Though established over fifty years ago, CSUSB has not always been represented by the Coyote as its mascot. Read on for a full history of our original mascot, school colors and how we brought Cody to life!
Figure 1 Professor DeRemer and Hamilcar.
Through the 1960s, physics professor Russ DeRemer brought his pet St. Bernard to campus events and activities. Students long considered the dog, named Hamilcar Barca, as the unofficial mascot to campus.
April 5, 1966
The CSUSB student body votes on the future mascot and colors of the fledgling campus. Among the ballot options for school colors were: brown and blue, burnt orange and gold, purple and silver, crimson and light blue, burnt orange and white, and green and black. Candidates for the campus mascot included the badger, golden condor, conquistador, jaguar, owl, phoenix, puma, vaquero, and the St. Bernard.
April 7, 1966
A run-off election is held. The St. Bernard and colors brown and light blue are determined as the new representation for California State College San Bernardino (CSCSB). Fun fact: had founding President John M. Pfau gotten his way, we’d have been the badger instead!
October 31, 1966
Following suit after the new mascot on campus, The PawPrint, the student newspaper, makes its debut. The paper was formerly called The Communique.
March 1 – 2, 1973
A special, impromptu, student referendum vote was held on campus to allow students the opportunity to vote to change the mascot. For years, students had been commenting and suggesting that the St. Bernard was not an appropriate fit for the campus, but that the coyote instead would be more representative of the campus and its surrounding areas. Though the coyote won overwhelmingly, the administration at the time discounted the results because the vote was not officially sponsored by student government.
Joe Long joins CSCSB as the new intramural sports coordinator. Joe decided the intramurals program needed a mascot to identify itself with. After a number of students told Joe the campus mascot was the coyote, he began to design shirts using a drawn-up coyote logo. Long later learned from Associate Dean of Students DeRemer that CSCSB had actually selected the St. Bernard as its mascot. When Joe went back to ask students why they had told him the coyote was the mascot, they said the St. Bernard “wasn’t officially the mascot” and that the liked the coyote better anyway.
November 15 & 16, 1983
Students vote to bring intercollegiate sports to CSCSB, beginning in the fall of 1985.
July 23, 1984
California State University, San Bernardino is ratified as the new name for the growing San Bernardino campus, after approval from the student body in May and the California State University system in June.
September 22, 1984
The first NCAA intercollegiate sporting event is held for new CSUSB athletic teams! Men’s soccer defeated the University of Redlands 4-3 in our first Division III event.
After years of debate over the coyote versus the St. Bernard, an ad hoc committee on the campus mascot is created by President Evans. Students voted during winter quarter registration; faculty, staff and alumni were polled via their respective newsletters. 57% of votes were in favor of changing to the coyote mascot while only 30% defended the St. Bernard. Other mascot suggestions included the tumbleweed and the roadrunner. President Evans gave the final stamp of approval. Fun fact: for a period of time, there was a research lab on campus behind the psychology building that was home to seven coyotes. Today, it is home to alligators and lizards.
Figure 2 St. Bernards or Coyotes, what will we be?
Figure 3 Cody the Coyote, 1991
Despite the mascot being officially changed early in 1984, our coyote remained nameless until 1998! CSUSB Athletics approached Associated Students, Inc., in April to host a contest to name the coyote that had begun appearing at athletic events. The winner would receive a $250 cash prize.
May 21, 1998
Cody was revealed as the winning name for the mascot. Twelve different individuals submitted the name, but the prize was award to the first person to turn in the suggestion. Martha Kazlo, a counselor in the Psychological Counseling Center, was the victor.
January 16, 2008
The official school colors are re-visited, especially as there are varying degrees of “Columbia blue.” In an effort to create a standard visual concept for CSUSB’s new logo and design, it is determined that a medium shade of blue would be the official school colors, followed with black, white, and gray (or silver) are acceptable secondary colors. You can read more on our color history here!
July 24, 2012
The Cody you see today made his debut at SOAR in 2012, retiring the old costume and bringing a new spirited, blue Coyote! Fun fact: Cody had a companion named Cadee who could be seen at campus activities and athletic events for a short time! Cadee was never actually instilled as an official mascot.
Figure 4 Cody the Coyote, 1997
Figure 5 Cody and Cadee Coyotes, 2013
Today, you can catch Cody at special events all over campus – admissions days, student organization fairs, orientation and other school-spirited celebrations on campus! Cheer on the Coyotes at Coussoulis Arena next to him, or be sure to share a high five as you see him in the Student Union.