The young women of Ursuline Academy roar loud and proud for their brown fuzzy mascot, Ursa Bear.
St. Angela Merici founded the Ursuline Order under the protection of St. Ursula. The name Ursula means ‘little bear’ in Latin; the Big Dipper constellation, Ursa Major (or ‘great bear’) appears on the Ursuline shield. Ursuline’s current bear mascot was adopted in the early 1990s.
Ursa Bear dons the school’s classic red plaid skirt, as well as bows in her hair if she’s feeling spunky. She uses her dance skills, enthusiasm and gripping bear hugs to pump up the crowd at Ursuline sport games, pep rallies and assemblies.
De Smet Jesuit High School
When De Smet Jesuit High School opened its doors in 1967, the students were given the opportunity to choose the mascot. The young men envisioned something representing fearlessness, strength and victory, and Sparty the Spartan was born.
Until recently, a DeSmet student bore the honor of dressing as a Spartan to portray Sparty. In the last five years, however, the school purchased a mascot costume, featuring a threatening grimace, five o’clock shadow, and gold and maroon armor. Sparta is a fixture at athletic and alumni events, and also serves as inspiration for the school’s yearbook, The Spartan Olympiad.
Mary Institute and Country Day School
Compromise, teamwork and democracy have each played important roles in creating the MICDS mascot.
When St. Louis Country Day School and Mary Institute merged in 1992, students tried to combine the Country Day Ram and Mary Institute Gator into a ‘Ramagator’ mascot. However, the hybrid animal never captured the affection of the students, so in 1997, school officials put it up for vote among the student body. The Ram won by a landslide.
Help from a student committee designed the Ram, creating something tough and strong, but still appropriate for younger fans. “He is our official ambassador of fun and school spirit, and has legions of fans,” says MICDS publications director Debbie Higgins. “If there is cheering to be done, the Ram is there to lead the charge.”