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The Wentworth Seal
Wentworth's seal was created by Arthur Williston, Wentworth's first principal. It is based on founder Arioch Wentworth's family shield, from the 13th century. Williston framed the shield with a banner bearing four fundamental virtues: honesty, energy, economy, and system. These virtues comprise the vision upon which Wentworth was founded and continues to operate. As Principal Williston wrote in 1920:
These are the four-square qualities of manhood for which the seal of Wentworth Institute would inspire us all to strive:
- Honesty, in thought, in word, and indeed, that sees with precision things as they are, that speaks fearlessly without selfishness or malice, and that acts always with confident straightforwardness;
- Energy, of mind and body, that comes with the full development of all our powers and the ability to concentrate them all at will;
- Economy, steadfast and constant, that is the natural product of the exercise of sound judgment, self-restraint, and self-denial, and;
- System, the cultivated habit of orderly and well-considered procedure in thought and in conduct.
When the school opened in 1911, Principal Williston chose black and cardinal red as the school colors. It stayed that way until 1928 when faculty member Raymond Thompson took a vacation in England. There he discovered a stained-glass window of the Wentworth shield that the University College had placed in Thomas Wentworth's refectory when he became burgess of Oxford in 1603. The colors were black and gold.
Unfortunately, Wentworth Institute's founding directors had been unaware of this color scheme. When Raymond Thompson reported his find to Frederick Dobbs, the principal switched the official school colors to black and gold. In a nod to the first few decades, however, red stayed on as the color of the chevron in the school's seal.
In the 1930s and '40s, Wentworth's intercollegiate sports teams were known as the "Technicians." Today, however, Wentworth's mascot is the leopard, which appears in triplicate on the Institute's official seal.
Hail to Thee, our Alma Mater!
Ever shall we praise Thy name,
As we learn and live together
In the glory of Thy fame.
Through the years that we are with Thee,
Thou shalt be our Guiding Light.
We will try to earn Thy blessing,
We will strive to do the right.
When we leave to do life's bidding,
True to Wentworth we shall be
Trusting God to guide us onward,
Knowing not our destiny.
For our school days, here at Wentworth,
We shall have sweet memory.
To Wentworth, Alma Mater,
Ever loyal we will be.
— Ashlyn M. Huyck
Act with compassion and respect.
Withhold judgment and seek learning.
Bring civility and integrity into every environment.
Embrace our history and lead our future.