Originally a sunken water hole, the Oval was planted as a lawn in Stanford University\u2019s early years, and sheep were used to keep weeds under control until the early 1930s. The raised flowerbeds at the Oval were added in the 1980s as a gift from a donor. Every spring, the Grounds Services crew plants\u00a0the flowers, which are in peak bloom throughout the summer. Left: A 30-foot-tall statue of \u201cFaith\u201d stood at the Oval in Stanford\u2019s early years. Right: The grounds team planted a commemorative design at the Oval to honor Stanford\u2019s 125<sup>th<\/sup> anniversary in 2016.