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Why Is Akron Called The Zips?


Why Is Akron Called The Zips?

In 1927, a campus-wide contest was conducted to choose a nickname for the University’s athletic teams. Student Margaret Hamlin suggested “Zippers,” which was also the name of a popular rubber overshoe sold by Akron’s B.F. … In 1950, then-athletic director Kenneth Red Cochrane shortened the nickname to the “Zips.”


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