Entry. The main access to Grace Murray Hopper is on the corner of Elm and College Streets. Pass through the large, locked gate with its fluted arch, then walk 10 feet into the courtyard and turn left. You will go through a large wooden door into Grace Murray Hopper’s common room. On its left wall is the entrance to the dining hall, where columned arches repeat the design of the main gate archway.
History and Traditions. Grace Murray Hopper stands on land that evolved from farmland to the site of a post-Revolutionary War inn, to Yale’s original Divinity School, and finally, in 1932, to one of Yale’s first residential Colleges.
Grace Murray Hopper has a 2-story suite known as “Bookworld” that is near a patio referred to as “The Castle,” which overlooks the courtyard. The college’s traditions include Trolley Night, a dance party that recalls the noisy trolley line that ran down Elm Street past the college until 1949.
In July 2016, the Dining Hall was named in honor of Roosevelt Thompson ’84 to recognize his “contributions to Yale, the College, to his home town of Little Rock and to the broader community”. Thompson, who had been named a Rhodes Scholar, was killed in a traffic accident during his senior year.
“We ate here.” Among Grace Murray Hopper’s best-known alumni are former United Nations Ambassador John Bolton; Harvard professor, literary critic and public intellectual Henry Louis Gates, Jr.; actress, director and producer Jodie Foster; and the Nobel Prize winning economist Paul Krugman.