The BYU-Idaho story begins on a cold November day in 1888, when Latter-day Saint pioneers in the newly settled town of Rexburg gathered for the opening of a new academy. Bannock Stake Academy, as it was first known, grew and matured over the ensuing decades. Its curriculum and name changed more than once. It forged ahead through uncertainty and difficulty to become Ricks College, the venerable institution that laid the foundation for BYU-Idaho.