Hampton Pirates Logo

Hampton Pirates Logo
In spite of the fact that the Hampton Pirates logo has gone through several updates over the last forty years, it has preserved the original pirate theme.

Meaning and history

Hampton Pirates logo history


The emblem introduced in 1979 looked more like a sketch than a real logo. It seemed to have been drawn by hand, and even the circle frame was uneven. The 1997 logo with a smiling pirate looked more professional, yet there was something cartoonish about it.
In 2002, the team adopted an emblem featuring the pirate’s torso over the program’s name. The large hat and sword were quite prominent. The current version was introduced only a year later. It looked almost the same as its predecessor except for the palette.

Hampton Pirates basketball

Hampton Pirates basketball logo
In addition to the regular Hampton Pirates logo, the basketball program also uses the emblem featuring the interlocking letters “H” and “U.” The men’s team has played in six NCAA Division I Tournaments, in the 2018 National Invitation Tournament, in the College Basketball Invitational (two times), and in one CIT.

Hampton Pirates football

Hampton Pirates football logo
The Pirates have competed in HBCU National championships seven times.