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Peddrew-Yates Residence Hall

    Peddrew-Yates Hall

Peddrew-Yates Hall was built in 1998. The building houses 219 co-ed residents, primarily freshman students participating in the Residential Leadership Community. It is a suite-style building and commonly referred to as "PY."

The Residential Leadership Community is an academic leadership studies and development program maintained through a collaborative effort of the Division of Student Affairs, the University Honors Program, the Center for Instructional Development and Educational Research, and the Department of Agricultural and Extension Education. It is a one or two-year program and gives students the option to complete a minor in leadership and social change. The curriculum teaches comprehensive historical and social leadership theories while developing communication, leadership, and group skills specific to individual students' majors and career goals.

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Irving Peddrew III and Charlie Yates

   

Irving Linwood Peddrew III (at top) and Charlie Lee Yates Irving Linwood Peddrew III (at top) and Charlie Lee Yates

Peddrew-Yates Hall honors Irving Linwood Peddrew III, the first black student to enroll in Virginia Tech (1952), and the late Charlie Lee Yates, the first black graduate, who earned a Bachelor of Science degree with honors in 1957. After leaving at the end of his junior year, Peddrew worked in the aerospace and food industries and became a musician. Yates was a member of the board of visitors for one term and taught in two departments at his alma mater.

Building History

Initially known as New Residence Hall West, Peddrew-Yates Hall was built in 1998. It was renamed and dedicated in 2002 during the 50th anniversary celebration of blacks at Virginia Tech. 

Address: 610 Washington St. SW  |  Map Grid: M-6
Originally Built: 1998  |  Abbreviation: PY
Latitude: 37.22503 | Longitude: -80.41991