Spirits and Traditions
This brochure is filled with great histories of the traditions, past and present, that have entered the hearts of Red Raiders.
The Spirit Squads lead the fans in supporting the teams at football, basketball, and volleyball games. They serve as ambassadors not only at athletic events, but also at many different school functions.
Homecoming is a time for students, faculty, community, and alumni to come together to celebrate Tech pride.
The tradition that brings so much pride and enthusiasm to being a Texas Tech fan had an intriguing beginning and an even more amazing history. The tradition began as a gag in the mid-1930s—George Tate ’37 shocked football fans when he and a trusty palomino named Tony or Silver, depending on your source, led the football team onto the football field then just as quickly fled the scene.
The writing of Texas Tech’s alma mater was the result of a contest. The school newspaper, then called The Toreador, sponsored the contest and offered $25 to the winner. R.C. Marshall, who was the 1931 “La Ventana” editor, was deemed to have written the best song. With exception of Harry LeMaire’s (the Goin’ Band’s director from 1926-1934) 1931 re-write of the music to The Matador Song, it has remained the same.
Music by Harry LeMaire, words by R.C. Marshall
The “Fight Song” was written by Carroll McMath and updates the Matadors, Tech’s original name for the athletic teams, to the Red Raiders. The song is sung at many of Tech’s sporting events.