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Hail to the Hills Archive

From the files of the UCLA History Project.

Lighting the Way: History Was Not on Their Side
History Was Not on Their SideFew Bruins faced more fateful choices than Iva Toguri ’40 and Hitoshi Yonemura.
Apr 1, 2020
Lighting the Way: John Wooden Changed My Life
John Wooden Changed My LifeA UCLA varsity yell leader remembers the influence that the legendary basketball coach had on his life.
Jan 1, 2020
Lighting the Way: Welcome to the Woods
Lighting the Way: Royce's RoleUCLA UniCamp, run by student volunteers, provides outdoor experiences for underserved youth. And both groups flourish from it.
Oct 1, 2019
Lighting the Way: Royce's Role
Lighting the Way: Royce's RoleThe man for whom UCLA’s flagship building is named was a proponent of idealism and devotion to a cause — fitting for the university’s legacy of optimism and service.
Jul 1, 2019
Cold Play
Cold PlayAn all-year ice rink, the Tropical Ice Gardens, thrived in Westwood Village from 1938 to 1949 and was home to UCLA’s ice hockey team.
Dec 14, 2018
Final Service
Final ServiceThings came full circle for Arthur Ashe, whose first and final victories took place in the very same tournament.
Sep 14, 2018
A Balloon of a Building
A Balloon of a BuildingPowell Library was once relocated for five years to a futuristic structure named Temporary Powell, known as “Towell.”
Jul 1, 2018
Starving for Justice
Starving for JusticeA 1993 hunger strike led to the creation of UCLA’s César E. Chávez Center.
Mar 14, 2018
A Fine Figure
A Fine FigureUCLA’s North Campus is home to a number of works by renowned sculptor Robert Graham.
Jan 1, 2018
Look Up and Learn
Look Up and Learn At UCLA, teaching isn’t confined to classrooms — even the buildings offer a lesson or two.
Oct 1, 2017
Written in Stone
Written in StoneTake a look at some of the inscriptions on campus that you may have missed before.
Jul 1, 2017
History Onboard
History OnboardThe Freedom Train sparked a rededication to American values at UCLA.
Apr 1, 2017
Tastes of UCLA
Tastes of UCLAAn exploration of campus cuisine, past and present.
Jan 1, 2017
The Way We Were
The Way We Were Bruins of all ages love to recall the Westwood stores, cafés and nightspots where they made lasting memories.
Oct 1, 2016
Jump Start
Jump StartA mediocre paintings collection secured by a UC Regent in 1938 was the catalyst that eventually landed UCLA on the national art scene.
Jul 1, 2016
A Home on "The Hill"
A Home on More than 50 years ago, a visionary provost prompted UCLA’s transformation to a residential campus.
Apr 1, 2016
Ahead of Its Time
Ahead of Its TimeThe UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute pioneered the idea of interdisciplinary research.
Jan 1, 2016
UCLA Goes to War
UCLA Goes to WarWhen the U.S. entered World War II in December 1941, so did UCLA.
Oct 1, 2015
"Uncle Welton" in Westwood
Uncle Welton The legendary architect who defined much of the look of mid-20th century Los Angeles carved his vision into the UCLA campus, too.
Jul 1, 2015
Hunting Hidden Treasures
Hunting Hidden Treasures Take a different kind of campus tour by scoping out lesser-known landmarks you may never have noticed.
Apr 1, 2015
Drama King
Drama King Kenneth Macgowan's tenure at UCLA was his fourth career.
Jan 15, 2015
Disappearing Acts
Disappearing ActsHow many of these vanished campus landmarks do you remember?
Oct 1, 2014
Generosity of Angelenos
GenerosityFrom the beginning, the people of Los Angeles have lent their support to UCLA and rallied to its needs.
May 16, 2014
The Start of Wooden's Winning Streak
The Start of Wooden's Winning StreakSome say it was the full-court press. Others say it was the snowstorm.
Apr 1, 2014
Kent Graham: Lessons from the End of the Bench
Kent Graham: Lessons from the End of the Bench"People treat you differently when they know that you are a part — albeit a tiny part — of something historic and wonderful."
Apr 1, 2014
Name Game
UCLA Name GameTest your knowledge of where campus buildings got their names.
Jan 1, 2014
UCLA Building Name Origins
UCLA Building Name OriginsA list of UCLA building names and their origins.
Jan 1, 2014
A Woman's Work
A Woman's WorkUCLA’s first dean of women was a trailblazer for female opportunities.
Oct 1, 2013
If This Walk Could Talk
bruinwalkhail The campus "memory lane" has seen everything from political protests to soapbox derby races.
Jul 1, 2013
The Hills Have Ayes
Founders Rock UCLA's alma mater would have started with "Hail to the cliffs of Palos Verdes..." had UC Regent Edward Dickson not discovered the hills of Westwood.
Apr 1, 2013
A Bruin Presidential Quiz
Bruin Presidential Quiz Can you list UCLA's connections to the nation's chief executives?
Jan 1, 2013
Game Change: Ann Meyers Drysdale
meyersHer superior athleticism made stardom a slam dunk for Ann Meyers Drysdale.
Oct 1, 2012
Brother Bruin: The Extraordinary Life of Buck Compton
youngbuckcompton A Bruin who excelled on the battlefield, on the playing field and in the courtroom.
Jul 1, 2012
Stained Glass Splendor on Campus

