What makes us Spartans? We choose the unlikely path because every test of our character and stamina is an opportunity to learn. We have advantages that can’t be taught: grit, focus, imagination. We believe that dreams are realized through hard work, intelligently applied. We rally. We adapt. We create.
At San Jose State University, we discover who we want to be—for ourselves, for our families and for our communities. Different and unexpected begin here—at the heart of a transforming valley, in a city that is tough and beautiful. We are Spartans. What powers us changes our world.
The Story of the SJSU Anthem
The SJSU story has an anthem. The anthem also has its own story.
Based on input from focus groups, market surveys and hundreds of interviews with students, alumni and faculty members, the SJSU anthem was an attempt to capture the essence of what it means to be an SJSU Spartan—a statement that would inspire the stories the university tells. Initially, it wasn’t intended to be used verbatim. However, we’ve updated its usage guidelines as a result of substantial Spartan feedback. Two stories that may inspire you: A student who saw the anthem on the wall in the Diaz Compean Student Union copied the words into his notebook and an alumnus and longtime staff member was moved to tears when he first heard it.
The anthem has now become a part of the university’s key messaging and can be seen in many university communications and physical spaces, including:
- SJSU’s institutional commercial, which debuted in August 2018
- SJSU’s Diaz Compean Student Union’s walls, ground floor
- Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport, Terminal B across from Gate 18
- “My Story is Here” light pole banners around campus
- University Advancement lobby, Clark 300
So what is the anthem? It’s not the same as our Alma Mater, “Hail, Spartans, Hail,” (penned by San José State Normal College sophomore Gerald Erwin) or the SJSU Fight Song—both important pieces of Spartan culture. It’s not set to music (at least, not yet!). Instead, it’s more akin to spoken word poetry—word-based performance art. How it’s recited depends on each Spartan.
Note: If you’d like to use the SJSU anthem in your communications, please use it in its entirety.