Officials in the School of Home Economics started adopting infants in 1921 so students could care for them. The babies were later placed with families. The program attracted national attention, money and faculty to create a modern school.
Dean Ella N. Miller arranged for the college to obtain the babies at intervals so teams of home economics students could watch and care for each baby in the school's cottage in six-week shifts.
The women named the first child Baby David, and raised money to care for him through their home economics society, known as Omicron Nu, by selling buttons, which read "Baby David Fund." Three months later, Baby David was delivered healthy and laughing to his new family.
Two more Baby Davids followed along with more national media attention. The program ended when its chief supporter, OAMC President James Eskridge, left office.