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Victory Star

black and white image of lit up star on water tower


Students first saw the Victory Star on campus in December 1936. It was placed as a Christmas decoration on top of a water tower near where the Chemistry Building stands today. After the holidays, the star was taken down.

In 1942, a night watchman found it. He placed the star on the water tower and turned it on when the Bobcats won football games, creating a new tradition.

the victory star is lit up at night on the top of jackson hall

The Star Today

When the water tower was replaced, the tradition was moved to Jackson Hall, the tallest building on campus. A local sign maker built a new star for the top of Jackson Hall, and the star can be seen from miles away when the Bobcats win athletic events or during graduation.