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But why the Sphinx??

 

Go GREEN GRIFFINS!!!
The Mount Holyoke class mascots in their respective colors: the red pegasus, yellow sphinx, green griffin, and blue lion. image courtesy MHC Archives,
coloring by J. Loomer.

 
 
 

Blue Lions and Green Griffins Since the late 1800s Mount Holyoke classes had been voting on a variety of class colors, but it wasn't until 1901 that the classes voted for the colors that remain today. The class of 1901 chose hunter green, and the classes of '02, '03, '04 voted for crimson, golden yellow, and royal blue, respectively. In 1905 the classes adopted class animals: the lion, unicorn, tiger and dragon. Finally, in 1909, the students voted for lion, griffin, sphinx, and pegasus as their class animals. They also decided that even-year class animals would be pegasus and lion and their colors would be red and blue, and odd years would have griffin and sphinx, with green and yellow as their colors. This system has persisted to this day, and marks everything from our key holders to our library banners to the decals on the windows of the college store. Each class proudly displays their class color at class-related activities such as Convocation and DisOrientation, and it is an integral part of our identity as Mount Holyoke students.

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This page was created by Jennifer Loomer '04 and Katherine Underwood '05 in History 283, Fall Semester 2003
jmloomer@mtholyoke.edu and kaunderw@mtholyoke.edu