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Why Is Yale Called The Bulldogs?


Yale Bulldogs

Why Is Yale Called The Bulldogs?

When did Yale get the nickname ‘Bulldogs’? Yale alum and former football and crew athlete Andrew Graves, a member of the class of 1892, bought a dog from a blacksmith for $5 and it was named “Handsome Dan,” becoming Yale’s first bulldog mascot in 1889, according to the school’s website.

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