College seeks to name “Alumnae Field”

Alumnae Field

Shortly after the College was founded, before there were any Scripps alumnae, a group of 50 women supported Scripps in its early years and called themselves the “Association of Honorary Alumnae.” This group of 50 — which corresponded to the number of students in the first-year class — contributed $500 each to purchase property between Amherst and Columbia, north of the residence halls, so that Scripps students could pursue sports activities. The land came to be known as Alumnae Park, named for the honorary alumnae.

Although the land was indeed used by students for a few sports, plans for Alumnae Park were never fully realized — until now. Today, the College has the Sallie Tiernan Field House, a recreational athletic facility, which includes a superb sports field , which was completed in fall 2008.

Thus far, the field has been used for Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (CMS) women’s lacrosse practice and league games, women’s intramural ultimate Frisbee, an intramural sports tournament, volleyball, and pick-up soccer games for students and faculty. And next fall, CMS women’s soccer practice and league games will be held on the field, as well as a physical education course in fly fishing.

Now, to collectively honor and pay tribute to all Scripps alumnae and complete the funding for the field, an anonymous donor has issued a $200,000 matching challenge to name the Tiernan Field House athletic field Alumnae Field.

You are invited to participate in this generous tribute to all alumnae by making a gift specifically designated to that purpose. You may wish to recognize a friend, alumna, current student, special coach, or a fellow teammate with a gift in her honor, or you may simply wish to share in a project that represents the cooperative spirit for which Scripps alumnae are known.

For more information, contact Mary Weis, director of constituent relations, at (909) 607-7534 or email mweis@


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