In 1947, the year Florida State became a co-educational institution, Jack Haskin founded the Flying High Circus. Under Haskin’s direction, the FSU Circus grew from a small show in an old Army gymnasium to a nationally famous organization. For seventeen years, Haskin taught in the Florida States Department of Recreation. His foresight and creativity in bringing the circus, a rare opportunity for gymnasts and other athletes at Florida State to perform, has given FSU a special recognition. Every spring when the Flying High Circus tent is raised on the Florida State campus it stands as a memorial to its founder Jack Haskin.