History of the Jayhawk
A cartoonist for the student newspaper named Henry Maloy, drew an iconic version of the Jayhawk in 1912. The Jayhawk has shoes for kicking it's opponents, and it's figure is iconic in the University of Kansas' history.
In 1920, a somber bird, perched on a KU monogram was used as the KU Mascot.
Jimmy O'Bryon and George Hollingbery designed a duck-like Jayhawk that came into use in 1923.
In 1929, Forrest O. Calvin drew a grim-faced bird sporting talons that could kill.
In 1941, Gene "Yogi" Williams changed the Jayhawk by opening it's eyes and beak, giving it a contentious appearance.
Harold D. Sandy's created the 1946 design of a happy Jayhawk that survives today. The design was copyrighted in 1947.
In 2005 the Jayhawk was reintroduced with the new KU Trajan font, and that is the Jayhawk we currently use to this day.