In the new year, there will be a new Hoya on campus.
Georgetown announced today that a four-month-old puppy, Jack the Bulldog, will be the next official university mascot. He will arrive on the Hilltop early in 2024.
Jack was born in central California in July 2023. The thirty-pound pup enjoys sunbathing, cantaloupe and playing with other dogs. He’s a friendly, playful puppy, says Julia Farr (C’88), executive director of the Georgetown Alumni Association, who helped conduct the search for a new mascot.
“We are excited to welcome our new mascot, Jack, to our university community,” Farr said. “Jack has been getting ready to join his fellow Hoyas for several weeks, learning all the important parts of his role like walks in the neighborhood, playing with new friends and jumping on a skateboard for a ride. He will bring to life our Spirit of Georgetown in all he does here on campus.”
As with past mascots, Georgetown is taking special care to prioritize the health of Jack, she said, in his current home, during the cross-country move, and throughout his time as a mascot on campus. The university has long been committed to placing the health of each Jack before his official duties, and has strict requirements to ensure Jack is given nutritious meals and exercises to keep him leading the charge on campus.
When Jack arrives on campus, he will be cared for by his caretaker and the Jack Crew, a group of students who take Jack on daily walks and escort him to on- and off-campus events. The Jack Crew has helped look after the mascot for the past 20 years.
Once on the Hilltop, Jack will begin attending smaller events and then move on to appearances in larger venues. When he’s ready, Jack will be a regular fixture at basketball games and other athletic events, at university events, riding around campus in his golf cart, and playing with students on their way to class.