It's Official: We'll Be the De Anza Mountain Lions!

The new De Anza mascot was chosen by the college mascot working group, which includes DASB student representatives, student-athletes and coaches. 

The mountain lion was the top choice overall and also drew the most first- and second-choice picks in a ranked-choice survey last month. A record number of students, faculty members, classified professional staff members and Athletics alumni participated by naming their preferences among several finalists – including bears, wildcats and diamondbacks.

animation of mountain lion

Members of the working group said they like the mountain lion in part because it is native to the region. The name may be shortened to "lions" in some circumstances.

The selection has the added benefit of being unique: No other California college or university has adopted the mountain lion as a mascot.

The decision was based on extensive input and campuswide participation, including

  • Coordination with DASB representatives, student-athletes and coaches
  • Consultation with Academic Senate and Classified Senate
  • Meetings with Athletics alumni
  • Two campuswide surveys that gathered input and suggestions

What's Next? 

The process moves into a design phase for winter quarter, as the college developes an official image for the new mascot, with continued input from DASB student representatives, student-athletes and coaches.

Phased implementation will begin in spring 2020, as the new mascot is incorporated into athletics team uniforms, college advertising and other media.

Watch this website for further updates. And thank you to everyone who provided input throughout this effort!

Why a New Mascot?

De Anza is adopting a new mascot after students voted overwhelmingly last spring to retire the Don, an outdated symbol that many students had never even seen. The new mascot was selected to  

  • Symbolize pride and school spirit for everyone associated with the college
  • Work equally well for women's and men's Athletics teams
  • Be distinct among California community colleges!

runners, students spelling De Anza, basketball player

De Anza Associated Student Body – Mascot Subcommittee Members

Yusra Ibrahim

Yusra Ibrahim 
DASB Senator 

Juan Marquez

Juan Manuel Marquez 
DASB Senator

Shelly Michael

Shelly Michael 
DASB President 

Faizan Miya

Faizan Miya 
DASB Senator


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