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History Of Poly P

(Article Credit: Greg Williams, Fall 2009 initiate, Delta Sigma Phi / Chapter in San Luis Obispo)

Poly P ScholarshipOne of the oldest traditions at the University is hiking to the “P”, located on Poly Mountain above campus. This symbol of pride for Poly students is one of the oldest hillside initials on the West Coast, dating to 1919.

In 1919, local high school students formed an “H” on Poly Mountain from large stones, and University students changed it to a “P”. In the early 1920’s, a 24 by 40 foot “P” with a stone perimeter and lime-filled interior was built. This version was later replaced with white-washed barn doors to form the college’s “Block P”.

Over time the “Block P” began to fall apart. In 1957 the men of Delta Sigma Phi fraternity took the initiative to enlarge and reconstruct the “P” out of concrete. With donated supplies from local businesses, Delta Sigma Phi designed and built the modern “Poly P”. The two black and white photos show 1957 construction. Throughout the Spring of 1957, and with transport assistance from Ag Engineering tractors, Delta Sigs labored through thousands of pounds of concrete and cinder blocks to complete this project. On May 3, 1957, the new 50 by 35 foot “Poly P” was unveiled to campus and community. The community responded positively to the new icon, thanking Delta Sigma Phi for their hard work and dedication.

The following article appeared in San Luis Obispo’s local newspaper, the Telegram Tribune, in commemoration of this achievement. Poly P Scholarship

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(Brothers: whether you’ve been out of the University for five or fifty-five years, you can post “where you are now”. Click Alumni News Mgr.)

The 1950’s:

Brother Ed Sauer, W’55, and wife are now full-time RV’ers and loving it. They can be reached at:

The 1960’s:

Brother Ted “Fingers” Palmer, S’60, has built a modest second home in Tarpon Springs, Florida, along the water. He’s got a boat and loves to fish. His seasonal phone number there is 702-526-6322.

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Brother Cecil “Beany” Ross, F’64. After graduation, I went into the Air Force and served more than 25 years as a public affairs officer, retiring as a Colonel in 1993. More...

Brother Peter T. Foster, "Wacker", S'64. I’m retired. Since graduation, I have spent most time marrying and divorcing (3) in Indian Wells (Palm Springs), play lots of tennis and travel in the summer looking for women to buy houses for etc. Peter T. Foster; "Wacker"; '64; (760) 340-9205; ThePTFosterCo@Verizon.Net

Brother Ron "Lickety" Blickle, F'64. I am living in Fair Oaks, CA with my second wife, Bonnie (first wife was our Dream Girl in 1967). We have been married for 17 years. More (1964 Fall Ron Blickle.doc)

Brother Mark Gay, “Chop”, S'66. After Poly I graduated form Cal State Bakersfield in ‘77 in Adm. Crim. Justice. I spent 35 years as a regular & reserve Deputy Sheriff in Kern County. More...

The 1970’s:

Brother Pete “Cofu” Marmas, W’71, had surgery in 2007 for an oral tumor. He’s recovered well. He and wife Mary can be reached at:

Brother Wayne “Dizzy” Kendrick, F’72, retired in February 2007 after a fine 32 year run with the same company. He spends his days volunteering, preparing plans for a new home in the Texas Hill Country, cooking, and riding motorcycles. His post-retirement email address is:

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The 1980’s:

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The 1990’s

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The 2000’s:

(you too – let your Brothers know where you are now)