History of THE ROCK
University of Tennessee Campus. Born 1960’s.
THE ROCK on the University of Tennessee campus was unearthed during construction on what is now fraternity row in the 1960’s.
Painting the rock used to require lookouts to watch for campus police but after decades of sandblasting the rock clean, officials finally conceded and a proud tradition was born.
That tradition is honored every game day by the Pride of the Southland Band who paint game-themed pictures or messages. It gets personal when everyone else uses it to express their thoughts, their hopes and their dreams.
The thought, care and attention used to paint THE ROCK welcomes new students, sends congrats to the current graduating class, hosts eloquent wedding proposals, sends touching memorials and most recently, announced a new Vol on the way. In short, THE ROCK captures the moments and commitments of our Volunteer life.
When the new Student Health Center plans were unveiled, some worried THE ROCK tradition would end. Not so. The same University that once actively prohibited painting the rock, now gingerly moved the 98-tons of dolomite 275 feet to preserve something uniquely Tennessee and all Vol.
THE ROCK. A tradition that was, is, still. Vol For Life.