Ohio University

Alma Mater

Ohio University’s alma mater, entitled, “Alma Mater, Ohio,” was created by a special contest. In 1915, Kenneth S. Clark, a graduate of Princeton University, entered the contest to create an “alma mater song” for Ohio University and won the $150 first prize. Entries for this contest were received from all parts of the United States.

Alma Mater, Ohio 

When e’er we take our book of mem’ries 
And scan its pages through and through 
We’ll find no days that glow so brightly 
As those we spent at old O.U. 
Within our Alma Mater’s portals 
We meet her children hand to hand 
And when there comes the day of parting, 
Still firm and loyal we will stand 

Chorus

Alma Mater, Ohio, 
Alma Mater, brave and fair! 
Alma Mater, we hail thee, 
For we own thy kindly care.

Alma Mater, Ohio,
When we read thy story o’er, 
We revere thee and cheer thee 
As we sing thy praise once more.

Our Alma Mater calls us ever, 
And love of country has its claim, 
The one but makes us prize the other, 
And thus we cherish both the same. 
When Alma Mater sends us forward, 
And in her name we stand in line, 
Then we will serve the nation better, 
For having gathered at her shrine.

Chorus

Alma Mater, Ohio, 
Alma Mater, brave and fair! 
Alma Mater, we hail thee, 
For we own thy kindly care.

Alma Mater, Ohio,
When we read thy story o’er, 
We revere thee and cheer thee 
As we sing thy praise once more.

students singing alma mater