Murray State University is a public, 4-year university located in Murray, KY. Founded in 1922 as the Murray State Normal School, in 1926 it was renamed Murray State Normal School and Teachers College and in 1966 the school became Murray State University. The 250 acre campus, approximately 120 miles northwest of Nashville, TN, features a blend of collegiate gothic and modern architecture; most academic buildings surround the large grassy Quadrangle lined with trees on the south side of the campus. The official seal of the university is a Shield, taken from the coat-of-arms of the family of William Murray who was the Earl of Mansfield in Great Britain in the 18th century. The shield is blue with a gold border and includes three stars representing hope, endeavor and achievement.