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From the files of the UCLA History Project


Published Jul 1, 2007 8:00 AM

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In 1931, UCLA senior Carl Schaefer, immediate past editor of the Daily Bruin, had the brilliant idea of flying a "Victory Flag" from the Dickson Court flagpole every time the Bruins celebrated an athletic victory. The majestic 12-by-31-foot flag, a gift of the West Los Angeles Rotary Club, featured a snowy white background and the letters "UCLA," trimmed in blue and gold.

But there are holes in our history. In this photo, for example, the Victory Flag is hanging from the south loggia of Royce Hall. But for what occasion? Was the flag flown for reasons other than athletic victories? When did the Victory Flag tradition end?

We know that the original flag (above) was retired and that a second Victory Flag replaced it 18 years later. We previously thought the undated photo directly below was that of the second flag. However, the discovery of the flag in the 1950s Spring Sing photo (below) now makes us wonder: Were there three flags? Whatever became of them?


Thanks to several observant Bruins, we now know more about the military men in our 1950s Spring Sing photo below (UCLA Magazine, April 2007). Jeremiah R. Dandoy '59, Brooks Baldwin '56 and John Miottel '55 all recognized their Theta Xi fraternity brothers at Spring Sing in the Hollywood Bowl, circa 1953. "Theta Xi was heavily populated by NROTC midshipmen, hence the U.S. Navy-issue khaki officers' uniforms," Miottel says. John Fuller '50 was able to make out the flag's inscription to A.J. Sturzenegger, pointing out that "Sturzy" was the football team's kicking coach. Thanks to Fuller's eagle eyes, we made a connection between the Spring Sing photo and the photo of the "new" flag at right.

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Please help us solve the mystery behind the Victory Flag photos! E-mail us at UCLAHistoryProject
(include "Name That Photo" in the subject line), or write to: UCLA History Project, James West Alumni Center, Box 951397, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1397. And check out more pics on our "Name That Photo" feature at



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