Drake Bulldogs Logo

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The mascot, depicting the logo of the Drake Bulldogs team founded in 1956 at the local university, has an unconventional design. Fierce but not threatening, with a thoughtful gaze, it symbolizes the thoughtfulness of tactics, hidden strength, and confidence, a constant readiness for action.

Drake Bulldogs: Brand overview

Des Moines, Iowa, U.S.

Drake University began developing its sports program in 1893. Initially, it 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 English bulldogs onto the field. Thus, the nickname Bulldogs stuck to the sports department.

Drake Bulldogs participate in NCAA Division I intercollegiate competitions. Most teams are part of the Missouri Valley Conference. The rest are distributed across the Summit League, Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, and Pioneer Football League, depending on the sport.

Meaning and History

Drake Bulldogs Logo History

The department’s logos feature its main mascot – the bulldog. From 1956-2004, it was represented in an anthropomorphic image: walking on its hind legs and waving its front paws like hands. The letter “D,” depicted on the animal’s sweater, indicated the emblem’s affiliation with the Drake University teams.

In 2005, the dog stopped resembling a cartoon character. Artists drew a real bulldog, even highlighting the folds on the skin. To the right of the animal, the inscription “Drake Bulldogs” appeared. Both words differed in font: the first was stylized, with an original letter “D,” and the second was simple, with a standard font. After the emblem’s redesign in 2015, the overall style was preserved, but the dog began to look less realistic.

What is Drake Bulldogs?

Drake Bulldogs is a sports department consisting of 18 student teams located in Des Moines, Iowa. It is affiliated with Drake University and represents it in NCAA Division I as part of the Missouri Valley Conference. Athletes also participate in the Summit League, Atlantic Athletic Conference, and Pioneer Football League.

1956 – 2004

Drake Bulldogs Logo 1956-2004

2005 – 2014

Drake Bulldogs Logo 2005-2014

2015 – today

Drake Bulldogs Logo 2015-Present

Drake Bulldogs Basketball

Drake Bulldogs emblem

The basketball program at Drake University began in 1893. The men’s team became famous for making it to the Final Four in 1969. It also had many victorious seasons. The most successful period was from 1960 to 1986 when the “Bulldogs” regularly appeared in national rankings.

Drake Bulldogs Football

Drake Bulldogs symbol

Since 1893, Drake University has participated in intercollegiate football competitions. The men’s team competes in the Pioneer Football League, which it joined in 1991. Currently, the head coach of the football players is Rick Fox, who took the position in 2013.

Font and Colors

Drake Bulldogs color codes

Dark CeruleanHex color:#004477
RGB:0 68 119
CMYK:100 43 0 53
Pantone:PMS 541 C
Spanish GrayHex color:#999999
RGB:153 153 153
CMYK:0 0 0 40
Pantone:PMS Cool Gray 7 C