Our Chant Rises

Our Chant Rises

Rock Chalk, Jayhawk, KU. The Rock Chalk Chant

The lyrics are simple, easy to remember. The sound is unforgettable.

Five words, five repetitions — a slow cadence building to a rapid-fire staccato. The effect is a haunting reverberation of Jayhawk community, tradition, and excellence.

The chant has evolved from the college yell chemistry professor E.H.S. Bailey proposed for the science club in 1886. Soon “Rah, Rah” became “Rock Chalk,” a crisp rhyme to “Jayhawk” and a reference to the chalk-like limestone on KU’s Mount Oread.

Today the chant echoes through the stadium, heralds basketball victories, accompanies graduates as they walk down the Hill, and beckons Jayhawks everywhere to come together, challenge adversity — and rise to greatness.