The University of Notre Dame located just outside South Bend, Indiana, is famous for a few things. It was once the school where high school football players across the country dreamed of attending, the place where Rudy begged to play just one game, and the place where the Gipper once stood. As a place so revered in the memories of people, it shouldn’t be surprising that Notre Dame has its share of ghosts and hauntings.
George Gipp, also known as the Gipper supposedly haunts Washington Hall on the Notre Dame campus. Gipp was one of the most famous people to ever live, and die on campus. According to the legend, the Gipper stayed out late, carousing with his friends and didn’t make it back to the dorm before his curfew. Campus rules stated that no one was allowed inside after their curfew passed, and poor old George hunkered down for the night on the cold steps outside the dorm. That night led to a severe case of pneumonia, which eventually ended the life of the man known as the Gipper. That also led to the famous phrase, “win one for the Gipper”.
The Gipper seems unable to move on after his untimely death. He is said to roam through Washington Hall, slamming doors and walking back and forth down the hall. Some also claim to hear music playing late at night. The Gipper’s ghost was also blamed for pushing a male student. Washington Hall ceased being a dormitory in the 1950s, but the Gipper still roams the halls. The soft sounds of music are still heard by those inside by themselves late at night, and students still claim to hear the sounds of footsteps when no one else is inside the building. Some theater students working on the stage in Washington Hall have also claimed to feel someone watching them. When they turn around, they see the darting form of a young man running in the opposite direction. The Gipper doesn’t seem as if he’s ready to move away from the school he once loved so dearly.
The Gipper is not the only ghostly figure seen on the University of Notre Dame campus. Columbus Hall, one of the only original buildings still in use today, has several ghosts of its own. The ghosts are not former students, or professors, but members of the Patawatami Indian tribe. The Patawatami Indians once lived on the land where South Bend now sits, and it seems as though they are unwilling to move on in death. Several ghosts of the tribe have been seen in front of Columbus Hall, with their ghostly horses directly beside them.
The University of Notre Dame is located just outside the city of South Bend, Indiana. Its free to visit the campus, and you might just see a few ghosts.