In 1925, 26 men founded the Delta Eta Chapter of Delta Tau Delta at The University of Alabama. Delta Tau Delta quickly became a leading fraternity on campus in virtually all aspects. Over the past 84 years, a diverse mix of outstanding men have walked through the doors of Delta Tau Delta and become part of our storied legacy. Notable Alumni include Forrest Gump writer Winston Groom, Actor Jim Nabors, and past president of the Alabama State Bar Association, Reginald Hamner. Whether it is dominance in Intramural sports, the Jason's Jamboree, academics, leadership or philanthropy, Delta Tau Delta has been on the forefront of Greek life at the University of Alabama.
Delta Tau Delta's original Shelter stood in the shadow of Bryant-Denny Stadium behind the current Phi Kappa Psi house. The new Shelter was built in 1964 after the University made money available to fraternities to build new houses on Jefferson Ave. This opportunity combined with the Delts having outgrown their house resulted in the move.
In 1858 Delta Tau Delta was founded at Bethany College. Eight undergraduates, angered by a fixed vote for a prize in oratory to be given at the Neotrophian Literary Society, the only real forum for students to practice and demonstrate skills in poetry, public speaking, and writing essays, responded by forming a secret society. The purpose of the new society, known by the Greek letters Delta Tau Delta, was to see that the Neotrophian Society was returned to a normal democracy, and delivered from the hands of the group of students who seized it. The Fraternity was founded to right an unjust situation; Delta Tau Delta was born of the knowledge that integrity is essential. Its eight founders', outraged that one group of students would and could choose in advance the candidate they favored, then join together to swing enough votes for that man to win, regardless of his actual performance in the contest, presented the first opportunity for Delts to realize the importance of accountability.