About Redlands

Mascot

Thurber, the University's present mascot

Thurber—the University's present mascot

The University of Redlands has enjoyed the representation of a number of Bulldog mascots in its long history.

Origin of the Bulldogs

On a brisk October evening in 1917, the University of Redlands football team defeated the Whittier College Poets by a score of 20-0.

The following issue of the U of R Campus newspaper (now known as the Bulldog Weekly) featured an article, "Baptist Bulldogs defeat Quaker Poets 20-0", which included a quote from the opposing team's coach: "The U of R football team might well be called the Bulldogs of the conference for the fight they put into the game last Saturday."

The name stuck, and beginning in 1918, a dog named General Haig—named after the famous World War I general—became the University’s first live mascot, kicking off a tradition of several canine icons throughout Redlands’ history.


Athletics are an important part of student life.
softball player

The University softball field was modeled after the one in "Field of Dreams."

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