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Columbia Lions Logo

Columbia Lions Logo
Columbia Lions Logo PNG

Columbia Lions is a sports department owned by Columbia University. It includes about thirty womenโ€™s and menโ€™s teams. They all play in the NCAA at Division I level and are members of the Ivy League. Only footballers compete in FCS. The name Lions and the lion mascot is a tribute to the royal past of the university. After all, it was created based on Kingโ€™s College by the special order of the British monarch George II in 1754.

Meaning and History

Columbia Lions Logo History
Columbia Lions Logo Evolution

A lion is depicted on all Columbia Lions emblems. But artists experimented with styles, so the animal everywhere looks different. For example, the brand name 1936-1956 looks like a caricature: a formidable predator with a helmet on his head runs on its hind legs, holding a soccer ball. Version 1957-1970 close to heraldic style. It contains a traditional emblem that embodies generosity, wisdom, and strength.

Columbia Lions Emblem

In the years 1971-1996, the logo used was a monochrome silhouette encircled by a translucent blue outline. Then the designers abandoned minimalism and presented a new option โ€“ with a lot of details. They highlighted the crouching lion, surrounded it with a tail ring, and in the background, they depicted a distant city.

1936 – 1956

Columbia Lions Logo 1936-1956

1957 – 1970

Columbia Lions Logo 1957-1970

1971 – 1996

Columbia Lions Logo 1971-1996

1997 – 2004

Columbia Lions Logo 1997-2004


Columbia Lions Logo 2005

2006 – present

Columbia Lions Logo 2006-Present

In 2005, the Columbia Lions logo was simplified: there was only an animal showing fangs and claws. But this version did not exist for long โ€“ a year later, another redesign took place. Artists preserved the head of a lion along with a lush mane and a predatory grin. A convex inscription โ€œColumbiaโ€ was added on top, supplementing the letters with rectangular serifs.