Entry. One enters Trumbull from its Latin-inscribed, gated archway at 241 Elm, between High and York Streets. After passing through the gate, walk a short distance down a hallway and enter the dining hall through the first door on the right. Trumbull is designed in the Collegiate Gothic style, with a Norman-style dining hall that features carved stonework, intricate leaded windows and seating alcoves along its walls.
History and Traditions. Trumbull College is named for Jonathan Trumbull, the first governor of Connecticut (and the only colonial governor to support the Revolution). Trumbull was a close friend of and advisor to George Washington—Washington’s coat of arms hangs on the dining room’s far wall, and the phrase “We must consult Brother Jonathan” which appears beneath it references that relationship. Trumbull boasts several unusual traditions, including its Rumble in Trumbull battles; Trumbull Pamploma at the end of Spring classes; and Potty Court Frisbee matches.
“We Ate Here”. Past Trumbull residents include two former Secretaries of Defense (Lee Aspin and Ashton Carter); comedy-writer Allison Silverman (The Daily Show and The Colbert Report); Pulitzer Prize winner John Hersey; and Benno Schmidt, Jr., the 16th President of Yale University.