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Tech was talking—in 1958
ANAK starts Rat Cap idea


"Nothing is more disgusting," declared Dean of Students George C. Griffin, "than a rat wearing a dirty, faded Rat Cap."
Dean Griffin further stated that in his opinion a freshman hat similar to the one used at Duke University would be better looking upon a freshman going to church.
In 1915, ANAK started the present tradition of freshmen caps.
Although freshmen were not required to wear caps, most freshmen obtained caps and wrote their names on the bills.
Freshmen inscribed their caps with many sayings popular at the time. The one which became most famous is "To Hell with Georgia" is, now found on all rat caps.
Over the years football scores written on the caps became another freshman tradition.
Today rat caps distinguish Tech students from high school or other college students as they have done for more than 40 years.
These caps help introduce a student by showing his name, hometown, class, and major.


Copyright © 1998 by Gregory S. Scherrer, Editor and by the Student Publications Board

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