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GW In History

25 Years Ago

George, the University’s well-liked presidential mascot, was slated to get the revolutionary boot when GW decided to replace it with the Colonial. Although many students said they liked the George Washington-replica, Acting Men’s Athletics Director W.R. “Chip” Zimmer and other officials said the “circus-type image” had to go. Zimmer told the Hatchet that the new mascot, dressed in a colonial outfit, would preferably be “a young, active, athletic Colonial…with no mask or anything like that.”

50 Years Ago

Playboy magazine Editor and Publisher Hugh Hefner, by request of GW’s yearbook staff, picked the school’s 1957 Cherry Tree Queen, Miss Buena Miller. “Hef” leafed through submitted candid shots and formal portraits of 12 candidates before choosing Miller, a junior history of art major with golden curls and a beaming smile. “[M]ay this year’s Cherry Tree Queen prove as popular with the students of George Washington University as Playboy’s Playmates are with college students throughout the U.S.,” Hefner wrote to the yearbook’s editor.

100 Years Ago

Gertrude M. Hubbard, whose late husband Gardiner G. Hubbard was a University trustee, donated $1,000 for a GW scholarship. The accolade, known as the Gardiner G. Hubbard Memorial Prize, has been awarded for the past century on an annual basis to an undergraduate senior who maintains the highest four-year standing in American History.

GW Magazine gratefully acknowledges the assistance of University Archives in the identification of interesting historical information. For more about GW’s history, check out the University Archives Web site by accessing The site’s Historical Almanac is especially informative.