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MASCOTS OF NOTRE DAME You've heard of the famous leprechaun, but did you know each NOTRE DAME residence hall has a mascot?

In keeping with the nickname "Fighting Irish," the Leprechaun has been Notre Dame's mascot since 1965. Students are chosen via tryouts each year and Notre Dame currently has three leprechauns presiding.

Conal Fagan '22, Samuel Jackson '21, and Lynette Wukie '22 donned the green suit to represent Notre Dame this year.

RESIDENCE HALL MASCOTS

Notre Dame mascots don't stop at that. We have school spirit to spare! Each of our 31 undergraduate residence halls has a mascot too. When you join the Notre Dame community, you might become a Keenan Hall Knight, one of Farley Hall's Finest, or part of O'Neill Hall's Angry Mob.

Keep scrolling to learn about each residence hall community, their mascots, and more.

ALUMNI HALL DAWGS

Constructed in 1931, Alumni Hall originally served as the border for the south edge of campus. When it first opened, Alumni Hall served visiting alumni and was named to honor the loyalty of all alumni.

Alumni Hall residents are nicknamed the "Dawgs" in honor of the University's first mascot.

Notre Dame doesn't have a Greek system, but Alumni residents use Greek characters to spell out "DOG," a nod to their mascot.

BADIN HALL BULLFROGS

Originally constructed in 1897 as St. Joseph's Industrial School, Badin Hall was renamed in 1917 in honor of Rev. Stephen Badin, the first Catholic priest ordained in the United States and provider of the land where the original Log Cabin was built.

The Badin Bullfrogs host the Polar Bear Plunge. Each February students jump into icy cold St. Joseph's Lake to raise money for charity.

BAUMER HALL [TBD]

Baumer Hall is the newest addition to the Notre Dame residential life community, completed in Summer 2019. Right now, it serves as home to the Dillon Hall community, whose hall is currently being renovated. (Read more about Dillon below.)

Students assigned to Baumer Hall in the 2020-21 academic year will enjoy founding new traditions and creating community in this brand new hall.

Baumer Hall

BREEN-PHILLIPS HALL BABES

Breen-Phillips or BP, home of the "Babes," became one of the first women’s residence halls after the University began admitting women in 1972. The Breen-Phillips Meal Auction, the hall’s signature event, raises donations for Meals on Wheels from students bidding to eat with coaches, faculty, and other ND notables.

Breen-Phillips Hall - Home of the "Babes"

CARROLL HALL VERMIN

What's that building across the lake? It's Carroll Hall, of course! Home of the Vermin, Carroll's location on St. Mary's Lake, in addition to its small size, contributes to the tight-knit community of its residents.

Carroll residents host the Carroll Christmas event each December.

CAVANAUGH HALL CHAOS

The Cavanaugh "Chaos" live in this hall named for Notre Dame's fifth president Rev. John W. Cavanaugh, C.S.C.

An active community, Cavanaugh coordinates events throughout the year, including dances, educational presentations, cornhole tournaments, the Naugh Fest Spirit Week, a Christmas pageant, and Father-Daughter/Mother-Daughter weekends.

READ A SPECIAL WELCOME FROM CAVANAUGH RECTOR JO CECILIO.

DILLON HALL BIG RED

In addition to its annual Stache Bash to support the South Bend Center for the Homeless, the Dillon community is best known for its opening day whiffle ball tournament and its weekly Milkshake Mass, where students celebrate Mass in Dillon’s St. Patrick’s Chapel and stay afterward for milkshakes.

Gathering for the Stache Bash
Dillon Hall is home to the Milkshake Mass. Every Thursday night, students gather for Mass, followed by delicious shakes.

FARLEY HALL ANGELS

The Farley Hall "Angels" celebrate their namesake, Rev. John "Pop" Farley, C.S.C., each year during Pop Farley Week. This includes a skit night, a visit to Pop Farley's grave, hall decorating, and a hall dance.

DUNCAN HALL HIGHLANDERS

Located on the West Quad on the back nine holes of the Notre Dame Burke Golf Course, Duncan is home to the Highlanders.

The Highlanders shave their heads each year in solidarity with cancer patients during their Bald and the Beautiful fundraiser.

THE BALD AND THE BEAUTIFUL

FLAHERTY HALL BEARS

The Bears live on the Northeast corner of campus in one of the newest halls on campus, established in 2016.

Flaherty is home to the Flaherty Food Fights and the Pumpkin Pie project, for which residents work with campus dining each November to bake 100 pumpkin pies for the South Bend Center for the Homeless.

DUNNE HALL SENTINELS

Established in 2016, Dunne Hall is one of the newest residence halls on campus and is home to the Sentinels.

