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Drexel Traditions

Drexel is a prestigious university with a rich history dating back more than one hundred years. Though it has evolved over the years, Drexel has maintained a commitment to providing men and women of all backgrounds with the tools they need to succeed in their chosen careers.

Below are some traditions and facts that make Drexel University the unique place that it is today:

Legacy Families
Are you one of many generations of Drexel alumni? Are your children currently enrolled or have they already graduated from the university? Click the link above to let us know. The Alumni Association would like to recognize Legacy Families of alumni who have continued the Drexel tradition from their parents and grandparents or have passed it on to their children.

"The Water Boy"
One of The Drexel Collection's proudest treasures, "The Water Boy" was created by Frederic-Auguste Bartholdi (1834 - 1904), the French sculptor of the Statue of Liberty. Though the statue has aged through the years, his right toe remains a shining bronze as generations of Drexel students passing through the Main Building's Great Court have rubbed the toe for good luck in exams.

Drexel Colors
H. D. Cady, class of 1896, wrote that his school pin was "the regular design used when the Institute opened its doors fifty years ago. The colors, orange and silver, were the colors in those days." In the early 1920s, the Athletic Association adopted blue and gold for Drexel teams. Later, the Universityís Board of Trustees approved the colors "gold with blue."

Fight Song

The Drexel Fight Song was written by Gay V. Piercy '39 and Todd Groo '41. It first appeared in print in a 1938 edition of the Drexel Athletic News. In the 1950s, the song was recorded by the Drexel Bands and combined Glee Clubs. The recording was lost but rediscovered in 2006; since then, the song has been revitalized and the spirited tune is once again an important part of Drexel pride and tradition.

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Click here for the Fight Song Lyrics
(Revised 2008)

DAC Pack


Drexel Yells and
Songs (1931)

Drexel Yells and
Songs (1938)

Fight Song
Sheet Music

The DAC Pack
The DAC Pack is comprised of students who are full of Drexel pride and spirit and has grown to become one of the largest and most visible student organizations at Drexel. During the 2008 Drexel basketball season, the DAC Pack included almost 200 students who followed the men's basketball team all the way to the CAA Championships in Richmond, VA. Click here to visit The DAC Pack online.

The FAC Pack
The FAC Pack is the faculty, staff and alumni version of the student spirit group, The DAC Pack. The purpose of The FAC Pack is to increase school spirit amongst the university's faculty, staff and alumni by attending athletic events and participating in more Drexel traditions on and around campus. Members of The FAC Pack are eligible for exclusive discounts and giveaways. To learn more about The FAC Pack, e-mail

Cramps Ship Yard
In 1895, James MacAlister, the university's first president, would often cancel classes and allow Drexel students to go to Cramps ship yard to watch war ships set sail. The students would wave orange flags, as Drexel's colors were orange and silver at that time.

Lancaster Walk
In 2001, Student Life began honoring incoming classes with dragon claw plaques on Lancaster Walk. The bronze plaques are presented at the end of New Student Week to encourage students to "Make Your Mark" at Drexel.

"Mario the Magnificent"
"Mario the Magnificent," the bronze statue of the Drexel dragon mascot, is the work of renowned Philadelphia sculptor Eric Berg. Located at the corner of 33rd and Market Streets, the statue is 14 feet long, 10 feet high, weighs 4,100 lbs. and stands on 17 ton granite base. A visible landmark, the statue often serves as a common meeting place for people on campus. Both the statue and the university's mascot are named for former trustee and alumnus Mario Mascioli '45.

Convocation and Founders Day
Convocation and Founders Day honors the legacy of Anthony J. Drexel as well as the founders of Medical College of Pennsylvania and Hahnemann University, the predecessors of the Drexel University College of Medicine. As part of the same ceremony, Convocation welcomes new faculty to the university, and the Provostís Medal for Excellence is awarded to a student.

Runnymede and Drexel Lodge
For many years a Drexel family property in Upper Darby, PA, called Runnymede had been made available to Drexel Institute students and staff for sports and recreation. In the late 1920's, Runnymede burned down and the grounds were sold. A replacement property in Newtown Square, PA, was purchased and given to the Institute by trustee Anthony J. Drexel Paul, a grandson of the founder. It was formally dedicated in 1931 and enjoyed by generations of Drexel students as "Drexel Lodge."

More Information

University Archives
Visit the University Archives web site to check out old photographs, historical facts, documents and other collections dating back to the university's beginnings.

Traditions Program
The Traditions Program strives to educate Drexel's students of the institutional mission, history and traditions; to reinstate traditions of the past as well as create new university-wide traditions to grow a sense of Drexel pride among the student body; establish lifelong relationships between students and the university, encouraging them to give their time, talent and financial resources.

Members of the Class of 1958 visit The Water Boy

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