The Lobo Mascot

Lobo image from the Brand 1921

The Brand 1921 Archives of the Big Bend, Bryan Wildenthal Memorial Library, Sul Ross State University, Alpine, Texas

The idea of having a wolf or lobo as the mascot for Sul Ross must have been on students’ minds early on, as an image of a lobo appeared in The Brand 1924.

Miss Sully - the wolf mascot taken in 1972

Miss Sully, The Brand 1972 Archives of the Big Bend, Bryan Wildenthal Memorial Library, Sul Ross State University, Alpine, Texas

The first lobo mascot was presented to Wes Townsend, the Captain of the Sul Ross Football team, by Jeanette Tippit, daughter of a local rancher, during the first football game in 1925. Ms. Tippit reportedly said, “…show in your playing the same fighting spirit so evident in this little animal.” To which Townsend replied, “The team will fight as untiringly and as bravely as the lobo.” It would not be until 1966 that the school obtained another lobo. When the lobo pup arrived on campus from Tucson, Arizona, a name had already been chosen, Sully. It was later discovered that the lobo was a female, and so she became Miss Sully. Miss Sully passed away in 1974. Though Sul Ross no longer uses a live lobo as its mascot, each year a member of the cheerleading squad dons a lobo costume to help cheer on the teams and meet and greet everyone at events on and off campus.

Lobo Mascot in costume standing in front of the Sul Ross University sign

Photograph courtesy Jason Hennington