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Then and Now

Then: Proposed by UA football player and civil engineering student Albert H. Condron and built by UA students at a cost of $397, Sentinel Peak’s prominent “A” has proclaimed Wildcat spirit across the miles since 1916. Ever since, students from Bobcats Senior Honorary light the letter with flares each year in preparation for a fresh whitewash, making it one of the University’s oldest traditions.

Now: In 2012, the lighting became Homecoming Week’s kickoff event, scheduled for the Sunday before the game. While Bobcats Senior Honorary are lighting the “A,” Student Alumni Ambassadors host the campus and Tucson communities that convene at the top of the Main Gate Parking Garage to watch the lighting.