With the Shark Selected as New Mascot, Planning Process Underway
In May 2019, President Jane Close Conoley ratified a student-intiated vote that selected the shark as the new university mascot. In the coming days, she is expected to appoint a steering committee to determine the new mascot’s design and personality characteristics.
Cal State Long Beach retired its previous mascot, Prospector Pete, in 2018. The term “‘49er,” however, remains an informal nickname and identifier for anyone affiliated with the university as an alumnus/alumna, employee, student, or supporter. The term references the institution's founding year and continues to hold significance as the university recognizes its 70th anniversary this year. Several organizations on campus also use the term, including the Daily '49er student newspaper and the '49er Foundation.
The university's intercollegiate athletics program will continue to use "Beach Athletics" and its teams the prefix moniker "Beach.” The baseball team also retains its longstanding informal nickname of the "Dirtbags." The shark will serve as the mascot only, and does not affect other marks and naming conventions.
It is anticipated that the new shark mascot will make its debut in late spring 2020.