Hooray for Auburn!

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"Hooray for Auburn!" (sometimes Hurrah for Auburn! or simply Hooray!) is the fight song of Auburn High School in Auburn, Alabama, United States. The melody and basic wording of "Hooray for Auburn" have been adopted for use in the fight songs of many schools in the United States, including Hoover High School ("Hooray for Hoover") and Prattville High School ("Hooray for Prattville").[1]


The lyrics to "Hooray for Auburn" are as follows:

Hooray for Auburn!
Hooray for Auburn!
Someone in the crowd is yelling "Hooray for Auburn!"
One, two, three, four!
Who you gonna yell for?
Auburn, that's who![2]

When used by other schools, the lyrics are generally modified by changing the word "Auburn" to something else, such as the school name or mascot.


The basic lyrical structure of "Hooray for Auburn" comes from a cheer that was common in the mid-twentieth century. One of the earliest published versions of the cheer is in Lucile Hasley's 1953 book The Mouse Hunter. In 1961, Auburn High School Band director Tommy Goff wrote music for these lyrics after hearing the cheer used by the Auburn High cheerleaders at a junior varsity football game. The song began being used as the Auburn High School fight song later that year. Around 1963, LaFayette High School in LaFayette, Alabama began using the music as their fight song and soon after several other schools in eastern Alabama adopted "Hooray!".[3]

Schools which use "Hooray!" as a fight song[edit]

The following schools use or have used a variation of "Hooray for Auburn!" as a fight song:

Helena Middle School Helena Alabama-Hooray for Huskies or Hooray

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Auburn High School Band music library, "Hooray for Auburn"; Alan Newton, "25 Years of Genius", Tiger Tales, October 10, 1980; Jimmy White, "Friday pep rally sends team on the road to state", Prattville Progress, December 13, 2006.
  2. ^ The lyrics to "Hooray for Auburn" fall into the public domain because they were legally published within the United States (or the United Nations Headquarters in New York subject to Section 7 of the United States Headquarters Agreement) before 1964, and copyright was not renewed. See also the Rutgers copyright renewal records Archived 2007-10-12 at the Wayback Machine. and Stanford Copyright Renewal Database for further information. The act of publication occurred when the music and lyrics were offered by the copyright holder to LaFayette High School in 1963.
  3. ^ Lucile Hasley, The Mouse Hunter (New York: Sheed and Ward, 1953), 183; Alan Newton, "25 Years of Genius", Tiger Tales, October 10, 1980.
  4. ^ Arthur B. Shostak, Private Sociology: Unsparing Reflections, Uncommon Gains, (Dix Hills, N.Y.: General Hall, Inc., 1996), 100.

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