Mascot Database


Griff II

Team: Drake University

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The live mascot is named after John L. Griffith, the athletic director and head football coach in 1910. Drake’s mascot at the time was the drakes, which are male ducks. Griffith brought his two English Bulldogs to football games and practices, and the local newspaper began referring to Drake’s teams as “the Bulldogs” rather than “the Drakes.” It eventually stuck and Drake formally adopted the bulldog as its mascot. The official live mascot program was started in 2015 with Griff I and continues today with Griff II. Griff II is a key part of recruiting efforts, student life, alumni functions, Drake athletics, and more. Griff II is loved by all and has a positive impact on many. He is, proudly, Des Moines’ hometown dog.