The Scottish Highlanders began on the Iowa campus in 1936 as an all-male bagpipe band and accompanied the ROTC military unit. It became all female in 1943, when 71 of the 75 members left to serve in WWII, and remained that way until 1973. The group performed at Hawkeye football games, other athletic and University events, and other parades and celebrations across the country. After the university officially disbanded the group in 2008, alumni formed a committee aimed to preserve Highlanders’ history and to collect memorabilia. A permanent exhibit is on display at University of Iowa Athletics Hall of Fame.
about the artist
John is in his 14th year as the high school art teacher at Iowa City Regina. He painted two statues for the first Herky on Parade and two statues for UNESCO’s Bookmark project. John also works as a freelance graphic designer and caricature artist.
BEHIND THE DESIGN
The Scottish Highlanders have a rich history at the University of Iowa. This Herky was also re-created for 2014 and sports a traditional tartan (plaid) kilt and headpiece.