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Drake Bulldogs Logo

Drake Bulldogs Logo
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Drake University began to develop a sports program in 1893. At first, he sponsored only baseball and football, then moved on to other disciplines. Until 1908, the teams were called The Drakes. Everything changed after the new football coach John L. Griffith brought the English bulldogs to the field. Thatโ€™s how the Bulldogs nickname stuck to the sports department.

Drake Bulldogs compete in the NCAA Inter-University Competition at Division I. Most teams are part of the Missouri Valley Conference. The rest are distributed by Summit League, Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, Pioneer Football League, depending on the sport.

Meaning and History

Drake Bulldogs Logo History
Evolution of the Drake Bulldogs Logo

The logos of the department depict its main mascot โ€“ the bulldog. In 1956-2004, he was presented in an anthropomorphic image: he walked on his hind legs, and waved his forepaws, like hands. The letter โ€œD,โ€ which was depicted on the animalโ€™s sweater, indicated the emblem belonged to the Drake University teams.

In 2005, the dog ceased to resemble a cartoon character. Artists painted a real bulldog, highlighting even folds on the skin. To the right of the animal was the inscription โ€œDrake Bulldogs.โ€ Both words differed in the font: the first was stylized, with the original letter โ€œD,โ€ and the second simple, with standard typography. After the emblem redesign in 2015, the overall style was preserved, but the dog began to look less realistic.

1956 – 2004

Drake Bulldogs Logo 1956-2004

2005 – 2014

Drake Bulldogs Logo 2005-2014

2015 – present

Drake Bulldogs Logo 2015-Present

Drake Bulldogs Basketball

Drake Bulldogs emblem

The Drake University basketball program appeared in 1893. The menโ€™s team became famous because they managed to reach the final four in 1969. Also, she had many winning seasons. The most successful period is from 1960 to 1986 when Bulldogs regularly fell into national rankings.

Drake Bulldogs Football

Drake Bulldogs symbol

Since 1893, Drake University has been participating in intercollegiate football competitions. The menโ€™s team competes in the Pioneer Football League, which entered in 1991. Currently, the head coach of the players is Rick Fox, who took this position in 2013.