Denny Chimes

Denny Chimes
Denny Chimes

Denny Chimes on The Quad
General information
Type Campanile
Architectural style Art deco
Location Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA
Coordinates 33°12′35″N 87°32′48″W / 33.20972°N 87.54667°W / 33.20972; -87.54667Coordinates: 33°12′35″N 87°32′48″W / 33.20972°N 87.54667°W / 33.20972; -87.54667
Completed 1929
Height 115 feet (35 m)[1]
Design and construction
Owner University of Alabama

The Denny Chimes is a 115 feet (35 m) tall campanile equipped with a 25-bell carillon, located on the south side of The Quad of the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Alabama U.S.A.. The tower was named in honor of former University president George H. Denny, who served from 1912 to 1936 and again in 1941.[2] Today, the tower is often recognized as the most visible landmark of the campus.[2][3]


The idea of erecting a clock tower on campus was initially suggested in 1919 to be constructed as a war memorial for those who fought in World War I.[3] Due to an inability to secure funding for its construction, the tower was not completed at that time. However, by the late 1920s, university students were successful in collecting the necessary funding to construct the tower. This was done in an effort to dedicate the structure to then university president George Denny after hearing a rumor stating he was looking to leave the university and return to his native Virginia.[2]

Constructed by Skinner, Maxwell and Company at a final cost of US$40,000,[3] the tower was dedicated on May 27, 1929, with governor Bibb Graves in attendance.[4] The tower is art deco in design and features a concrete base followed by a brick shaft that gradually tapers towards its concrete top.

The carillon features 25 cast bronze bells, with the largest having a circumference of about 11 feet (3 m) and a height of 3 feet (1 m).[3] The chimes ring every 15 minutes, chiming on the hour in addition to chiming other songs or the alma mater as part of university celebrations or holidays.[3] Inside the base is an automatic player that plays roll music in addition to a keyboard console that is used on special occasions.[3] By 1945, the bell carillon was converted into an electronic system and modernized in 1966.[5] For many years the Alabama organ professor Warren Hutton served as the carillonneur for memorial services and special events, and today the manual organ is played by both university faculty and students.[5]

Walk of Fame

Surrounding the tower is the Walk of Fame, whereby captains of the football team have placed their hand and footprints in cement slabs at its base since 1948.[6] The ceremony annually occurs as part of the A-Day festivities, whereby the previous seasons captains are honored.[7]

The names enshrined as part of the Walk of Champions are as follows:

  • 1947: Harry Gilmer, John Wozniak
  • 1948: Billy Cadenhead, Ray Richeson
  • 1949: Billy Cadenhead, Ed Holdnak, Doug Lockridge
  • 1950: Ed Salem, Mike Mizerany
  • 1951: Jack Brown, Harold Lutz
  • 1952: Bobby Marlow, Bobby Wilson
  • 1953: Ralph Carrigan, Bud Willis
  • 1954: Thomsa Tharp, Sid Youngleman
  • 1955: Nick Germanos
  • 1956: Jim Cunningham, Max Kelly, Wes Thomas
  • 1957: Jim Loftin, Clay Walls
  • 1958: Bobby Jackson, Dave Sington, Bobby Smith
  • 1959: Jim Belvins, Don Cochran, Marlin Dyess
  • 1960: Bobby Boylston, Leon Fuller
  • 1961: Billy Neighbors, Pat Trammell
  • 1962: Lee Roy Jordan, Jimmy Sharpe
  • 1963: Not awarded
  • 1964: Steve Allen, Benny Nelson
  • 1965: Joe Namath, Ray Ogden
  • 1966: Richard Cole, Ray Perkins, Steve Sloan
  • 1967: Bobby Johns, Kenny Stabler
  • 1968: Mike Hall, Donnie Sutton
  • 1969: Danny Ford, Alvin Samples
  • 1970: Dave Brungard, Danny Gilbert
  • 1971: Johnny Musso, Robin Parkhouse


  1. ^ "Denny Chimes". Retrieved 2008-05-27. 
  2. ^ a b c "University Campus Tour: Denny Chimes". University of Alabama. Archived from the original on 2008-01-20. Retrieved 2008-05-27. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f Vickery, Scottie (September 2, 1998). "For old chimes' sake: Electronic technician keeps bells ringing in UA landmark". The Birmingham News: pp. G1. 
  4. ^ "ADAH: Tuscaloosa Historical Markers". Alabama Department of Archives and History. Archived from the original on 2008-04-08. Retrieved 2008-05-27. 
  5. ^ a b Coulter, Lucinda (October 27, 2006). "Behind the chimes". The Tuscaloosa News. 
  6. ^ McNair, Kirk. "Six players elected permanent captains". Retrieved 2008-05-27. 
  7. ^ Morton, Jason (April 10, 2008). "A-Day anticipation". The Tuscaloosa News. 

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