Tripod was a stray dog that became an unofficial school mascot when adopted by the Sam Houston State Teachers College student body.
It is not exactly known when the mustard-colored dog first appeared on campus but he was a presence by the mid-1940s. His name came from his lame left-front paw that was unable to be mended.
Alumnus Dan Rather called him "The Three-Legged Don Juan of College Hill" and in a 1952 editorial entitled "Tripod Legend Growing Fast" mused that the dog "should be placed in the 1953 Alcalde as Sam Houston's 'All-College Favorite.'"
Tripod joined students for pep rallies, homecoming parades, football games at Pritchett Field, and other activities as well as showing up on the quadrangle between classes.
In 1973, composer and then SHSU Music Department Chair Fisher Tull composed the March for Tripod in remembrance.
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