Contrary to popular perception, Stanford’s tree is not the school’s mascot – the school does not officially recognize a mascot at all. The Stanford tree, which usually represents a coast redwood tree, is actually a member of the school’s band. Because the costume changes frequently, it occasionally resembles other trees. As of September 2014, the costume resembled a palm tree.
Stanford University is located in the city of Palo Alto, California. Because of a close relationship between the school and the community, the school created the costumed character in honor of Palo Alto’s official logo, which features the image of “El Palo Alto,” a historically significant, coastal redwood. El Palo Alto stands over 100 feet tall and has been alive for over 1,000 years.
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