Did you know that for a time Kenyon teams were the Pioneers? And that before Ladies caught on in the 1970s, Lordettes was occasionally used? The history of monikers — names, not mascots — goes all the way back to the Mauve in the 1800s.
The “Mauve” – Kenyon’s official color until the early twentieth century
“Kenyon” or the “Mauve” (or, occasionally, the “Purple,” or the “Purple and White”)
Increasing use of “Purple” or “Purple and White”
First use of “Lords” nickname in Collegian, in regard to football game vs. Alfred Holbrook College (late of Manchester, Ohio)
First use of “Lords” nickname in Reveille, occasionally referred to as “Fighting Lords”
Kenyon debuts a new sport, lacrosse, with a team dubbed the “Pioneers” by Ohio newspapermen. The Pioneers take the Midwest championship with victories over Oberlin College and the University of Michigan.
A Collegian article refers to the Kenyon’s women’s lacrosse team members as the “Lordettes” but the “Ladies” is taken up instead.