The Matador Song

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"The Matador Song", which dates from 1930, is the school song of the Texas Tech University Red Raiders.


The song was created as part of a contest sponsored by the school newspaper, then known as The Toreador. R.C. Marshall, the editor of the 1931 La Ventana was chosen as the winner and given a $25 prize.[1] In the next year, Goin' Band Director Harry LeMaire rewrote the music to the song.[2] Aside from that, it has remained unchanged since its creation.[3] Despite Texas Tech adopting the Red Raider as its mascot in 1936, the song continues to refer to the original Matador mascot.


  1. ^ "Council Adopts Song for Tech" (PDF). The Toreador. May 1, 1930. p. 5. Retrieved December 11, 2013. 
  2. ^ "New Music Is Adopted For Matador Song" (PDF). The Toreador. March 5, 1931. p. 1. Retrieved December 11, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Spirits and Traditions". Texas Tech University. Retrieved 2009-09-13.