Fresno State Alma Mater
Fresno State Fight Song
The Meaning of the “V”
The "V" symbolizes Fresno State's connection to the Valley and color green was selected to honor the importance of the agriculture industry to the region. The university is one of the most prominent agriculture schools in the nation and the world's richest agricultural area in export dollars.
This representation of the San Joaquin Valley is displayed in the form of a green "V" on the back of the Bulldogs' helmets. The green in the "V" is a symbol to the agricultural community of the Central Valley, which is the world's richest agricultural area in export dollars.
Fresno State's pride for the San Joaquin Valley is displayed in the form of a green.
History of Fresno State's Nicknames & Colors Late in their initial 1921 season, student body president Warren Moody and friends were continually greeted outside the main campus building by a white bulldog. The dog adopted the group and they decided to make him the mascot. Arids Walker made the motion to adopt "Bulldogs" as the official nickname in a student body meeting. It was on November 21, 1921, that the Morning Republican first referred to Fresno State as the "Bulldogs".
The colors evolved out of an argument by women from Fresno Normal School and men from Fresno Junior College. The women were seeking blue and white to the men's red and white. A compromise was struck with the school adopting red and blue.
The Red Wave
It's that kind of fan support that has helped put Fresno State athletics on the map, and the kind of support that resulted in record-breaking attendance at Bulldog Stadium for home football games. It's the Red Wave that packs the 15,596-seat Save Mart Center for basketball games. Bulldog fans also invade Beiden Field (baseball), Bulldog Diamond (softball), the Wathen Tennis Center (tennis) and Warmerdam Field (track and field) by the thousands for every home event.
History of the University
From our humble establishment on September 11, 1911, as the Fresno Normal School , we opened our doors to provide the foundation for the future of California State University, Fresno, pledging to be a university accessible to students from all backgrounds with a burning desire to learn and succeed. We pride ourselves on our contributions to the economic, civic and social well-being of our communities, and promise to continue to serve them to the best of our ability.
Fresno State's story is much more than bricks and mortar, programs and research. It's written in the stories of those who have come to campus to learn, enjoy a concert or check out a book. A centennial is the time when those memories come into sharp focus and are shared, stimulating more remembrances of Fresno State's first 100 years.