• The Hamline Piper

    Proud to be a Piper

    At Hamline, we don’t sit back idly and wait for things to happen. We take bold action to make them happen. Our mascot, The Piper, represents our unruffled courage, dogged determination, and innate drive to take the lead.

    Armed only with a brave heart and a song, Pipers of yore led troops boldly into battle. They marched at the forefront, playing music that boosted soldiers’ morale and stirred them to persevere and achieve victory.

    Like the Pipers of the past, we are fearless leaders, driven by purpose and passion to set the pace and inspire others along the way.   


  • Hamline Piper History

    History of the Piper

    Before the Piper, Hamline's athletic teams were represented by our school colors, the Red and Gray. In the early 1920's our athletics became increasingly successful and in 1922 a new athletic field with a stadium and track, known as New Norton Field, was completed. As interest in the teams grew, Hamline enlisted the St. Paul Pioneer Press-Dispatch writers to help us replace the traditional name of the Red and Gray with a new mascot.

    Suggestions came in, among them Red Sox, Red Legs, and Cardinals. But the suggestion that caught on was The Pipers, taken from Robert Browning's poem "The Pied Piper of Hamelin." Ever since then, The Piper has proudly served as our mascot, bringing luck to our sports teams, school spirit to our students, and excitement to the campus at large.

    Mascot Costume Timeline

     Throughout the years, the mascot's design has changed substantially, but students have always been eager to show their school spirit by bringing the Piper to life.

    Piper Mascot Timeline

    Mascot Illustration Timeline

    The graphic version of the Piper has undergone even more changes than his costumed counterpart. Below are a few examples of the illustrated Piper.

    Piper Mascot Illustrations Timeline