Fraternity History

Early Years

Founding Members

Paul McGann, Charled Richards, Clarence Ridgeway, Perry Dunn, Gurden Jones, Merrill Scudder, George Longley, Reese Humpherey, Arthur Hibbard, Harry Smith, Paul Du Bois, John Moore, George Bracy

The Oswego chapter of DK was initiated in 1926 and recognized by the college in March of 1927, making it the third chapter behind Cortland State (1925). In 1930 the fraternity was nationalized and incorporated. Because of the confusion with the Ku Klux Klan, the National Fraternity Called for a vote at the Annual Convention where on March 12 1936, the name was formally changed to Delta Kappa Fraternity. Delta Kappa. Since it had been known as Tri-Kappa and the triangle had been used to symbolize TRI. The Fraternity went inactive from 1944-1946 as its members joined the armed services. The chapter was reactivated in 1947. In 1953, the SUNY Board of Trustees decided to ban all national fraternities and sororities at state own institutions based on discrimination during the recruitment of new members. Several national organizations fought the ruling in Webb vs. State University of New York. The Fraternity was able to survive through changing the name to Delta Kappa Gamma in 1954 and then formally re-chartering on October 22, 1955.

Delta Kappa Kappa Fraternity currently resides at 86 Sheldon Avenue in Oswego, New York. Over the years there have been several official Fraternity houses. First on our history is our house on West Bridge Street house followed by the Wallace House on West Fifth Street from 1935 till WWII, and then followed up by our glorious home at 15 Bronson Street. Purchased in 1948 the house was a large stone structure with a frame wing to the West. The building was originally constructed in 1826, with the addition made at the turn of the century. The main floor of the building was Victorian in its design. The rooms included a drawing room, library, dining room, kitchen and front parlor, which were very spacious and ornate. The woodwork was mahogany, and the ceilings were covered with ornamental plaster. Fireplaces were present in each room down stairs with large mirrors overhead. Brother’s rooms were on the second and third floors. Tragically on January 9th 1983 our house at 15 Bronson Street was destroyed by fire. After efforts to rebuild, it soon to have become National Historical Society Home, we were forced to sell the land and take the proceeds to purchase our current Beautiful home one block from The Oswego State campus on 86 Sheldon Avenue.

The Fraternity Bond

The two things that the brothers of DKK are particularly proud of are our "colors" and our house. The colors are very special to us because they represent our legacy. The maroon and white are the only colors worn by DK Brothers, and as such, are highly visible on campus. The DK house is also very special to us because it is the one thing more than any other that represents the unity and strength of our bonds. Like the other local Fraternities who own houses, we take great pride in maintaining our home as a place to not only just celebrate social functions, but to also nurture the growth of our brotherhood. The acquisition of a house is not only a huge responsibility, but an honor that is most cherished on the Oswego campus. In order to maintain such a possession the active involvement of every brother is needed.

DKK is a social Fraternity that not only promotes fraternizing, but is also concerned with academics and community service. The past history of the relationship between DKK and the College is very positive. DKK has helped with on-campus events, as well as neighborhood improvement activities. DKK also boasts one of the highest GPA's among Greek Fraternities. DKK also has its share of outstanding leaders who are involved with many on campus clubs and associations. Delta Kappa Kappa is also a force to be reckoned with in athletics. In the past DKK has enjoyed many victories in the annual Greek Games and has also won, among other things, MRA football, softball, hockey and soccer. We also are competitive in basketball and many other sports. As a whole, DKK is always looking towards the future.