The Wright Brothers put Dayton, Ohio on the map as the birthplace of aviation. Since then, Dayton has evolved into a leading aerospace, technology, and industrial research center. The prosperity has bolstered the city's cultural amenities, its urban architecture and design, and breathed new life into Dayton colleges and universities. Dayton's art scene is anchored by the Dayton Art Institute, and also features a world-class performing arts center. Dayton's sports fans can root for local basketball, hockey, minor-league baseball, and even roller derby teams.
The University of Dayton, a private Catholic institution, is the most prominent of the city's colleges and universities. Wright State University, a public four-year university, features the city's only medical school, The Kettering College of Medical Arts. The Ohio Institute of Photography and Technology offers career-focused higher education, as does Sinclair Community College, the country's leading public two-year college.