This begins the first of an occasional series of articles about colleges that have purchased Rhino Rugby brand teamwear and equipment. For this review, Rhino salutes the outstanding Men's rugby program at Franklin & Marshall College.
F&M was founded in 1787 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, with a £200 grant from Ben Franklin. Its initial board of trustees included four signers of the Declaration of Independence. The mission was to provide classes in English and German, making it the first bilingual college in the United States. In 1836, Marshall College was founded in Mercersburg, Pennsylvania, named after John Marshall, the fourth Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. Discussions between the two institutions led to a merger in 1853, establishing Franklin and Marshall College located in Lancaster. The President of the first Board of Trustees was James Buchanan, who would become the 15th President of the United States.