The Mississippi State University of Agriculture and Applied Science is a public, 4-year school located in Starkville, MS and Mississippi State an unincorporated area in rural Mississippi. Founded in 1878 as The Agricultural and Mechanical College of the State of Mississippi, in 1932 the Legislature renamed the university as Mississippi State College. In 1958 the Legislature renamed the university as Mississippi State University. The immense 4200 acre campus, including farms, pastures, and woodlands of the Experiment Station, is set 125 miles northeast of Jackson, MS and features traditional collegiate red brick architecture. The campus is centered around a main quad called the “Drill Field” due to its use by Corp of Cadets during WWII. Among noted alumni of the university are Toxey Haas, founder and CEO of Haas Outdoors, Inc. (Mossy Oak), Hartley Peavey, founder of Peavey Electronics and author John Grisham.