There are few college mascots as interesting at the Wake Forest Demon Deacon.
The Demon Deacon is a nod to the university’s history. Though now an independent university, Wake Forest was founded by Baptists. Though the name Deacon was used in connection with Wake Forest teams in the 1920s, it wasn’t until 1941 that some WFU students came up with the idea of designing a mascot based on a Baptist church deacon. The Deacon made his first appearance in top hat, tails, and umbrella.
Then, anecdotally at least, the Deacon was christened with his fierce adjective during a football game when a school reporter announced, “Those Deacons are playing like demons.”
The mascot has gone through some changes over the decades – but remains distinguished and distinctive.
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