While colors had been used by classes for years, it wasn't until 1901 that they voted on the 4 main colors that we used today. in fact, that year the class of 1904 - 120 years before our incoming first-year class - became the first to adopt royal blue.
And like the classes then, your animal was the lion, unicorn, dragon or tiger, right?
Well, in 1905 it would have been. It wasn't until 1909 that the lion, griffin, sphinx, and Pegasus were invited to stay, and they've been part of Mount Holyoke's class traditons ever since. In recent years the purple phoenix and teal owls, representing our Frances Perkins and Graduate students, respectively, have joined the menagerie.
Here's a link to the class colors chart, so that you can see all the years that share your class color. Pretty cool!
Also, did you know that the Alumnae Association office on the first floor of Mary Woolley Hall has a magnificent set of stained glass ‘windows’ hanging in their hallway? Each of the four windows showcases one of Mount Holyoke’s four main class animals; the Pegasus, sphinx, lion, and griffin. They were created by alum Ann R. Thompson ’58 and Ted Traver (Traver Artisans 1980-1988). They need to make 2 more, don't you think?
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