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School of Dentistry History

A History of Excellence in Dentistry

Creighton School of Dentistry has a long-standing legacy of exceptional education for students and quality dental care for patients. Our rich history dates back to 1905, when the School first opened its doors. In 1973, a new clinic welcomed its first patient.

Today, Creighton Dentistry continues its mission of educating dentists who go on to make a difference in their communities and in the dental profession.

Creighton Dentistry Milestones

  • 1905: The School of Dentistry opens its doors in the Edward Creighton Institute.
  • 1921: The School outgrows the Institute and relocates to CU Campus.
  • 1973: Doors open at Boyne School of Dental Science Building, named in grateful acknowledgment to Dr. Harry N. and Maude Boyne who named Creighton as the sole beneficiary of their estate.
  • 2011: The School awarded a degree to its 5000th graduate.
  • 2018: Moved into the state-of-the-art dental facility. 

View more Noteworthy Names

  • Charles Woodbury, DDS, world renowned leader in Gold Foil placement, taught at the school for many years.
  • A. Hugh Hipple, DDS, dean from 1908-1933, presided over “new” school and maturation of the program.
  • Raymond Shaddy, DDS, 1953 graduate dean from 1962-1971, led effort for Boyne School, started Indian Chicano (now One World) and ILAC dental programs.
  • Wayne Barkmeier, DDS, dean from 1994-2005 and 2009-2011, respected dental materials researcher.