Marc's Distinctive Mascot Collection: Extinct/Dropped College Mascots

Last Updated: July 30, 2019

This is a list of distinctive mascots that colleges used for their athletic teams. If you have any information you wish to share (e.g. additions or corrections), feel free to let me know. Schools that are already part of my mascot collection are marked with a pair of asterisks (**) and listed with their current name. The page that lists mascots formerly used by high schools is here. I hope you enjoy your visit to this page and the rest of the mascot site.

Alaska-Anchorage Sourdoughs (Anchorage, AK) -- This mascot came from a term used to describe Alaskan prospectors, who often used sourdough to make their bread. The school changed the mascot to "Seawolves" in 1977.

Alaska-Southeast Humpback Whales (Juneau, AK) -- This name was adopted in 1980. The intercollegiate athletic program was ended in 1990, but the school continues to use the humpback as a symbol.

American International Internats (Springfield, MA) -- The college's teams are now known as "Yellow Jackets."

Amherst Lord Jeffs ** (MA) -- Until 2017, the teams were named after Lord Jeffery Amherst, namesake of the town of Amherst. Lord Amherst was a highly decorated British general who helped win Canada from France during the French and Indian War. This mascot has been replaced by "Mammoths."

Arkansas St. Gorillas (Jonesboro, AR) -- This was replaced in 1930 by "Warriors," which gave way to "Indians" in 1931, which was replaced by "Red Wolves" in the early part of the 21st Century.

Atlanta Metropolitan Red-Eyed Panthers (GA) -- Replaced in 2011 by "Trailblazers."

Atlantic Christian Little Christians (Wilson, NC) -- This name was replaced by "Bulldogs" in 1928. The college itself is now known as Barton College.

Ball State Hoosieroons (Muncie, IN) -- I imagine that this name was inspired by the state nickname of Indiana, "The Hoosier State." This name was replaced in 1927 by the current "Cardinals" mascot.

Baltimore Super Bees (MD) -- The school dropped its athletics program in 1983.

Bellevue Helmsmen (WA) -- This name was replaced by "Bulldogs."

Bethel Graymaroons ** (Newton, KS) -- The mascot was replaced by "Threshers."

Bethel Little Corporals (McKenzie, TN) -- This name, chosen because the Bethel teams showed aggression on the field in the same manner Napoleon Bonaparte ("The Little Corporal") did in battle, was replaced by "Wildcats"sometime after World War II.

Bowling Green Normals (OH) -- This was a "normal" school, another name for a teacher training college. They are now called the "Falcons."

Brigham Young-Hawaii Seasiders (Laie, HI) -- This name was adopted to reflect the school's location. The sports program was dropped in 2017.

Brooklyn Bridges (NY) -- In honor of the famous Brooklyn Bridge. The teams are now known as "Bulldogs."

Broome Technicats (NY) -- The name was dropped in 1949 and replaced by "Hornets."

Bryan Commoners (Dayton, TN) -- This name honored its namesake, William Jennings Bryan, known as the "Great Commoner." The mascot has been replaced by "Lions."

Bryn Mawr Mawrters (PA) -- Now known as "Owls."

Butler Christians (Indianapolis, IN) -- This name was dropped in 1919 in favor of "Bulldogs."

California State-Los Angeles Diablos (CA) -- This name, Spanish for "Devils," was replaced by "Golden Eagles" in 1980-81.

California State-San Bernadino Saint Bernards (CA) -- This was dropped in favor of "Coyotes."

Capital Fighting Lutherans (Columbus, OH) -- The name was changed to "Crusaders" in 1963.

Cedar Crest Classics (Allentown, PA) -- Now known as "Falcons."

City College of New York Saint Nicks (NY) -- This name was inspired by CCNY's Saint Nicholas Terrace. CCNY teams were also dubbed the "Lavender" until 1934, when the current "Beavers" mascot was adopted.

Clinton Huskers (IA) -- Now known as "Cougars."

College of Emporia Fighting Presbies (KS) -- The Presbyterian college closed in 1974.

College of Santa Fe Prairie Dogs (NM) -- The college's intercollegiate athletics program operated for one year, in 2008.

Converse All-Stars (Spartanburg, SC) -- The teams are now called "Valkyries." I've been told this name was inspired by the famous Converse All Star shoe brand. The women's college used the slightly different term "All-Stars" to avoid legal complications. The college bookstore sold special pairs of the shoes to Converse seniors.

