The Fight Song
“I’m a Jayhawk,” written in 1912 by KU graduate George “Dumpy” Bowles, became popular with KU students in 1920. The lyrics remained unchanged until 1958, when slight revisions included rival schools in the Big Eight Conference. After longtime rivals Nebraska and Colorado in June 2010 announced plans to leave the Big 12 Conference, KU alumni asked the Alumni Association about adapting the lyrics after 50 years. Future conference changes will not automatically dictate further changes to the lyrics.
The songwriting contest’s winning entry, authored by Matt Schoenfeld, talks about the Sooners, the Cowboys and the seven other rivals that remained in the changing Big 12 Conference. A panel of judges selected Schoenfeld’s rendition from six finalists. His lyrics alter the first verse and one line of the chorus:
"I'm A Jayhawk" (October 2010)
Talk about the Sooners, Cowboys and the Bears,
Listen to the fight song!
"I'm A Jayhawk"
Talk about the Sooners, the Cowboys and the Buffs,