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Drake University is a private Division I university located in Des Moines, Iowa. The official school colors are blue and white and the school mascot is a bulldog. George Carpenter, a teacher and preacher, and Francis Marion Drake, a Union General and later governor of Iowa founded Drake University in 1881. Classes began that year in a single building with 77 students. Drake University was originally affiliated with the Christian Church, but today no religious affiliation is officially recognized.