Tulane University Quick Facts
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Location: New Orleans, La.
Mascot: Green Wave
Colors: Olive Green and Sky Blue
President: Dr. Scott Cowen
Director of Athletics: Rick Dickson
Sponsored Sports (16)
Men: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Tennis, Track & Field (Outdoor)
Women’s: Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Golf, Sand Volleyball, Swimming & Diving, Tennis, Track & Field (Indoor/Outdoor), Volleyball
Notable Athletic Accomplishments
- The football team went 12-0 in 1998, capped by a win in the Liberty Bowl, a No. 10 finish in the BCS standings and a No. 7 ranking in the final AP poll.
- The women’s basketball team has won four Conference USA regular-season titles and five tournament titles, most recently in 2010. Tulane reached the NCAA Championship for nine consecutive seasons from 1995-2003.
- In 2003 Tulane's graduation rate for student-athletes stood at 79 percent, ranking 14th among all Division I programs.
- The baseball team has won five conference championships and eight conference tournaments, while earning 19 NCAA Championship berths and playing in 75 NCAA tournament games. There have been 82 Major League Baseball draft picks from Tulane.
- There have been eight national championships in men’s tennis (team, singles and doubles).
The Green Wave
From 1893 to 1919, the athletic teams of Tulane were known as the Olive and Blue. In 1919, the Tulane Weekly, one of Tulane’s many student newspapers at the time, began calling the football team the Greenbacks. On Oct. 20, 1920, Earl Sparling, the editor of the Tulane Hullabaloo, wrote a football song which was published in the newspaper. The song was title, “The Rolling Green Wave.” Although the name was not immediately adopted, it began to receive acceptance. A month later, a report on the Tulane-Mississippi A&M game in the Hullabaloo referred to the team as the Green Wave.
The Evolution of “Riptide”
In its infancy, Tulane’s mascot was depicted as a pelican riding on a surfboard. The surﬁng pelican image lasted for more than 50 years. The “Greenie” was adopted in 1955. It was created by John Chase, a local cartoonist who drew the covers of the Tulane football program and those of many teams throughout the South. When Dr. Rix Yard became the athletic director in 1963, he felt Tulane needed a more virile symbol for its teams. Working with Eldon Endacott, the manager of the Tulane bookstore, he arranged for a new mascot to be created. Several sketches were submitted by Art Evans, art director for Angelus Paciﬁc, Co., in Fullerton, Calif. The angry-looking wave was adopted in 1964, and the block “T” with waves became the Tulane athletics logo in 1986.Tulane unveiled a new family of marks in August 1998. The new logos featured the return of the pelican to the Green Wave look, along with the use of a ”T” with a modern “wave” as a primary logo mark. A new pelican mascot was introduced and given the name Riptide by a vote of Tulane students.
One of Tulane’s defining characteristics is its location in New Orleans, and that distinction is more significant now than ever before. What other NCAA school breaks for Mardi Gras, has a bead tree in the center of campus, or celebrates its commencement with a second line jazz band? Traditional events begin as soon as students arrive on campus in the fall. One of the most anticipated freshmen orientation events is the Riverboat Cruise.
Diverse Student Body
Tulane has one of the most geographically diverse student bodies in the entire nation. Seventy-five percent of the students travel from over 500 miles away to attend Tulane. With them they bring a unique mix of interests, backgrounds and cultures, and Tulane’s traditions play a defining role in uniting such a diverse group.
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Matt Forte – NFL running back
Newt Gingrich – former Speaker of the House of Representatives
Lauren Hutton - noted actor and model
Mike Tannenbaum – general manager, New York Jets