John Justin Athletic Center
John Justin Athletic Center

Facility Facts
Year Opened: 2000

John Justin Athletic Center
3500 Bellaire Drive North
Fort Worth, TX 76129

John Justin Athletic Center History

The John Justin Athletic Center is located outside of the south end zone of Amon G. Carter Stadium and houses the football offices, athletics administration offices, Davis Academic Learning Center, video labs as well as the Encke Heritage Center. The 38,000-square-foot center was constructed at the cost of $7.5 million and was named in honor of longtime TCU trustee John S. Justin, former CEO of Justin Industries.

A 1941 TCU graduate and proud supporter of Horned Frog athletics for over half a century, John S. Justin was the former chairman and founder of Justin Industries, which includes the Justin Boot Company and Acme Bricks Company. Mr. Justin also served as the Mayor of Fort Worth (1961-63) and was instrumental in TCU's acquisition of the Worth Hills area where many of the University's athletics facilities are located.

Encke Heritage Center

Located on the second floor of the John S. Justin Athletic Center is the Encke Heritage Center, which plays home to a vast collection of trophies and other historical athletics memorabilia. The Encke Heritage Center is the home to the Horned Frogs' two football national championship trophies in addition to Davey O'Brien's 1938 Heisman Trophy and LaDainian Tomlinson's 2000 Doak Walker Award.

The rich history and tradition of TCU excellence is on display throughout the Encke Heritage Center and includes NCAA and conference titles in addition to a history of All-Americans and Horned Frogs at the professional level.

Nick Encke was a former lettermen for the TCU men's golf program and went on to have a successful career at Armco Steel upon graduating in 1965. The former TCU student-athlete also served as President for several small companies before retiring in 1999. Still actively involved in TCU and TCU Athletics, Encke is a member of the Chancellor's Council and serves on the TCU Lettermen's Association Board of Directors.

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