University of Illinois


Illinois fight song written in 1911 by two students who felt that the official school song, “Illinois Loyalty”, did not sufficiently rouse the crowd during a game. Was written to be played after a touchdown in football, and is now also played after first downs. In basketball, it is played leading into time outs in toward the end of the warmup period; when timed correctly, the ‘O’ of “Oskee-Wow-Wow” is held just as the buzzer sounds (and is actually the same note as most buzzers across the country).

Illinois Loyalty
Written in 1906, “Illinois Loyalty” is the official school song for the University of Illinois. It is also one of the oldest school songa in the country, but due to its length, it is only played during pregame, halftime and post-game. In 1911,  Oskee Wow-Wow replaced it as the fight song because it failed get the crowds of spectators involved in athletic events.


Hail to the Orange
The University of Illinois Alma Mater.