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How College Teams Got Their Nicknames

Contrary to popular belief, the origin of the word "Hokie" had nothing to do with a turkey. To be brief, the name of the school was changed in 1896 to "Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College and Polytechnic Institute." This was obviously too long for the general populous, so they shortened it to VPI. With a new name, a new school cheer was needed. A contest was held, and O. M. Stull won it with this little ditty: Hoki, Hoki, Hoki, Hy. Techs, Techs, V.P.I. Sola-

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