Davidson Presbyterians (NC) -- This name, along with "Preachers," was used for Davidson teams until 1917, when the current "Wildcat" name was adopted after a football upset of Auburn. The school was founded in 1837 by members of the Presbyterian Church.

Earlham Fighting Quakers ** (Richmond, IN) -- They changed the name to "Hustling Quakers" after the college's board of regents decided that it was inappropriate for Quakers to fight.

Elon Fighting Christians (NC) -- The school decided to move away from the ironic image for a new symbol, the "Phoenix. "

Endicott Power Gulls (Beverly, MA) -- Now known as "Gulls."

Erskine Seceders ** (Due West, SC) -- The early Erskine teams were known as "Seceders," not because of the state of South Carolina's famous decision to secede from the Union, but because the name acknowledged Erskine's relationship to the Associate "Seceder" Presbyterian Church in Scotland. In 1929, the name was replaced by "Flying Fleet" to commemorate the exploits of the football team.

Florida International Sunblazers (Miami, FL) -- Teams at this college are now called "Golden Panthers."

Gallaudet Kendalls (Washington, DC) -- The school that serves deaf students was made possible by former Postmaster General Amos Kendall, who donated land to build the institution. The teams at Gallaudet adopted the current "Bison" mascot in 1958.

Geneva Covies (Beaver Falls, PA) -- This name, short for "Covenanters," which was applied to members of the Reformed Presbyterian Church, was replaced in the 1950s by the current "Golden Tornadoes."

Georgetown Stonewalls ** (Washington, DC) -- This name was used when all Georgetown students were required to study Greek and Latin. A popular cheer, "Hoya Saxa!", which translates into "What Rocks!", led to the nickname being changed to "Hoyas."

Georgia Southern Professors (Statesboro, GA) -- The name was replaced by "Eagles" in 1959.

Georgian Court Courtiers (Lakewood, NJ) -- Replaced in 1977 by the far more aggressive "Lions."

Gonzaga Fighting Irish ** (Spokane, WA) -- At one time, Gonzaga aspired to be the "Notre Dame of the West." This name was dropped in 1921 favor of the current "Bulldogs" mascot. The "Zags" moniker has been used as an alternate nickname at Gonzaga for many years.

Greenville Gremlins (IL) -- The mascot was dropped in the 1940s in favor of "Panthers."

Grove City Grovers (PA) -- This name, used as alternate at Grove City for many years, was officially phased out in the 1980s. Grove City's teams are called "Wolverines."

Gusatavus Adolphus Galloping Swedes ** (St. Peter, MN) -- The school's namesake, Swedish King Gustavus Adolphus, was a master of cavalry tactics. The school now calls its athletes "Golden Gusties."

Hamilton-Lincoln Aliens ** (Lincoln, NE) -- The teams are now called the "Wrecking Crew."

Hawaii Fighting Deans ** (Honolulu, HI) -- In 1923, after the Hawaii Fighting Deans won a football game against Oregon State, a rainbow was said to have appeared in the sky. After that, every time a rainbow arced over the field, the team supposedly won, prompting a name change to the "Rainbows."

Hawaii Loa Mongoose (Kaneohe, HI) -- This college was absorbed by Hawaii Pacific University in the early 1990s. HPU's teams are called "Sea Warriors."

Hillsdale Dales (MI) -- Replaced in 1968 by "Chargers."

Hofstra Flying Dutchmen (Hempstead, NY) -- Officially dropped in favor of "Pride" in 2005. William S. Hofstra, the school namesake, provided the property for the school. When the doors opened in 1935, the sole building on campus was Hofstra’s mansion, which he had affectionately named "The Netherlands" after his homeland. The school alma mater, "The Netherlands," was written to the music of the Dutch national anthem.

Howard Iron Horse Express (Columbia, MD) -- The first route of the Baltimore & Ohio railroad ran through the county. Howard's teams are now called "Fighting Dragons."

Illinois-Chicago Circle Chikas (IL) -- The mascot was dropped because it sounded like "chicas," which is Spanish for "little girls." The teams are now the Illinois-Chicago "Flames."

Indiana Northwest Blast (Gary, IN) -- This mascot, inspired by the blast furnaces of Gary's industrial sector, was replaced by "Redhawks" in 1999.

Indiana State Fighting Teachers ** (Terre Haute, IN) -- ISU started as a teacher training college. This name was replaced in 1922 by "Sycamores."

