Rat cap


Rat cap


Elizabeth Herndon became one of the first two women to enroll at Georgia Tech in 1952 when the Board of Regents narrowly approved co-education at Tech. Tech President Blake Van Leer had long been a proponent of opening enrollment to women, and he, along with his wife, Ella, had lobbied for this change in policy despite resistance among both the regents and the all-male student body at Tech.

This Rat cap belonged to Herndon when she was a Freshman in the fall of 1952. The tradition of wearing Rat caps began in 1915. Tech freshman were required to wear the caps every day until the Thanksgiving Day game with the University of Georgia. Students often recorded the dates and scores of that season's football games on each panel of the cap.




Elizabeth Herndon