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The original bell began at Arizona State

Teachers College in the late 1930s as a dinner

bell that hung in the dining hall and summoned

students to meals. Shortly after, however, the bell

started being sounded for athletic victories, thus

becoming the Victory Bell.

Ringing the bell called students and fans

to the stadium before each football game, and

commemorated each win - the number of rings

equaled the number of points scored by the

Sun Devils.

However, in 1956, Senator Carl Hayden donated

a piece of sandstone from the original White House,

and as part of the christening ceremony for the

opening of the Memorial Union, the bell was installed

on this pedestal and given a place of honor on the

west patio. The bell was removed some time in the

1970s when the Memorial Union was remodeled and

disappeared from the Tempe campus.

The ASU Undergraduate Student Government

purchased the new Victory Bell as a gift to the

students, student-athletes, alumni, and supporters

of Arizona State University in 2013. Cast in 1941

by the 19th century Meneely Bell Foundry, and

18.75 inches in diameter and 150 pounds, this

bell closely resembles the original in both size

and model.

It is mounted on a custom Maroon and Gold

wagon, and is portable and will be present at all

sporting venues to ring in victories. A Victory Bell

Honor Guard, which will be made up primarily

of ROTC students, has been established to

accompany the bell when in public and at Sun

Devil Athletics events.

The pitchfork, long the accessory of choice for Sparky the

Mascot, took over as the officially school logo for the Sun

Devils as part of a rebranding effort in 2011. An exclusive and

contemporary mark, the pitchfork is now used consistently

across all of our Sun Devil teams. Anytime someone sees the

logo, they will instantly recognize it as Sun Devil Athletics.

Additionally, the pitchfork is well-represented among fans

and student-athletes alike in the form of the iconic hand

gesture seen on game day at all manners of Sun Devil sporting

events. The Sun Devil football team also celebrates its team

victories by spiking the pitchfork into the ground in front of the

student section at the end of games prior to engaging in the

fight song.

VICTORY BELL

PITCHFORK

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