What Is the Harvard Mascot?


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The official mascot for Harvard University is John Harvard. The school does not have a mascot that is a regular part of their athletic program like most other universities.

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What Is the Harvard Mascot?
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The sports teams at Harvard University are referred to as the "Crimson." The mascot has little to do with this nickname, since John Harvard is a historical, and the school's, benefactor. While a statue of John Harvard is located on campus, the mascot is not used during the university's sporting events like a traditional mascot. The statue of John Harvard was erected in 1884 but does not resemble John Harvard at all as it was modeled after a student at the time.

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