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Tavernetti Victory Bell

The Tavernetti Bell is dedicated to the memory of Thomas Fredrick Tavernetti (1888-19340), who served as Assistant Dean in the School of Agriculture for many years.

The bell was orginally in the Spreckels Grammer School in Spreckels, California and Thomas Tavernetti attended this school. When the school was to be torn down in 1939 the bell was saved and moved to the Davis Campus.

Through the years the California Aggie Marching Band-uh! established the tradition of ringing the bell for every point scored during a home victory by the UC Davis football team

Tavernetti passed away in 1934 but his spirit for the Aggies and the University of California, Davis lives on through each Aggie victory.

Tavernetti Memoriam

Graduate of the University of California;
Assistant Dean of the College of Agriculture;
worker behind the scenes for the common good; builder of curricula and policies that are sound; cherished friend of everyone.

Dec. 23, 1889-Dec. 23, 1934
Memoriam courtesy of El Rodeo, 1935


Photograph by Wayne Tilcock/Davis Enterprise