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Herndon Climb

May 17, 2023
General Midshipman Musical
Herndon Monument

The Herndon Monument Climb is the traditional culmination of plebe year at the Naval Academy. Demonstrating the teamwork and perseverance they have learned during their first year at the academy, the plebes build a human pyramid to remove the “dixie cup” hat at the top of the vegetable shortening-covered monument and replace it with an upperclassman’s hat. After successfully completing the Herndon climb, the freshmen are no longer called plebes but “fourth class midshipmen.”

The Trident Brass band will be performing at the Zimmerman Bandstand as part of this traditional event. 

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