May 27, 2013

Graffiti Wall, at Scripps College, embodies the most enduring tradition at the women's institution in Claremont, Calif. Amid residence halls, The Wall, as it's known, displays the importance of residential life on the campus. From the first graduates, in 1931, to this year's, each class has made its mark on the Wall, preserving elements of Scripps culture—as expressed in the activities and concerns of each graduating class—from one generation of students to the next. One might say The Wall is the most precious artifact on the campus, for it is a symbol of the heritage of each Scripps student. Flanking a door through which graduates symbolically leave the campus, The Wall unites current students and alumnae. In 2007, a conservator and her team cleaned decades of dirt and grime from Graffitti Wall, restoring the legacy that each class has left to its successors.

—Judy Harvey Sahak, director of the Ella Strong Denison Library at Scripps College (and unofficial curator of The Wall) (All photographs by Richard Howard)

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