The Demon Deacon at a Wake Forest men's basketball game

Those Deacons…

There are few college mascots as interesting as 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 near Raleigh in 1834. The name Deacon made its first appearance in the public domain on Nov. 9, 1923, when the Old Gold and Black referred to the football team as the “demon deacons” in a brief story about the next day’s game.

But 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.

Did You Know?  

The Demon Deacon makes an appearance at an estimated 130 home games each academic year across all sports.

The Demon Deacon mascot conducts the marching band on Hearn Plaza during Orientation for the Class of 2025.
The Deacon leads the charge! This is part of our “open the gate” tradition. The Demon Deacon always has a featured guest ride behind him to “open the gate” to our football games!
Pull up a chair and stay a while.
The Demon Deacon runs with one of his fans. Formal attire optional.
Wake Forest’s Number One cheerleader: our mascot!
Profile in courage.

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