Husky Mania

As the athletic program grew in the fledgling university, President Speare felt that a mascot was needed. In 1927, the University adopted a Siberian Husky named King Husky I, the first of seven living mascots. Speare initially kept the lively dog at his home in Newton. However, after King Husky I escaped twice and ravaged a neighbor’s chickens, forcing the university to pay restitution, Speare opted to kennel the dog between University events.

President Frank Palmer Speare stands with a group to present King Husky I.
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A woman holds three dogs on leashes at the coronation of King Husky II.
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King Husky I died in 1942, and was replaced by King Husky II, the second in a line of seven live mascots.