built in 1915

Encina Gym Expansion 1920's

Thomas A. Storey, M.D. (Harvard), Ph.D. (Stanford)

Roble Gym 1931

Storey House which is named after our first schools founder.