Hutchinson in Reno County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Victor E. Tiger
Fort Hayes State University
Our mascot has a mysterious past. The Tiger has existed in various forms since 1914, but there is no conclusive historical record of its creation. Some evidence suggests that it may have been the brainchild of W.A. Lewis, our first president. Through many years there was no officially designated version of the FHSU Tiger, so many varieties came and went -- with two or three or more versions of the Tiger sharing the stage in any given year! Dr. Edward H. Hammond, FHSU president, decided in 1999 it was time for a change. He directed the university's Integrated Marketing Committee to develop a high-energy, expressive, confident Tiger. Art Director Mary Ridgway created what the committee asked for, modeling an official new graphic image based on the old Tiger head from center court of the university's Gross Memorial Coliseum. After the new Tiger was tested with studens, faculty, staff, alumni and friends of the university -- and a few tweaks made -- President Hammond unveiled the first official mascot in the university's long history in a public ceremony on April 3, 2000. A few months later, based on suggestions from students, the new mascot was given a name. You see before you the official mascot of Fort Hays State University, Victor E. Tiger.
Location. 38° 4.598′ N, 97° Click for map. Marker is on the Kansas State Fairgrounds, just north of the Eisenhower Building. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2000 North Poplar Street, Hutchinson KS 67502, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Gus Gorilla (here, next to this marker); The Legend of Corky the Hornet (here, next to this marker); Wildcat Evolution (here, next to this marker); The Story of WuShock (a few steps from this marker); The University of Kansas Jayhawk (a few steps from this marker); Man's Last Footsteps On The Moon (approx. 0.9 miles away); Citizens Bank (approx. 1.5 miles away); Whiteside Building (approx. 1.5 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Hutchinson.
Also see . . .
1. Happy 10th Birthday. (Submitted on February 2, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
2. Fort Hayes State University Mascot. (Submitted on February 2, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
3. Fort Hayes State University. (Submitted on February 2, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
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