Bell Installed at OU’s College of Education
A new welcoming sound is set to chime on the Oklahoma University campus thanks a new 3,000 pound school bell that was hoisted into the bell tower at the Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education today, according to Gary Armbruster, AIA, a Principal and Architect for MA+ Architecture the Architects of Record for the building’s renovation.

The bronze bell is 53 inches in diameter and was in cast New York in 1934. With a computer controlled electromagnetic striker located inside the bell, it is designed to replicate the sound of an old-time school bell. It can also be programmed to play special songs.

“The bell is a perfect blend of an educational icon of long ago coupled with the newest techniques, strategies and technology in Education and serves as an appropriate focal point and centerpiece to the new entrance,” said Paul Meyer, a Principal and Architect of the firm and the former Architect and Curator for the Oklahoma State Capitol.

The bell and the tower it is hung from was made possible by a gift from Sandra and Brian O’Brien of Houston, Texas.