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“Win one for the Gipper” is a term that references the University of Notre Dame ghost George Gipp, a legendary Notre Dame footballer. His ghost is reputed to haunt Washington Hall ever since he died from strep throat in December 1920. He manifests as night noises and footsteps, slamming doors, the sound of someone on the roof, and the feeling of being shoved. His apparition has been seen as well, sometimes giving a student a friendly pat on the back. Also, warrior ghosts on horseback from the Native American Patawatami tribe are believed to ride up and down the front steps of Columbus Hall, which is rumored to have been built over an ancient burial ground.

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University of Notre Dame
South Bend, Indiana
United States

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41.7006036, -86.24010340000001
St. Joseph County, Indiana
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