Entry. The main access to Hopper’s Roosevelt L. Thompson Dining Hall is via its Common Room. Columned arches frame the entrance to the dining hall, repeating the design of the main gate archway.
Recent History and Traditions. Grace Hopper College, formerly Calhoun College, stands at the site of Yale’s original Divinity School. In 1932, it became one of Yale’s first residential Colleges. Hopper has a 2-story suite known as “Bookworld” near a patio referred to as “The Castle,” which overlooks the courtyard. The college’s many traditions include September Soiree and Trolley Night, a party that recalls the noisy trolley line that ran down Elm Street past the college until 1949.
In 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”. ‘Rosey’ Thompson, who had been named a Rhodes Scholar, was killed in a traffic accident during his senior year. His achievements and civic commitments continue to galvanize the college’s, Yale’s and other undergraduates.
“We ate here.” Among Hopper’s best-known alumni are the award winning actress Angela Bassett; former United Nations Ambassador and current National Security Advisor 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.