Jacksonville State Eagle Owls (AL) -- Named for a rare predatory bird found near Arctic Circle. This name was replaced in 1947 by the current "Gamecocks" moniker.

Jamestown Muskees (NY) -- This mascot was inspired by the muskellunge fish found in nearby Chautaugan Lake. It was replaced in 1962 by "Jayhawks."

Jersey City State Gothics (Jersey City, NJ) -- This name, for the style of architecture, was amended to "Gothic Knights" in 1983. The school is now called New Jersey City University. The college also called its athletes "Crows" for a time.

Kent State Silver Foxes ** (Kent, OH) -- They were named for a former school president's silver fox farm. The teams were renamed "Golden Flashes" in 1926.

Knox Siwash ** (Galesburg, IL) -- This name was inspirted by Knox alum George Fitch’s humorous stories about "Good Old Siwash," depicting a group of high-spirited students making the most out of the extracurricular, athletic and social aspects of a residential college. Later it was found that the word "Siwash" was seen as insulting to Northwest Native Americans. The school never had a Native American or any sort of representation for the name, but decided to replace it in 1993 with "Prairie Fire."

Lake Forest Gold Coasters (IL) -- This name, which reflected the "Gold Coast" section of the Lake Michigan shores dotted with opulent homes, was replaced by the current "Foresters" moniker after World War II.

Lehigh Engineers (Bethlehem, PA) -- This name was replaced in 1996 by the name "Mountain Hawks."

Long Island-Brooklyn Blackbirds (Brooklyn, NY) -- This name dates the 1930s, when LIU's basketball teams wore black jerseys. Sportswriters and sportcasters remarked that the players looked like blackbirds as they ran around the court. The name was changed to "Sharks" in 2019.

Maharishi Gurus (Fairfield, IA) -- Now known as "Flyers."

Maine-Fort Kent Acadians (ME) -- The nickname dropped in the 1960s for the "Bengals" name that is still in use.

Marycrest Marauding Eagles (Davenport, IA) -- The university closed in 2002.

Miami-Dade Barracudas (FL) -- The college's teams are now called "Sharks."

Mississippi State Maroons (Starkville, MS) -- This name was used officially from 1932 until 1961 because it was one of the school colors. The current "Bulldog" nickname was adopted in 1961, though it had been used unofficially since 1905.

Missouri-St. Louis Rivermen (MO) -- This name was replaced by "Tritons." The women's teams were called "Riverwomen."

Nazareth Moles (Kalamazoo, MI) -- This college closed in 1992. The name was applied to the students who utilized tunnels on campus to get to classes.

Nebraska Bugeaters ** (Lincoln, NE) -- They're now the "Cornhuskers," choosing in 1900 to use that mascot instead of the insect-eating bats that the school's teams used to be named after.

Neumann Nikes (Aston, PA) -- This name, the name of the Greek goddess of victory, was replaced in 1988 by "Knights."

Nevada Sagebrushers -- The teams at Nevada also used "Sage Hens" as a name, before the current "Wolf Pack" mascot was adopted in the 1920s.

New York State College for Teachers Pedagogues (Albany, NY) -- "Pedagogue" is another term for "teacher." The mascot was fitting for the school, a teacher training college. Their mascot was represented by "Pedwin," a penguin fitted with glasses, a professor's hat and book. The school is now known as the University at Albany, State University of New York.

North Carolina State Red Terrors (Raleigh, NC) -- The teams were renamed "Wolfpack" in 1946.

North Dakota State Normal and Industrial Dusties (Ellendale, ND) -- The school closed in 1970. The "Dusties" was a derivative of "Industrial."

Northwestern Fighting Methodists (Evanston, IL) -- The team was known informally as the "Fighting Methodists" in reference to the religious denomination of the University's founders. They were also known as "Purple" for a time starting in 1892, when the color was adopted by the school.

Notre Dame Ramblers ** (IN) -- Notre Dame competed under the nickname "Catholics" during the 1800s and became more widely known as the "Ramblers" during the early 1920s in the days of the Four Horsemen. University president Rev. Matthew Walsh, C.S.C., officially adopted "Fighting Irish" as the Notre Dame nickname in 1927.

Nyack Fighting Parsons (NY) -- This name was dropped because the school didn't think that "Fighting Parsons" was not an adequate symbol for its teams. "Purple Pride," which was chosen as its replacement in 1998, was replaced in 2004 by the current mascot "Warriors."

