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A member of the breakdance troupe SickStep performs at Spark!, a multimedia showcase on August 18, 2006, marking the inaugural year of Visions and Voices: The USC Arts and Humanities Initiative.


Trojan victory signs held high, members of the Trojan Family fill Hahn Central Plaza on October 6, 2005, kicking off Festival 125, a four-day all-university open house celebrating USC’s 125th anniversary.


Hollywood turns out big-time in March 2001, as USC’s Robert Zemeckis Center for Digital Arts marks a new era in the making of motion pictures. At the head table are Avid Technology CEO David Krall, filmmakers George Lucas ’66, Robert … Continue reading


When the Olympics arrive in summer 1984, the University Park campus is transformed into Los Angeles’ largest Olympic Village, as evident in this view down Trousdale Parkway.


The three men who made the original gift of land to establish USC are as diverse as 19th-century Los Angeles (left to right): Isaias W. Hellman, a German-Jewish banker and philanthropist; former California governor John G. Downey, an Irish-Catholic pharmacist … Continue reading


Designed in 1908 by renowned architects Charles and Henry Greene as a retirement home for the heirs to the Procter & Gamble legacy, the Gamble House in Pasadena is an outstanding example of American Arts and Crafts architecture. Learn more.


George Tirebiter I serves as USC’s student body mascot from 1947 to 1949.


The USC mobile dental clinic.


Instituted in 1982, USC’s Academic Honors Convocation has its origins in a special centennial faculty convocation held in October 1980 as “a symbol of the debt we owe to those who have contributed to the first 100 years of academic … Continue reading


The $70 million, 110,000-square-foot John McKay Center, located just west of Heritage Hall, will house meeting rooms, coaches’ offices and a locker room for the football program, as well as an academic center, weight room, athletic training room and state-of-the-art … Continue reading


Musician, outdoorsman and electrical engineer Steven B. Sample takes office as USC’s tenth president on March 31, 1991. Read his profile.


USC Theta Psi fraternity, 1912.


The KUSC studio broadcasts a live performance.


The first attempt at a sequential card stunt for a football crowd is made under the direction of Lindley Bothwell in the stands on USC’s Bovard Field.


This 1884 view of “downtown” Los Angeles, showing Main Street north of Temple, would have been a familiar sight to the members of USC’s first graduating class.


History was made September 4, 1880, when nearly one-tenth of the population of Los Angeles turned out to witness the laying of the cornerstone for USC’s first structure—today’s Widney Alumni House. As building namesake and USC founder R.M. Widney reflected … Continue reading


The first USC football squad is formed in 1888. Before being nicknamed the Trojans in 1912, they are known variously as the USC Cardinals and as the Methodists.


USC launches Friends and Neighbors Service Day, an annual “volunteer blitz” that teams students and community residents to clean up local neighborhoods.


Fleetwood Mac invites the Trojan Marching Band to perform on the title song for the album “Tusk,” which becomes the band’s first platinum album.