August 28, 2023
Bulldogs as mascots are synonymous with Georgetown and those who have studied Hoya sporting history also know that a succession of Boston Bull Terriers served as our mascot, beginning in 1921 with Stubby, a decorated World War I hero. But often overlooked in the pantheon of our canine mascots is Butch the Great Dane.
Butch came to campus during World War II. He was owned by Captain Andrew D. Gruber who worked with army cadets studying at Georgetown as part of the Army Specialized Training Program (ASTP). When Captain Gruber was transferred overseas, Butch stayed behind and was quickly adopted as the University’s mascot due to his extremely affable nature and ability to learn tricks.
Between 1943 and 1949, he attended football games, pep rallies, and other campus events and made frequent off-campus
--Lynn Conway, University Archivist