Oklahoma State Aggies (Stillwater, OK) -- This name, or its longer form of "Agriculturalists," was used unofficially by Oklahoma A&M (As OSU used to be called) from the 1890s until 1924. The current Cowboy mascot was adopted after local writers began using that name for the college's teams. The Cowboy is called "Pistol Pete" in honor Frank B. "Pistol Pete" Eaton, an early U.S. Deputy Marshal, who headed Stillwater's Armistice Day Parade.

Oregon Webfoots (Eugene, OR) -- Named for the consistent damp weather; replaced in 1930s by "Ducks."

Oregon State Orangemen (Corvallis, OR) -- In the early days of the university, Oregon State's athletic teams were known as the "Aggies," for Oregon Agricultural College. When orange uniforms replaced drab sweatshirt-gray and tan jerseys, the teams were called the "Orangemen." In 1916, when the school yearbook was renamed "The Beaver," the current Beaver mascot became associated with the school.

Pacific Lutheran Gladiators ** (Tacoma, WA) -- This name was replaced by "Knights," which later gave way to the current "Lutes" nickname.

Philadelphia Textile Weavers (PA) -- This name was used because of the school's focus. The school's teams are now called "Rams."

Phillips Haymakers (Enid, OK) -- The college closed in 1998.

Portland Cliffdwellers (OR) -- In honor of nearby Waud's Bluff. Portland's teams have been known as the "Pilots" since 1935.

Potsdam Racqueteers (NY) -- Teams at SUNY Potsdam were dubbed "Racqueteers" because of the school newspaper's name, "The Racquette." The teams are now called "Bears."

Puget Sound Christian Anchormen (Everett, WA) -- The college closed in 2007. The female athletes were called "Anchors."

Rensselaer Polytechnic Bachelors (Troy, NY) -- RPI's athletic teams used this nickname from 1953 to 1958. RPI currently uses "Engineers" and "Red Hawks" as team names.

Rosemont Rosemonsters (PA) -- Now called "Ramblers."

Rutgers Queensmen (New Brunswick, NJ) -- This name was from the original name of the school, Queens College. The chanticleer, a fighting bird, also lent its name to Rutgers teams until 1955, when it was replaced by the "Scarlet Knights" moniker used at present.

St. Benedict Bennies (Collegeville, MN) -- This all-womens' college adopted "Blazers" as its new name in 1976.

St. Catherine Katies (St. Paul, MN) -- Known today as "Wildcats."

St. Francis Frannies (Loretto, PA) -- The teams were also known as "Franciscans" for the Catholic religious order that founded the school. The teams are presently known as "Red Flash."

St. Ignatius Grey Fog (San Francisco, CA) -- The school changed its name and mascot in 1930 to the current San Francisco Dons.

St. Lawrence Larries/Lariettes (Canton, NY) -- The name changed to "Saints" in mid-1970s.

San Francisco State Golden Gaters (CA) -- This name was changed to "Golden Gators" in the 1950s, then reduced to "Gators" in the 1970s.

Salem International Tenmilers (Salem, VA) -- The school is in the Tenmile District of Salem. The teams have been called "Fighting Tigers" since the 1960s.

Salve Regina Newporters (Newport, RI) -- The teams are now known as "Seahawks."

Shoreline Samurai (WA) -- This name, adopted in 1965, was replaced by "Dolphins" in 1991.

Snow Ephraimites (Ephraim, UT) -- The school changed its team name, one that reflected its home city, to "Badgers" in 1924.

Sonoma State Cossacks (Rohnert Park, CA) -- This name, recognizing the noted horsemen of the Eastern European steppes, was dropped in favor of "Seawolves" in 2002. The school decided to use a non-human mascot.

South Carolina-Spartanburg Spartan Rifles (Spartanburg, SC) -- This name was adopted in the 1970s to honor a local militia unit that played a part in the Revolutionary War. It was replaced in 2004 by "Spartans," along with the school's name being changed to South Carolina Upstate.

Southern California Methodists (Los Angeles, CA) -- This name was supplanted by "Trojans" in 1912 due to its unpopularity with school officials.

Southern Mississippi Southerners (Hattiesburg, MS) -- This nickname was used from 1941 until 1972, when the current "Golden Eagles" name was adopted.

South Florida Golden Brahmans (Tampa, FL) -- This name evolved into the "Bulls" mascot which is used presently.

Spalding Pelicans (Louisville, KY) --This name was replaced in favor of "Golden Eagles."

