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.


Do you know the Och Tamale?
bulldog athletics logo

The non-sensical Och Tamale chant was originally titled the "Psalm of Collegiate Thanksgiving."

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