23. Washington’s Birthday Celebration


In the late nineteenth century, Princeton students commemorated George Washington’s birthday with a traditional celebration that pitted each undergraduate class against another in orations, both serious and frivolous, musical performances, and various other high-spirited activities.  In this era of deep class rivalry, the holiday also marked the end of hazing season on freshmen.  As late as 1923, the behavior of first-year students was severely restricted by the sophomores until this date.