The Stanford Tree is the unofficial mascot of Stanford University. Stanford's team name is the Cardinal, referring to the vivid red color. Stanford University has no official mascot. This created a void not typically found at schools with loveable mascots for their sports teams, and into this void the Stanford Band has presented one of the most unique college mascots. From 1930 until 1972, Stanford's sports teams had been known as the Indians, and, during the period from 1951 to 1972, Prince Lightfoot was the official mascot. But in 1972 Stanford's teams reverted to the name Cardinal, the color that had represented the school before 1930. Three years later, the Band performed a series of halftime shows suggesting new mascot candidates considered appropriate for Stanford, including the Steaming Manhole, the French Fry, and the Tree. The Tree ended up receiving so much positive attention that the Band decided to make it a permanent fixture.
The Stanford Axe
The Stanford Axe is a trophy awarded to the winner of the annual Big Game, between the University of California Golden Bears and the Stanford Cardinal. The trophy consists of an axe head mounted on a wooden plaque, along with the scores of past Big Games. The Stanford Axe was originally a standard lumberman's axe. It made its first appearance in 1899 during a Stanford rally when yell leaders used it to decapitate a straw man dressed in blue and gold ribbons while chanting the Axe yell.