Fall 2013

Humboldt State Traditions


The Humboldt State motto, “Phos Aletheia” (Greek for “Truth and Light”), was adopted during Humboldt State College’s 50th anniversary year.

What’s the Name Again?

Humboldt State has gone through six names in its journey from a Normal School to a University.
1913—Humboldt State Normal School
1921—Humboldt State Teachers College and Junior College Humboldt State
1927—Humboldt State Teachers College
1935—Humboldt State College
1972—California State University, Humboldt
1974—Humboldt State University

Lumberjack drawing


Humboldt State athletes first competed as the Thunderbolts. In 1936, they decided to change to the Lumberjacks. Lucky Logger came on as the school mascot in 1959.

Marching Lumberjacks

Since 1940, Humboldt State marching bands have entertained crowds during sporting events and other activities. For a while, they wore traditional “Block H” uniforms. More recently, they’ve favored flannel and hard hats.

In the mid-1960s, enrollment in the traditional marching band was dwindling.

It was decided that the music faculty would no longer lead the entertainment efforts at athletic events. Then, in 1968, the Marching Lumberjacks emerged with a unique take on the college scatter band.

Student Newspapers

1924—the Foghorn is first student-run newspaper
1929—the Foghorn becomes the Rooter
1930—the Rooter becomes the Lumberjack
2013—Lumberjack honored by the Society For Professional Journalists as “Best All-Around Non Daily Student Newspaper.”

Three College Songs of Yesteryear

Alma Mater

Far above Pacific’s water, with its waves of blue,
Stands our noble Alma Mater, glorious to view
Chorus: Hail, all hail to Humboldt College
Loud her praises sing
Hail to thee, our Alma Mater,
Hail, all hail, all hail to thee
College life is swiftly passing, soon its sands are run
While we live we’ll ever cherish, friendships here begun

On, Oh Humboldt

On, oh Humboldt! On, oh Humboldt!
Fight right through that line
Run the ball clear ‘round your rivals
Touchdown sure this time—Rah! Rah! Rah!
On, oh Humboldt! On, oh Humboldt!
Fight on for her fame
Fight, fellows, fight, fight, fight
And win this game!

Sons of H.S.C.

So, it’s onward ever Humboldt State
Forward to victory
And here’s a cheer that all may hear
For the sons of H.S.C.
Fight, fight, fight men of Humboldt State
‘Till the final score is told
Fight for the valor of her forest green
And the glory of her sunset gold