"According to campus legend, the Rochester sports teams became the "Yellowjackets" in 1925, when football player Howard Garnish '27 urged his yellow-clad teammates with the cheer "Go you Yellow Jackets!"
In May,1930, the nickname was considered by the Board of Control not to have a classical or traditional enough connotation, and a contest was held for a new name for the University of Rochester teams; suggestions included Goldbugs, Rivermen, Dandelions, Genesseans, and Sailors. But when put to a vote, Yellowjackets was by far the winner.
In 1991, Garnish said the name came from an editorial he wrote in the campus newspaper."1
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