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WHAT'S A HOKIE?

The answer leads all the way back to 1896 when Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College changed its name to Virginia Polytechnic Institute. With the change came the necessity for writing a new cheer and a contest for such a purpose was held by the student body.

Senior O.M. Stull won first prize for his "Hokie" yell (Old Hokie Cheer below) which is still used today. Later, when asked if "Hokie" had any special meaning, Stull explained the word was solely the product of his imagination and was used only as an attention-getter for his yell. It soon became a nickname for all Tech teams and for those people loyal to Tech athletics.

The official university school colors - Chicago Maroon and Burnt Orange - also were introduced in 1896. The colors were chosen by a committee because they made a 'unique combination' not worn elsewhere at the time. The official definition of "hokie" is "a loyal Virginia Tech Fan".

The HokieBird
The bird is a "HokieBird" which has evolved from a turkey. Virginia Tech teams were once called the "gobblers"!
Read more on the origins of the HokieBird...

"Old Hokie" Cheer

Hokie, Hokie, Hokie, Hy!
Tech, Tech, VPI
Sol-a-rex, Sol-a-rah
Poly Tech Vir-gin-ia
Ray rah VPI
Team! Team! Team!

Tech Triumph

Techmen, we're Techmen, with spirit true and faithful,
Backing up our teams with hopes undying;
Techmen, Oh, Techmen, we're out to win today,
Showing pep and life with which we're trying;
V.P., old V.P., you know our hearts are with you
In our luck which never seems to die;
Win or lose, we'll greet you with a glad returning,
You're the pride of V.P.I.

Chorus:
Just watch our men so big and active
Support the Orange and Maroon. Let's go Techs.
We know our ends and backs are stronger,
With winning hopes, we fear defeat no longer.
To see our team plow through the line, boys.
Determined now to win or die:
So give a Hokie, Hokie, Hokie, Hi,
Rae, Ri, old V.P.I.

Second Verse (seldom used)
Fight, men, oh, fight, men, we're going to be the champions
Adding to our list another victory;
Football or baseball, the games in which we star,
They're the sports which made old VP famous.
Hold'em, just hold'em, you know the Corps' behind you
Watching every movement that you make.
Winning games was nothing for our teams before you --
Keep the "rep" for VP's sake.

VPI Victory March
(Revised 2000)

    Verse:
    You've seen Mountaineers fumble,
    You've been in Hurricanes' eye,
    And you know 'ol Syracuse
    Has learned the force of Hokie-Hi.
    Worthy teams from all around,
    Like Hoos from UVA,
    Know a winning team awaits them;
    Victory is ours today.

    Break Strain:
    GO, TECH!
    GO, TECH!
    H-O-K-I-E-S, HOKIES!

    Repeat Verse

VPI Victory March
(Original)

    Verse:
    You have seen the Hoyas Tumble,
    You have made the indians cry;
    Any you know the Army mule
    Once took a kick at V.P.I.
    Worthy teams from Lexington
    Have fought with all their might;
    And now it's time to show the world
    That victory is ours tonight!

    Break Strain:
    GO, TECH!
    GO, TECH!
    H-O-K-I-E-S, HOKIES!

    Repeat Verse

Virginia Tech
Alma Mater

    Verse:
    Sing praise to Alma Mater dear,
    For V.P.I. we'll ever cheer;
    Come lift your voices, swell the song,
    Our loyalties to her belong.

    Chorus
    So stand and sing, all hail to thee.
    V.P., all hail to thee.

    Verse:
    The Orange and Maroon you see,
    That's fighting on to victory;
    Our strife will not be long this day,
    For glory lies within this fray.

    Verse:
    All loyal sons and daughters, one,
    We raise our banner to the sun;
    Our motto brings a spirit true,
    That we may ever serve you.

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