San Jose State University (SJSU) is a California State University located in Downtown San Jose.


The Tower Bell

Tower Bell, photo by Sabrina Hodge

The Tower Bell is a 3,000 pound (1,360.8 kg) bell located at San Jose State University. The bell was cast in 1881 to commemorate the California State Normal School. It was rung at 8 a.m. every day until an earthquake in 1906. It was then reinstalled in 1910 in then-new Tower Hall, but was only rung on special occasions. Concerns over earthquakes led to the bell being removed from the tower and installed at ground level in the early 1960s.

The Spartan Rose Garden

Spartan Rose Garden in February 2015, photo by Sabrina Hodge

The Spartan Rose Garden was reestablished on the campus of San Jose State University in 2007 to mark the school's 150th birthday. Prior to this, the Spartan Rose had been chosen as the official flower in 1957, and grown in beds along the Central Classroom Building.









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