Bulldogs Primary Logo
The Yale Bulldogs have a long and storied history of excellence in college sports, and their primary logo has been around since the early 1900s. The iconic "Y" symbol is one of the most recognizable logos in all of NCAA athletics, representing not only Yale but also its proud heritage as an Ivy League institution.
The original version of the logo was designed by Charles Ebbets in 1909 for use on official university stationery. It featured a white "Y" with two black stripes running through it to represent the school colors: blue and white. This design was used until 1939 when it was updated to include a bulldog head inside the letter Y – thus giving rise to what we now know as “the Bulldog” logo that is still used today by Yale Athletics teams across all sports disciplines.
Since then, there have been various iterations over time but none more memorable than when legendary football coach Carm Cozza introduced his own version during his tenure at Yale from 1965-1996 (he won 10 Ivy League Championships while at the helm!). His rendition included a larger font size for both letters “Y” & “B” along with two crossed bones underneath them—representing strength & courage—which were meant to signify how tough yet determined Bulldogs are on the field or court!
In recent years, modern versions have incorporated subtle changes such as adding shading effects or changing up colors slightly; however overall look remains the same which speaks volumes about the staying the power this timeless classic has had over decades! Whether you're watching the game live stadium or just flipping channels home TV set rest assured that the unmistakable Bulldog will be there proudly representing legacy success associated with the name YALE!
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2019 - Present
A blue with white trim block letter “Y.”
1997 - 2019
A blue and white side view of a bulldog in front of a blue with white trim block letter “Y.”
1995 - 1997
A streaking blue and white side view of a bulldogs’ head in a blue and light blue circle and an encircled wordmark “YALE BULLDOGS” in white.
1972 - 1995
A white and blue bulldog wearing a sweatshirt and smoking a pipe with a wordmark “YALE” in blue-leaning against a blue with the white trim letter “Y.”
1901 - 1972
A blue block letter “Y.”