Curfew and Spirit Bell
The bell that would become our Spirit Bell is a symbol of tradition as old as our campus itself. Brought to Denton from Michigan in 1891, it rang from the tower of the first building — the Normal Building — and later from the roof of the Power Plant, signaling class changes, curfew, the delivery of mail and celebrations such as the signing of the armistice that ended World War I. The Talons spirit group placed the bell, also called the Victory Bell, on a trailer and began ringing it at football games in 1962. It was retired to the University Union 20 years later, after cracks were discovered, and the Talons continued to promote spirit with smaller bells at football games, pep rallies and other events. In 2002, after years of searching, alumni found a large bell similar to the original and donated it and a remodeled airport tug to carry it. The bell signals pride and spirit, linking us to all the generations of students who came before.