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Bobcat Mascot

Boko the bobcat displays the "Show 'Em State" hand sign.


The Bobcat has been the mascot of Texas State University since 1921, when the university adopted the name from the recommendation of a committee formed to raise school spirit. Smaller than mountain lions, bobcats are known for their stubborn fierceness and great courage.


In 1964 the Texas State Bobcat was given the official name of "Boko" by Beth Greenlees, a sophomore from Luling, Texas, who beat out about 100 other students in a "Name the Bobcat" contest.

Boko has twice been named “USA National Champion” mascot.