Hardy Memorial Tower is recognized as SDSU's most significant physical landmark and an important University symbol to the greater San Diego community.

The Hardy Memorial Tower is named for Dr. Edward Hardy (1868–1958), who served as President of the State Normal School, SDSU's predecessor institution, from 1910 to 1935. During his tenure the college was relocated to Montezuma Mesa, and its name was changed to San Diego State College. Hardy also served on both the State and City Boards of Education, and in 1936, after his retirement, was appointed Executive Director of the San Diego Museum (now the San Diego Museum of Man). Also named for Dr. Hardy are Hardy Avenue, just south of the present SDSU campus and Hardy Elementary School (located next to the SDSU campus). In 1976, by permission of the statewide Board of Trustees and in gratitude for his contributions to the university, it was named the Hardy Memorial Tower. Dr. Hardy's profile graces a bronze plaque designed by San Diego sculptor Donal Hord

Hardy Memorial Tower, was used as an actual water tower. Although it is no longer use it as a water tower, the tower now houses SDSU's familiar bell chimes, also known as the carillon, which was presented as a gift in 1946 to commemorate SDSU's 50th anniversary and remember SDSU students lost in war.

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Hardy Memorial Tower, San Diego State University