Lions Primary Logo
The Columbia Lions have a long and storied history in the NCAA, with their primary logo playing an important role in that. The iconic lion symbol has been used to represent the university since 1858 when it first appeared on a banner at an event celebrating Columbia College's 75th anniversary. Since then, it has become synonymous with the school and its athletics teams.
Originally designed by artist Frederic Goudy for use as part of his design for Columbia's bicentennial celebration in 1958, the logo features a powerful lion standing atop two crossed swords – one representing knowledge and another representing strength – all surrounded by 13 stars signifying both New York State’s original 13 colonies as well as Columbian ideals such as justice and freedom. In addition to being featured prominently on athletic uniforms over time (including updated versions featuring more modern designs), this logo is also seen throughout campus buildings including Low Memorial Library where it appears above its entrance doors along with other inscriptions about learning from great books within them.
This primary symbol of pride for students at Columbia University continues to be seen across various mediums today from banners waving proudly during games or events held around campus; apparel worn by athletes competing against rival schools; even appearing alongside team mascots like Roar-ee who can often be found roaming around sporting venues cheering on their beloved Lions! It is clear that while many things may change over time - including logos themselves - some symbols remain timelessly connected to institutions they represent no matter how much time passes or what new trends come into play each season: The proud Lion emblem will always stand strong amongst them all!
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2006 - Present
A front view of a blue, light blue and white lions’ head under an arched wordmark “COLUMBIA” in light blue with blue trim.
A blue and light blue lion walking forward with claws out.
1997 - 2004
A blue and light blue lion walking forward with claws out and tail encircling the lion with a blue cityscape.
1971 - 1996
Detroit Lions logo recolored in blue with light blue trim.
1957 - 1970
An art-deco lion in blue, black and white.
1936 - 1956
A blue and white lion wearing a blue football helmet and carrying a blue football.