Where does Hokie come from?
The Hokie was born some time in the 1890s when a student named O.M. Stull drafted a new fight song for the Virginia Tech athletic teams. The original song went like this:
Hoki, Hoki, Hoki, Hy.
Techs, Techs, V.P.I.
Polytechs – Vir-gin-ia.
Rae, Ri, V.P.I.
Eventually Hoki was respelled as Hokie. That explains the word itself, but WTF would a bunch of athletes look up to a giant … turkey?
The origins of the Hokie Bird are a bit more nebulous. At one point Virginia Tech students were referred to as “Gobblers,” which, of course, is the noise associated with the favored meal of Thanksgiving. Their athletic mascot was—surprise, surprise—a giant turkey. First known as the Fighting Gobbler, the big bird was re-christened as the Hokie Bird some time in the 1980s, and he’s been around ever since.
Members of the fevered Virginia Tech fandom now refer to themselves as Hokies and members of the Hokie Nation.
Who uses Hokie?
A football game at Lane Stadium is sure to bring out the Hokie Nation on social media.
What. A. Scene. Hokie nation goes wild in Chapel Hill after Virginia Tech’s 22-19 comeback win over North Carolina. pic.twitter.com/HuZOwrBYrk
— Anthony Romano (@ARomanoWDBJ) October 14, 2018
And, fall time is Hokie time across the nation as leaves turn orange and maroon.
We are #Hokies. 🦃 We know what that means, but does the rest of the world? They will now. 🌍
— Virginia Tech (@virginia_tech) October 10, 2018