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University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

MPAL Exhibits 2017-2018: University of Illinois Songs

Documents exhibits at the Music and Performing Arts Library during the 2017-2018 academic year.

About the Songs of the University of Illinois

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has several traditional songs that students, alumni and friends have enjoyed for generations.  Here are a few facts about them:

  • “Pride of the Illini,” written by Karl King expressly for the Illinois Bands, was published in 1928. [1]
  • First school song – Illinois Loyalty was first performed March 3, 1906 [1]
  • The song “Fight, Illini” was composed in 1921 and sung at the stadium dedication in 1924. The text of the song (pdf, 86KB), reprinted from the 1923 Dedication Homecoming Program, seems to link the term to ideals of wartime service and courage. [2]

Pictures from the University of Illinois Songs Exhibit


Items in collection