Forensics gained recognition at Penn in 1880 when Rosa Lewis won first place at the state oratorical competition. An Oratorical Association was organized at Penn in 1890, and the department of Speech, Oratory, and Debate began in 1903. The first debate victory for Penn was in 1894 against Drake University. A debating league was later formed in 1898. Penn's debate went on to win many victories all the way into the 1960's.
William Penn University; Wilcox Library Digital Archives