History of OU
The OU Seal
OU’s first president, David Ross Boyd, spearheaded the university’s official seal in 1902. A devout Presbyterian, Boyd led a chapel service every morning. In one of his talks he regaled the parishioners with a tale of a man sowing seeds — the basis for OU's seal.
Boyd tasked his first secretary George Bucklin with sketching the design of a sower with his bag of seeds. Above the sower, a Latin motto reads: “Civi et Reipublicae," or “For the Citizens and for the State.”
These guys are a staple of Sooner football games. You’ll find this all-male spirit squad on the sidelines at Owen Field shooting shotgun blanks into the air and weaving the Sooner Schooner around the field after each Sooner touchdown.
They’ve always been a little rough around the edges (hence the name), but you’ll be hard-pressed to find a group of men more passionate about OU athletics. The OU RUF/NEKs have been around for more than 100 years, making them America’s oldest male spirit organization.