UNLIKE NO OTHER TRADITION
Carol of Lights
The favorite of Tech’s traditions began in 1959 and is celebrated throughout the month of December. All the campus buildings on the Broadway entrance to Memorial Circle, on the Science Quadrangle and Engineering Key, are covered in thousands of red, white and orange Christmas lights. A formal ceremony, torch-lighted parade, trumpeters and season- al music precede the throwing of the switch that begins the month-long observance of the Carol of Lights. Traditionally, the event is held on the first Friday of December.
An image study in 1989 brought out loud and clear that to Texas Techsan’s the Double T represents tra- dition, pride and school identity. Historical evidence suggests that Tech’s first football coaches, E.Y. Free- land and Grady Higginbotham, are the originators of this campus trademark, first using it on letter sweat- ers. No campus symbol is so readily identified with Texas Tech as the Double T.
Did You Know?
Texas Tech was founded in 1923 as Texas Technologi- cal College. It became Texas Tech University in 1969 upon approval from the Texas Leg- islature.
The hand sign of Texas Tech is the “Guns Up,” made by extending the index finger outward while extending the thumb upward and tucking in the middle, little and fourth fingers to form a gun. The idea is that Tech fans will shoot down their opponents.