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
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.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Architecture • Education • Landmarks.
Location. 34° 1.232′ N, 118° 17.13′ W. Marker is in Los Angeles, California, in Los Angeles County. Marker is at the intersection of Childs Way and Trousdale Parkway, on the right when traveling west on Childs Way. It is near the statue at the corner of the Bovard Administration Building. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Los Angeles CA 90089, United States of America. Touch for directions.
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); Campus Life (about 300 feet away); First Meeting of the USC Board of Trustees (about 300 feet away); The Founding of USC (about 400 feet away); Ceasar Estrada Chavez (about 400 feet away); Student Musical Traditions (about 500 feet 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;” photo taken at the dedication of the statue; a postcard view of the Bovard Administration Building; photos captioned “a rally at Tommy Trojan from the 1970s;” “Former U.S. President Ronald Reagan addresses a capacity crowd in the Kenneth Norris, Jr. Auditorium, shortly after leaving office in 1989;” and two photographs jointly captioned “Sculptor Roger Noble Burnham poses with models for his creation.”
Credits. This page was last revised on February 27, 2019. It was originally submitted on February 4, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 137 times since then and 27 times this year. Last updated on February 9, 2019, by Douglass Halvorsen of Klamath Falls, Oregon. Photos: 1. submitted on February 4, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on February 9, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. 7, 8. submitted on February 17, 2019, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. 9. submitted on January 10, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.