"The University of the Pacific tiger mascot has been a symbol of the school's athletic teams for over 80 years. Although the actual rendition of the tiger emblem has changed from the graphic drawing of a ferocious, roaring tiger in its earliest beginnings to the "Tommy Tiger" caricature used today, Pacific students, alumni, and boosters identify their school with this animal symbol and the colors orange and black.
How did the Tiger come to be Pacific's mascot? To answer this question involves a study of the evolution of the school colors, student rituals and traditions, and how football played a major role in it all."
Holt-Atherton Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library
Box Number/Folder Title
University Archives 184.108.40.206
Spiro, Cynthia Bava, "Tigers, Traditions and Teams: Football and its Influence on School Customs at the University of the Pacific" (1992). University of the Pacific Individual Histories. 40.