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The Triton Story

Read the history of the Tritons and the University of Guam.

Lacking the college tradition of having an appropriate “nickname,” and faced with the dilemma of sending a basketball team into the Navy League with little more to call them other than “COGS,” a faculty-student committee organized a name selecting election.

This committee eventually chose six names for consideration and ballots were placed in the Student Center.  The popular choice was TRITONS, and from this our own college tradition was born.

A fine decal showing our little TRITON became a common car window dressing, thanks to the creative talent of co-ed, Bonnie Kinloch.

At last the College of Guam started to look collegiate!

Excerpt from the 1963 Edition of the UOG Coral Yearbook.

The Founder of the University

Excerpts from: Recollections of Older Days, MARC, 1992 by Dr. Jose Palomo, Director, Department of Education
Upon my arrival in Guam, my first official act was to pay my respects to its first civilian governor, Mr. Carlton Skinner.  He welcomed me cordially and offered full cooperation in my work as the Director of Education.  My next stop was at the office of the Superintendent of Schools, Mr. Simon Sanchez, a veteran in his profession and the highest ranking Guamanian in the Department of Education at the time.  The final stop was at my office, an ample section of the elephant Quonset in which Mr. Sanchez had his office.

The Government of Guam placed a jeep at my disposal for official use, a good choice for traveling over the rough roads leading to the towns south of  Hagåtña.  Mr. Sanchez almost always accompanied me on my inspection trips around the island.  I learned much from him about school problems as our jeep careened from one pot hole in the road to the next.  In this way, I learned about the needs of the school system on the island.  The learning process took all the remaining months of 1950.

Two major administrative problems faced me.  One was the presence of over one hundred contract teachers who had been brought to the island from several states at the same salary they had been getting in their home school districts and whose tours of duty were for only two years.  Their presence was welcomed by Navy and Air Force personnel because they wanted their children to be able to educationally fit into any school district to which their parents might be transferred some day.  The Department of Education also had to pay the cost of their round trip transportation.

The other, and correlated, problem was finances.  When I consulted the island’s Treasurer about the proposed budget for 1951, he informed me that the public schools would consume almost half of the island’s anticipated revenues.  Early in 1951, as I became better acquainted with the Department of Education and its problems, a thought began to gestate in my mind about how to maintain current educational levels, but at a more reasonable cost.  Why not train young Guamanians locally so that they could reach teaching standards equal to those in mainland schools?  I kept churning the idea in my head for a few days, and then decided to discuss the prospect with Governor Skinner.

Mission Statement

Ina, Diskubre, Setbe

To Enlighten, to Discover, to Serve

The University of Guam is a U.S. accredited, regional Land-Grant institution. It is dedicated to the search for and dissemination of knowledge, wisdom and truth.

The University exists to service its learners and the communities of Guam, Micronesia and the neighboring regions of the Pacific and Asia.

The University prepares learners for life by providing the opportunity to acquire knowledge, skills, attitudes, and abilities through the core curriculum, degree programs, research and outreach.

At the Pacific crosscurrents of the East and West, the University of Guam provides a unique opportunity to acquire indigenous and global knowledge.


University of Guam

Unibetsedȧt Guahan
UOG Station
Mangilao, Guam 96923

Admissions: (671) 735-2201/08/14

Alumni Relations: (671) 735-2586

Business Office: (671) 735-2910/47


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