Homecoming Dragon Pride
Drexel is built on a solid foundation of tradition. In 1951, the first Homecoming Queen was crowned and Homecoming continued into the 1970s at Drexel. In 1996, the Campus Activities Board gave Homecoming a new form, calling the weekend of events centered on basketball games "DragonFest." In January 2009, the more traditional form of Homecoming returned to Drexel through the dedication and involvement of Drexel students and partnering offices, including Student Life, Alumni Relations, and Athletics. Now, Homecoming is a time to gather together, connect with alumni, and celebrate the University with a fun and exciting annual week of events.
Five Reasons to Get Involved in Homecoming 2021
- It's the Drexel Winter Tradition! When students carry on our Drexel traditions, as well as create new ones of their own, they become a permanent part of the fabric of our great University.
- It's time to compete! Spirit Week is our student competition aspect of Homecoming where all current students are invited to sign up as individuals and represent their college/school in the competition. It's also a great thing to watch unfold!
- Meet Alumni! Drexel Alums will be out in full force during Homecoming — making connections with your fellow Dragons who attended Drexel, both before and after you, can be very valuable.
- A chance to show off that Dragon pride! All throughout Homecoming, there will be opportunities to wear your favorite Drexel gear and let everyone know that you're proud to be a Dragon.
- Make deeper connections within the community! From your fellow students to alumni and even faculty/staff, there will be plenty of opportunities during Homecoming to engage with members of the Drexel community.
What Makes Drexel's Homecoming Unique
Drexel Fight Song
The original Drexel Fight Song was written by Gay V. Piercy (Class of 1939) and Todd Groo (Class of 1941) and appeared for the first time in the October 1938 edition of the Drexel Athletic News. The following is the recently modified version reflecting Drexel’s changes over the previous 70 years:
Fight on for Drexel,
We've got the stuff we need to win this game.
We're gonna fight on for Drexel,
Take the Dragon on to fame.
Fight on for Drexel,
The gold and blue is on another spree.
We’re gonna fight, fight, fight, fight for Drexel U,
On to victory! (Four "D" yell and repeat chorus.)
"Four 'D' Yell" Chant
D-D-D-D … R-R-R-R … E-E-E-E … X-EL – X-EL
DREX-EL … DREX-EL
Fight – Team – Fight!!!
The Dragon has been the school's mascot for nearly 80 years; there seems to be no special reason for its selection other than its obvious alliterative appeal. The Dragon represents ferocity and combativeness, desirable qualities in a mascot. Before they became Dragons, the school's sports teams had been known by a variety of names, including the Blue & Gold, the Engineers, and the Drexelites. The first published reference to the Drexel Dragons appears in a 1928 edition of The Triangle, in an article on the football team. A dragon logo appears on the jerseys of the men's basketball team in a photo in the 1929 Lexerd. Today, the Drexel Dragon is known as "Mario the Magnificent" in honor of the late Mario Mascioli, class of 1945 and past Board of Trustees Member.
H. D. Cady, class of 1896, wrote that his school pin was "the regular design used when the Institute opened its door fifty years ago. The colors, orange and silver, were the colors in those days." In the early 1920s, the Athletic Association adopted blue and gold for Drexel teams. Later, the University's Board of Trustees approved the colors "gold with blue."
The DAC Pack
The DAC Pack is composed of students who are full of Drexel spirit and has grown to become one of the largest and most visible student organizations at Drexel. During the 2008 and 2011 Drexel basketball seasons, the DAC Pack included almost 200 students who followed the men's basketball team all the way to the CAA Championships in Richmond, VA.