2017 marks the 150-year anniversary of the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth. Sylvanus Thayer graduated first as valedictorian from Dartmouth in 1807, and then from West Point in 1808. By 1817, West Point was in a shambles. Thayer was appointed by President Monroe to fix it. The reforms and practices he implemented have resulted in the West Point of today. Because of this, he is revered as the father of West Point.