Each year, the Sentinels host the Dunne Funne Runne and the Dunnedance Film Festival.

Many halls, including Dunne host special nighttime food sales for residents.

FISHER HALL GREEN WAVE/FISHERMEN

That's right, Fisher Hall men have not one, but two mascots. Each resident is a "fisherman" and together they make up the "Green Wave."

Fisher hosts the famous Fisher Regatta, an annual fundraiser in which students from all over campus build boats by hand and compete in a across St. Mary's Lake.

Fun at the Fisher Regatta

HOWARD HALL DUCKS

The Howard Hall Ducks host the Totter for Water each year. This involves residents rocking on a giant teeter-totter erected in South Quad to raise money for the Water Project organization.

The Ducks also host Howard Halliday around Christmastime each year.

KEENAN HALL KNIGHTS

When you see hundreds of students lined up outside of LaFortune Student Center, you know it's almost time for the Keenan Revue and they're waiting to purchase tickets. Featuring a wealth of campus talent, this variety show is one of the most popular campus events.

The Knights of Keenan never fail to entertain in the annual Keenan Revue.

LEWIS HALL CHICKS

Who's up for pancakes? The Lewis Hall Chicks usually are, especially during their yearly L-HOP (Lewis House of Pancakes) event. Once a year, the Chicks open their residence hall to the campus community, serving a different breakfast item on each floor. Proceeds benefit a local food bank.

The Lewis Luce is an evening prayer tradition that takes place on Monday nights during the academic year.

KEOUGH HALL KANGAROOS

The Keough Kangaroos race chariots for charity every year, accompanied by a petting zoo on campus that houses their very own mascot, a kangaroo named Jack. This is followed by pizza and a Toga Dance in the LaFortune Ballroom.

Keough Chariot Race

LYONS HALL LIONS

The Lions are uniquely situated in a corner of South Quad, where their building's signature arch allows a view of St. Mary's Lake.

KNOTT HALL JUGGERKNOTTS

Make way for the JuggerKnotts! The men of Knott hold down a corner of what's known as Mod Quad. Each year they lead the Aidan Project, a cancer awareness initiative in which students make fleece blankets and write personal notes of encouragement for children undergoing cancer treatment.

Interhall athletics are a fun part of residential culture on campus. Each residence hall supports teams in multiple sports. This is one way for students who opt out of varsity athletics to keep playing at a highly competitive level.

MCGLINN HALL SHAMROCKS

The McGlinnHall Shamrocks were named Hall of the Year in 2018-19, an accolade taken seriously by all residence halls on campus. Their signature event, Casino Night, raises funds for St. Adalbert's, a Holy Cross school in South Bend.

MORRISSEY HALL "THE MANOR"

Built in 1925, Morrissey Hall is named after Rev. Andrew Morrissey, C.S.C., Notre Dame's seventh president. The hall is often referred to as Morrissey Manor, and is nicknamed simply “The Manor.”

The hall is known for its architecture and Yaz’s, nighttime food sales named in honor of former resident and Boston Red Sox hall of famer Carl Yastrzemski.

In 2015, Morrissey's Chapel of the Little Flower underwent a major renovation.

PANGBORN HALL/JOHNSON FAMILY HALL VALKYRIES

For the past several years, Pangborn has served as host to other hall communities during their own year-long hall renovations.

In the 2019-20 academic year, Pangborn Hall became the home of the Valkyries, a community living in Pangborn before their transition to the newly built Johnson Hall in Fall 2020.

Students admitted to the Class of 2024 can look forward to new traditions as they help found and shape the Johnson Family Hall community.

Johnson Family Hall during construction: the future home of the Valkyries.

O'NEILL FAMILY HALL ANGRY MOB

The Angry Mob of O'Neill Family Hall takes their nickname from the annals of campus history. Legend has it that when students moved from former residence Grace Hall to either O'Neill Family Hall or Keough Hall in 1996, some students were angry about their relocation. Purportedly, they held a series of bonfires in protest. When the time came to choose a mascot for O'Neill, residents decided to carry on the memory by naming themselves the Angry Mob.

The "Bloody Red Hand of O'Neill," seen above on the hall flag, is explained here.

The Angry Mob circa 2019

PASQUERILLA EAST PYROS

The Pyros of Pasquerilla East (PE) and their sisters in Pasquerilla West (PW or P-Dub) take up residence in Mod Quad. These sister halls were built with the provision that donors Frank and Sylvia Pasquerilla’s twin daughters would each occupy one hall during their senior year.

P.E. is home to PEMCo, the Pasquerilla East Music Company, Notre Dame's only student-run group dedicated exclusively to musical theatre.

