United States Naval Academy: Bancroft Hall

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About this Print

The standard framed size of this print is 15-by-20 inches.
Larger versions of this print do not include framing.

Bancroft Hall is home to the brigade of 4,000 midshipmen. This monumental building was named for George Bancroft, who founded the school in 1845 while serving as Secretary of the Navy. The original design of Bancroft, by the architect Ernest Flagg, was to house 480 students. The contracts for the building were let in 1902. By the end of World War I additional wings had been constructed to increase the capacity to 2,200 students to meet the growing requirements for naval officers. During the period of World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and the Cold War, Bancroft continued to grow. Seventh and eighth wings were completed in 1961. In 1981 the mess hall, capable of seating 4,500 Midshipmen and their guests, was named King Hall in honor of Fleet Admiral Ernest J. King. “Mother B” as Bancroft Hall is known by its residents can be likened to a small city. It has its own post office (and zip code), a department store, barber, tailor and cobbler shops, and bank. To keep in step with today’s lifestyle there is a fast food restaurant!

Directly opposite the main entrance to Bancroft Hall is a seven foot, nine inch bronze bust of an American Indian mounted on a granite pedestal. This monument is a copy of the figurehead from the 74-gun ship of the line, Delaware, which was launched in 1820. It is the best known monument in the Naval Academy Yard and is called “Tecumseh” and “God of 2.0”. The Midshipmen, on the way to examinations, throw coins at Tecumseh to gain his favor and good luck.

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