Published on February 4, 2015 by Jimmy Lichtenwalter
Tucked away outside the Beeson University Center Food Court, the Dale-Washington Court is one of Samford University’s hidden secrets.
On a beautiful sunny day, it is the perfect place to have lunch or get some studying or reading done. The Court is quiet, secluded,and in a part of campus that doesn’t attract the same amount of foot traffic as Ben Brown Plaza.
Dale-Washington Court is named after two members of Samford’s faculty: Dean William P. Dale and Mary M. Washington. Both were professors in the university’s history department: Dale, who also served as academic dean, from 1941 to 1971, and Washington from 1946 to 1973 when she died while still serving to the university.
The Square itself was dedicated to the two professors in 1977 by the national coeducational service organization Alpha Phi Omega.
If you are looking for a tranquil place to spend a beautiful afternoon, enjoy an outdoor picnic or study quietly, head to the Dale-Washington Court.
Jimmy Lichtenwalter is a journalism and mass communication major and a news and feature writer in the Office of Marketing and Communication.
Editor’s note: This is one in a periodic series on “hidden gems” on the Samford University campus.
Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 66th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 104th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,683 students from 47 states and 19 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 3rd nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.