Spoon River Mudcats ** (Canton, IL) -- This name was dropped in 2010 due to trademark issues with a minor league baseball team. The athletic teams are now called "Snappers."

State Normal School for Women Schoolma'ams (Harrisonburg, VA) -- This name reflected the school's focus on training female schoolteachers, nicknamed "Schoolmarms." The school went co-ed after World War II and is now known as James Madison University, whose athletic teams are called "Dukes."

Stony Brook Baymen (NY) -- This name, along with "Soundmen," reflected the college's then-location near Oyster Bay. This name was later replaced by "Warriors" and then "Patriots." The school adopted its current name, "Seawolves," in 1994.

Stout Trainers (Menomonie, WI) -- Originally, the athletic teams of the Stout Training School (now the University of Wisconsin-Stout) were called the Trainers. For some unknown reason, the basketball team started using the name "Blue Devils" in 1928. What may have contributed to this is that during that basketball season, reporters from the Stoutonia often referred to the team as the "Blues" or "Blue Shirts." The football team continued to be called the "Trainers" until 1931 when it also took the name "Blue Devils."

Swarthmore Little Quakers ** (PA) -- The mascot was replaced by "Garnet."

Texas-Brownsville Ocelots (TX) -- The university became part of the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley in 2015.

Texas Tech Matadors (Lubbock, TX) -- The "Matador" name was used from 1926 until 1936, when it was replaced by the current "Red Raiders" nickname.

Thaddeus Stevens Traders (Lancaster, PA) -- This nickname, for the school's focus on trade, was dropped in 1991 in favor of "Bulldogs."

Tiffin Bookkeepers (OH) -- Used because of the college's reputation as a business school. This name was dropped in favor of "Dragons" in the 1930s.

Troy St. Red Wave (AL) -- This mascot was replaced by "Trojans" in 1973. The school has since renamed itself as Troy University.

Truett-McConnell Danes (Cleveland, GA) -- The women were known as "Danettes." The school adopted "Bears" as their mascot in 2004.

Umpqua Timbermen (Roseburg, OR) -- The college now calls its teams "Riverhawks."

U.S. International Globerunners (San Diego, CA) -- This school merged into Alliant International University. This name was used because of the school's global focus and diverse student population.

Villanova Main Liners (Philadelphia PA) -- the school adopted its current "Wildcats" mascot in 1926. Villanova is located near the Main Line train route.

Virginia Intermont Blue Problems/White Solutions (Bristol, VA) -- These unique names were used from 1935 to the 1970s. "Blue Problems" referred to what their opponents would face, and "White Solutions" referred to the school's athletes and their ability to solve any problem they were confronted with. The mascot name at the school changed to "Cobras." The school closed in 2014.

Wabash Valley Viscounts (Mt. Carmel, IL) -- Changed in 1965 to "Warriors."

Wake Forest Baptists ** (Winston-Salem, NC) -- For the college's religious roots. The teams at Wake were also known as the "Old Gold & Black" for the college's colors.

Wartburg Tetuons (Waverly, IA) -- The school now calls its teams "Knights."

Washington Pikers (St. Louis, MO) -- Named for The Pike, which ran along Lindell Blvd. between DeBaliviere and Skinker, which was the World's Fair's amusement section. After the Fair, when the university moved to the Hilltop campus, the new campus' proximity to the Pike led to the tradition of using the nickname "Pikers" to refer to both athletic teams and W.U. students in general. This name was replaced in 1926 by "Bears."

Washington Sun Dodgers (Seattle, WA) -- This name commemorated the rainy weather of the Pacific Northwest. Now known as "Huskies" since 1922, since the "Sun Dodger" name was unpopular among the school community.

Wayne State Tartars (Detroit, MI) -- This mascot was adopted in 1927 and replaced in 2000-01 by "Warriors."

Western Carolina Teachers (Cullowhee, NC) -- This was used to show that Western Carolina was a teachers' college. They use the "Catamounts," (cat-of-the-mountain, a.k.a. puma), as a mascot these days.

Whitman Missionaries (Walla Walla, WA) -- The college is named after the missionary Marcus Whitman, who emigrated to the area in the 1830's. This mascot was dropped in 2016.

Wichita St. Wheatshockers (KS) -- This term, for those who harvest shocks of wheat, has since been shortened to "Shockers."

Wisconsin-Fox Valley Trotters (WI) -- Changed to "Cyclones" in 1968.

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