the Hawk was first drawn as a nameless cartoon
character in 1948. His creator is Richard Spencer III. Herky acquired a
name in a statewide contest that was ran by the University of Iowa
Athletic Department. John Franklin suggested the name Herky.
being hatched, Herky has been the symbolized the Hawkeyes in
intercollegiate athletics. He even wore a military uniform duing the
Korean War. He also became the insignia of the 124th Fighting Squadron.
In the 1950s, Herky came to life at a football game as the Iowa mascot.
He had a black, leather head and gold, felt feathers. Now he sports a
helmet shaped head and black feathers at football games. Ever since,
can spot Herky at Iowa athletic events of all types.
What Herky Does
the beginning of each football game, who comes riding out in front of
the swarm? That's right. Herky. Herky the Hawk rides out of the tunnel
on a black board carried by the male cheerleaders. After a quick round
of the field with his flag, he stands in the center while the crowd
cheers on Iowa. During the game, he meanders around throughout the
crowd, pumping them up while the Hawkeyes succeed in another
Outside of athletic events, Herky and the many Iowa teams visit the
hospital in Iowa City, making lots of younger patients happy.
Information about the University of Iowa:Location: Iowa City, Iowa
Colors: Black and Gold
President: Sally Mason
Athletic Director: Gary A. Barta
Joined Big Ten: 1899