Dartmouth’s football program will pay homage to one of the college’s historic landmarks by wearing a new helmet design featuring the Lone Pine during Friday’s game against Columbia (6 p.m. on ESPNU).
Formerly known as Old Pine, Lone Pine stood on the hill behind Shattuck Observatory for over 150 years. It served as a gathering place for senior graduates until 1895 when it was cut down due to lightning and wind damage.
The tree was inducted into the American Forestry Association Hall of Fame in 1922 and was cited by the United States Department of Agriculture as a “famous tree” in 1938.
The remains of the tree are kept in a locked storage room at the Rauner Special Collections Library, while the Class of 1927 planted a tree in his honor in 1967. The Class of 1967 has since assumed responsibility for it. maintenance of the new tree, which is known as Dartmouth Pine and sits at the entrance to the Bema, a landscaped amphitheater at the eastern end of campus.
Additionally, all beginnings are performed behind the Ole Pine pulpit, which is a replica of the tree truck.
As for the helmet the Big Green will wear on Friday, it sports the Lone Pine symbol created by graduate John Scotford in 1969 for the college’s bicentennial on both sides. The symbol also became an important part of the school’s academic logo during a rebranding in 2018, as noted above.
This will be the first time since 1998 that the Big Green will not wear its iconic helmet design, which was first introduced in 1965 and features two pairs of plunging stripes flanking a “D” block on the front.
The Lone Pine helmet will be worn with Dartmouth’s standard green home shirt – which already included the symbol on its sleeves – and white pants.
Photos courtesy of @Dartmouth and @DartFootball on Twitter.