History and Traditions

In 1926, university students and alumni rallied to save one of our most beloved symbols of pride—the R constructed by students high on a hillside of the nearby San Bernardino Mountains.

The R watched proudly over our valley and our university below until the U.S. Forest Service threatened to remove it because of an advertising ban.

We urged officials to reconsider. It was a sign of loyalty, pride and history, we said. Our motives, we argued, "are among the highest that can adorn the human heart."

The R was saved.

Even in our infancy, the university was a place that valued history, and that has never changed in our 100-plus years.

From our legacy of community service to the revered Och Tamale chant, we celebrate a wide range of time-honored traditions with a commitment that grows deeper with every generation.

We soar on the strength of our shared histories.