1928-31 - Student sculptors entered their designs in an international contest for a new university symbol.
1931 - Sculptor Theodore Andre Beck, of the Yale School of Fine Arts, won the contest and a $1,000 prize. He was a special guest at Aloha Oe.
By 1932 - UT copyrighted use of its official symbol, but the Great Depression, World War II, controversy over design modifications, and high cost estimates meant only small Torchbearer replicas were used from 1937-1968.
1968 - The nine-foot-tall statue with the sculptor’s final modifications was unveiled in Circle Park.
Torchbearer is also the name of the highest student honor conferred by UT and the name of our alumni publication.