Tigers

Tiger Sculpture

Courtesy of the Office of Alumni Affairs

"Tiger, tiger, tiger" emerged as a rallying cheer early in Princeton's history, along with the growing use of orange and black as the school's colors. In the 1880s sportswriters began to refer to Princeton players as "tigers," and the tiger and its colors started to leap forth in songs and student publications. From then on the tiger found a home at Princeton, and can be seen suited up at athletics and community events, and as vivid but stationary details on buildings and in classrooms. Much loved are the tiger sculptures, which grace campus with their elegant forms and, despite their latent ferocity, are often tussled with by passing children.

The Princeton campus abounds with tigers of all shapes and sizes. Here are more than a century of samples through photographs.