Aside from being one of the most spirited and enthusiastic Spirit Weeks in recent memory, the Thursday, October 19th Pep Rally also marked a turning point in Austin Prep's history. You can view photos from the Pep Rally here.
As we know, Austin Prep just celebrated its 60th anniversary and our Cougar mascot Cubby was there every step of the way. As our journey together continues, Cubby is now full grown, inspired, and committed to our students and the growth of Austin Prep for our next 60 years and beyond. At the Pep Rally, we introduced Austin Prep’s new Cougar mascot, Auggie!
As we follow in the footsteps of St. Augustine, our new Cougar’s name, Auggie, is a shortened version of the name of our patron saint. We look forward to Auggie continuing to help connect us to our Augustinian heritage. The reimagined Cougar mascot also provides Austin Prep the opportunity to embraced our Cougar identity, which has an additional twist: Augustinian schools all initially had cat based mascots to coincide with the Villanova University Wildcats.
We also introduced a new Cougar logo to help welcome Auggie to the school community. The logo was designed by Art and Design Faculty member Nicolle Renick. Auggie also came with gifts, as all students left with a rally towel featuring the new logo.
The rest of the Pep Rally featured a performance from the competitive cheer team, and customary skits performed to music by fall sport athletic teams, of which special recognition is due to the football team for their tumbling abilities and routine. The event was kicked off by Hunter Soep '24, who performed a Hendrix-like rendition of the Star Spangled Banner on guitar.
Welcome, Auggie, to Austin Prep!