History of the KU Fight Song
The KU fight song, 'I'm a Jayhawk,' was written in 1912 by George 'Dumpy' Bowles, a student with the class of 1892. Bowles longed to make a lasting contribution to KU spirit. Although he was not big enough for the athletic field, he produced some outstanding student musical shows.
'I'm a Jayhawk' was a song in one of these shows in 1912, but did not become a Jayhawk staple until 1920, when it began to be played with regularity. The song contributed to the raising of funds to build both the stadium and union as World War I memorials. The 1926 glee club made it known nationally.
By George Bowles
Talk about the
Sooners, the Cowboys and the Buffs,
'Cause I'm a Jay,
Jay, Jay, Jayhawk
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