March 19, 2009
O.M. Stull to be honored in Lexington

The Roanoke Valley Hokie Club is honoring Oscar M. Stull, the author of the “Old Hokie” Cheer, on Friday in Lexington, Va. A memorial stone and plaque will be placed at Mr. Stull’s grave at the Stonewall Jackson Cemetery.

The dedication is in recognition of Mr. Stull’s lasting contribution to the legacy of Virginia Tech. The nickname “Hokies” was derived from Stull’s cheer, which he wrote as part of a competition that the university held in 1896 when the Virginia General Assembly officially changed the college’s name to Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College and Polytechnic Institute, a name so long that citizens shortened it in popular usage to VPI.

The original college cheer, which made reference to the original name of the institution, was no longer suitable. Thus, a contest was held to select a new spirit yell, and Stull won the $5 top prize for his cheer, now known as “Old Hokie.”

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