History & Traditions

  • Santa Clara Snapshot: 1912

    Santa Clara Snapshot: 1912

    Holly Hanbury-Brown '12, 1 Nov 2012

    With the addition of courses in engineering, architecture, and law, the college becomes a university—and the celebration in June draws tens of thousands.

    Fall 2012

  • Santa Clara Snapshot: 1962

    Santa Clara Snapshot: 1962

    Holly Hanbury-Brown '12, 24 May 2012

    The first woman graduated with a bachelor's degree from SCU, the University welcomed Eunice Kennedy Shriver as the commencement speaker, and Santa Clara mourned the loss of Fr. Bernard R. Hubbard, the "Glacier Priest."

    Summer 2012

  • Storybook season

    Storybook season

    Mark Purdy, 24 May 2012

    The 1962 Broncos pitched, ran, and swatted their way to being the top-ranked team in the nation and to the College World Series. Then they battled it out in a grueling 15-inning title cruncher that was one for the record books.

    Summer 2012

  • Bucky Bronco confidential

    Bucky Bronco confidential

    Jeff Gire and Sam Scott '96, 5 Apr 2012

    Who wears the costume today may be classified information. But here’s one secret revealed: how Bucky came to be.

    Spring 2012

  • Santa Clara Snapshot:1987

    Santa Clara Snapshot:1987

    Holly Hanbury-Brown '12, 5 Apr 2012

    1987—a year of pennies, Diet Coke, and the first Reggae Sunsplash on campus.

    Spring 2012

  • Santa Clara Snapshot: 1942

    Santa Clara Snapshot: 1942

    Jon Teel '12, 12 Jan 2012

    1942 was a year of great change for the Mission Campus as the country ramped up for war.

    Winter 2012 | SNAPSHOT

  • Bribes, bombs, and outright lies

    Bribes, bombs, and outright lies

    Deborah Lohse, 12 Jan 2012

    Legendary lawyer Clarence Darrow comes to campus—and shows that ethical issues raised in the Trial of the Century remain as vexing today as they did when spittoons lined the courthouse floor.

    Winter 2012 | LAW

  • Sweetness

    Sweetness

    Chuck Hildebrand, 12 Jan 2012

    On New Year’s Day 1937, a team from a little Jesuit school in the Santa Clara Valley stunned the sports world with an upset that won them the Sugar Bowl. And put their home on the map.

    Winter 2012 | HISTORY & TRADITION

  • Santa Clara Snapshot: 2001

    Santa Clara Snapshot: 2001

    Jon Teel '12 , 1 Oct 2011

    2001: Santa Clara celebrated its 150th year in June. That fall, the University mourned the victims of the September 11 attacks including student Deora Bodley and alumnus Lawrence Getzfred ’71.

    Fall 2011

  • Race matters

    Race matters

    Anne Federwisch , 1 Jul 2010

    When Antonio Estremera ’72 came to Santa Clara in 1968, he intended to major in history, not make it.

    Summer 2010