SIEGFRIED HALL RAMBLERS

Originally called “The Slammers,” the men of Siegfried became the “Ramblers” in 1997, also the name of Notre Dame’s athletic teams before they were called the Fighting Irish.

Each winter, Siegfried hosts “Day of Man,” in which residents brave the cold wearing shorts, T-shirts, and flip-flops to raise money for the South Bend Center for the Homeless.

PASQUERILLA WEST HALL PURPLE WEASELS

Pasquerilla West, sister hall of PE, also known as P-Dub, is home to the Purple Weasels.

During the first full week of February, PW hosts its annual spirit week, Queen Week, in which each section competes in various events to crown a first-year student as “Queen.” The PW color is purple and they trumpet their motto, “Peace, Love, P-Dub” wherever they go.

SORIN HALL (SORIN COLLEGE) OTTERS

Sorin Hall, known among students as Sorin College, is Notre Dame's first residence hall. It was built in 1888 and named for University founder Rev. Edward Sorin, C.S.C. The name debate harkens back to 1969 when the Sorin Otters, in protest of the Vietnam War, symbolically seceded from the University, renaming the residence “Sorin College.”

Past residents include legendary head football coach, Knute Rockne; athlete and athletics director, Ed “Moose” Krause; and Heisman trophy winners John Lujack, Johnny Lattner, and Paul Hornung.

The Otters' motto is "Frater pro Fratre," or "Brother for Brother."

RYAN HALL WILDCATS

Ryan Hall, home of the Wildcats, was built in the spirit of accommodation and accessibility for students with disabilities.

The Wildcats are dedicated to serving the South Bend community through signature events such as Wheelchair Basketball, Relay for Life, and Caring Cats Clothing Collection to benefit St. Vincent de Paul Society of St. Joseph County.

When Rev. Joe Carey, C.S.C., moved to Ryan Hall as the priest-in-residence, the move came with a kitchen. Eager to find ways to engage in the community he decided to learn how to bake. Now, residents of Ryan Hall gather in FJ's (Father Joe's) kitchen to bake, sample cookies, brownies and other treats and enjoy time together.

STANFORD HALL GRIFFINS

Stanford Hall is home of the Griffins, named in honor of Rev. Robert F. Griffin, C.S.C, beloved University chaplain for 30 years.

Stanford and Keenan Hall were built together in 1957 and the two halls enjoy a brotherly rivalry. This is played out in the annual Battle for the Chapel, an interhall football game whose winner is awarded naming rights to the shared hall chapel.

Stanford Hall

WALSH HALL WILD WOMEN

The Wild Women of Walsh Hall host a number of events each year, including: Bike Michiana for the Center for Hospice Care, College Dancing with the Stars for the Center for the Homeless, and Fun Friday for the Boys and Girls Club.

Men from halls across campus compete for the title in the hall's Mr. ND event. Pie Your President is a fundraiser for Ronald McDonald House that brings hall presidents and vice presidents together to get a pie in the face.

ST. EDWARD'S HALL STEDSMEN/GENTLEMEN

Like many Notre Dame halls, St. Edward's Hall has a history and lore of its own. Also known as St. Ed's or STEDS, it is home to the Stedsmen, also known as the Gentlemen.

Each year, the Stedsmen sculpt their hair into mullet haircuts for their Mullets Against Malaria fundraiser.

They also host a special Founder's Day, part of Founder's Week, which includes a 3-on-3 basketball tournament, historical lectures, a talent show, and a special Mass. In the spring, the Stedsmen take a trip to Chicago, where they host the Yacht Dance aboard a chartered yacht.

WELSH FAMILY HALL WHIRLWINDS

The Whirlwinds live in Welsh Family Hall, also referred to as "Welsh Fam," which is situated in West Quad, near the Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore.

Welsh Fam women have a strong commitment to service and spiritual development in addition to interhall athletics, which include flag football, lacrosse, water polo, and ping-pong.

ZAHM HALL ZAHMBIES

Home of the Zahmbies, Zahm Hall is called Zahm House by its residents. Built in 1937, Zahm Hall is named in honor of Rev. John Augustine Zahm, C.S.C., a 1871 Notre Dame graduate who, as a scientist, Dante scholar, and international explorer, was the renaissance man of his day.

The annual Zahm Carnival is a collaboration with the Robinson Community Learning Center to benefit the children of South Bend.

Zahm is also home to Za Pizza, a pizza parlor that donates all profits to charity.

Every Thursday before a home football game, the men of Zahm raise the massive "Here Come the Irish" banner on Zahm's North Quad wall.