Introduction

Welcome to Athletics at CMC. In honor of Claremont McKenna College’s 75th Anniversary, join us as we celebrate the College’s vibrant history through a series of exhibitions commemorating the historic milestones, achievements, and individuals who have shaped the College. Reflecting back on Claremont McKenna College’s modest origins will lead to perspectives on the College’s current success and will inform the College’s aspirations for the future. The seventh exhibition in the series, Athletics at CMC, examines the history of the athletics program at CMC, from the College’s beginnings competing as part of a joint team with Pomona College through its current successes as Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Athletics. Throughout the exhibit, we will examine the history and role of sports on campus, including landmark athletics events and achievements, as well as notable coaches and student-athletes whose legacies and impacts continue to be felt on the program to this day.

The Archives consulted a variety of sources in compiling this exhibit and are indebted to those historic resources, most notably, Commerce and Civilization, Claremont McKenna College: The First Fifty Years 1946-1996 by Kevin Starr, An Idea Becomes a College by Mabel Gibberd Benson, and the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Athletics website.

To explore additional Claremont-Mudd-Scripps history, please visit the CMS Athletics website. If you see a moment we missed or would like to share your own personal athletics memory, please visit the Share Your Story page on CMC’s 75th Anniversary website. 

Claremont-Mudd cheerleaders with mascot

Members of the Claremont-Mudd cheerleading team pose for a photograph with the Stag mascot during a football game.

The archives contain historical documents, some of which include perspectives and language reflecting the time in which they were written. Claremont McKenna College does not endorse all the views expressed in these documents.