What's the story of the Rock Chalk Chant?

The University Science Club officially adopted the famous "Rock Chalk" chant in 1886, as a cheer created by chemistry professor, E.H.S. Bailey. At first, their version was "Rah, Rah, Jayhawk, KU" repeated three times. Later, in place of the rahs, an English professor suggested "Rock Chalk," a transposition of chalk rock, the name for the limestone outcropping found on Mount Oread, site of the Lawrence campus. To find out more and learn other KU songs, visit this page. For a video of the history, visit this page or this page!


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