Stained Glass Splendor Some shots of UCLA’s more splendid side.
Apr 1, 2012
Being Bruin: By the Numbers
HailHillsjan12Think you know about UCLA athletics history? Here's your chance to prove it.
Jan 1, 2012
Westwood: Opening Day
Brand-new LibraryWhen UCLA's new Westwood home opened in 1929, there were no blue jeans in sight.
Oct 1, 2011
Not Your Average Joe
1920s Joe BruinUCLA without Joe Bruin? Almost happened.
Jul 1, 2011
Bridge to the Past
Arroyo BridgeAnother groundbreaking Bruin moment from the files of the UCLA History Project.
Apr 1, 2011
Being Bruin: By the Numbers
1970s student with peace signThink you know about UCLA student life through the decades? Prove it in a quiz! (Judge for yourself on Q #8: was Kerckhoff even more fantastic in '79?)
Jan 1, 2011
Sight Site
Sight SiteAt the 1964 groundbreaking of UCLA's Jules Stein Eye Institute, Bette Davis and Bob Hope were two of the A-listers rubbing shoulders with Stein.
Oct 1, 2010
Waterworks Down: The Inverted Fountain Story
Waterworks Down: The Inverted Fountain StoryThe Inverted Fountain was inspired by Yellowstone's bubbling springs, decorated with hand-picked rocks from Claremont, and is shallower than it started (to curtail student cannonballs).
Jul 1, 2010
Hail to the Hills: It's All in the Postcards
It's All in the PostcardsMy how it's changed! UCLA postcards show scenes of the campus in years' past.
Apr 1, 2010
Being Bruin: By the Numbers
Being Bruin: By the NumbersThink you know UCLA history better than Joe Bruin? Take this quiz to test your knowledge.
Jan 1, 2010
Hail to the Hills: Stars, Stripes, and Sousa
Stars, Stripes, and SousaThis one time, John Philip Sousa led the marching band ... John Philip Sousa's final national tour included a visit with the Bruin band.
Oct 1, 2009
Song, Statue, Celebration
Song, Statue, CelebrationTwo UCLA icons, The Bruin Bear and the "Mighty Bruins" fight song, mark their 25th anniversary.
Jul 1, 2009
Yesterday's Hope, Today's Truth
DescriptionWhen Martin Luther King spoke at UCLA in 1965, he inspired students to end segregation and bring peace.
Apr 1, 2009
Being Bruin: By The Numbers
Being Bruin: By the NumbersThink you know UCLA history? Here's your chance to prove it.
Jan 1, 2009
Hail to the Hills: Old UCLA Burns
Old UCLA BurnsThe first class on UCLA's Westwood campus arrived in 1929, months before planned, after the downtown chemistry building mysteriously went up in chemical-fueled flames.
Oct 1, 2008
Into the Woods
Into the WoodsEleven UCLA students organized a food drive in 1934 to benefit needy children and families in West Los Angeles. But the student volunteers wanted to do more.
Jul 1, 2008
A Presidential Visit
A Presidential VisitTen days before the event, the Daily Bruin broke the news: President Bill Clinton had accepted UCLA's invitation to speak at its 75th anniversary convocation on May 20, 1994, kicking off the university's yearlong celebration.
Apr 1, 2008
'The Great One'
'The Great One'UCLA's Gary Beban is the only bruin to have ever won the Heisman.
Oct 1, 2007
Banner Victories
Banner VictoriesIn 1931, the Victory Flag proudly flew from Royce Hall. But to celebrate what? Help the UCLA History Project discover the truth.
Jul 1, 2007
Gong with the Wind
Gong With the WindIn fall of 1950, UCLA celebrated the return of the Victory Bell after three years in the hands of USC.
Oct 1, 2006
Bunche's Tall Tales
Bunche's Tall TalesWhy Bunche Hall is really on stilts, and other lore about the building named for the Bruin Nobel Peace Prize winner.
Apr 1, 2006


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