Los Angeles in Los Angeles County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
A Gathering Place
—USC — University of Southern California —
Tommy Trojan attracts people for pep rallies, political assemblies and open-air performances. Visitors invariably pose with him for photographs; students study between classes on the steps at his base; and he is a favorite rendezvous point for alumni, faculty, staff and students.
Tommy Trojan was originally conceived by then-president of the General Alumni Association, James McCoy, as a birthday gift for USC’s fiftieth anniversary. Between 1928 and 1930, the GAA raised $10,000 for the project and commissioned Los Angeles sculptor Roger Noble Burnham to create the sculpture. Several USC football players modeled for Burnham, ensuring the bronze warrior a true Trojan pedigree. Tommy was officially welcomed into the Trojan Family on June 6, 1930, when the Trojan Shrine was dedicated as part of the university's semi-centennial celebration.
While Tommy Trojan is clearly USC’s most famous campus landmark, adjacent Bovard Administration Building is a close second. The building, designed by John and Donald Parkinson, was completed in 1921 and named for USC’s fourth president, George
Across Childs Way, the Italian Romanesque-style Gwynn Wilson Student Union Building also invites people to congregate. The building, designed by Parkinson and Parkinson, was constructed in 1927-28. In 1970, it was named for a pivotal figure on campus, a man who devoted much of his life to USC, serving as student body president, athletic director, president of the General Alumni Association and life trustee.
Erected 1996 by USC History Project, USC General Alumni Association. Sponsored by Joe Boyd and Betty C. Noble.
Location. Touch for map. It is near the statue at the corner of the Bovard Administration Building. Marker is in this post office area: Los Angeles CA 90089, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Student Media (a few steps from this marker); Gwynn Wilson Student Union (within shouting distance of this marker); Teaching and Learning (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); First Meeting of the USC Board of Trustees (about 300 feet away); Petrified Tree from the Arizona Forest (about 700 feet away); USC Urban Legends (about 700 feet away); John C. Argue Plaza (about 700 feet away); The Oldest University Building in Southern California (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Los Angeles.
More about this marker. This marker shows a timeline from 1870 to 2000 marking when USC was founded, the Bovard Administration Building was dedicated, and when the Trojan Shrine was dedicated. It has a number of photographs (clockwise from top left): a postcard view of Tommy Trojan which reads “The Trojan Statue, University of Southern California at Los Angeles;”
Categories. • Architecture • Education • Landmarks •
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