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Spirit and Tradition

At Tarleton, there's no shortage of spirit or deep-rooted traditions. We encourage you to immerse yourself and learn to truly Bleed Purple.

Purple Book

To learn more about our founder, John Tarleton, the early days of Tarleton State University and many other traditions, check out the Purple Book.

Tarleton Rodeo

The Rodeo Team, a Tarleton tradition since 1947, has won 7 National Championship titles and 24 individual national championships.

The Grassburr

For over 100 years, The Grassburr has recorded and documented Tarleton history as it unfolds. The Grassburr is available at no charge for all undergraduate students on the Stephenville campus, so be sure to stop by The Source (Thompson Student Center, 201J) to pick up your copy.

We've got spirit, yes we do!

Purple Poo

Tarleton is home to a number of spirit groups.

The Purple Poo was founded in 1921 and 1923 making them the oldest spirit group in the state of Texas. This secret organization is charged with maintaining the spirit of Oscar P across campus.

Texan Cheer

Texan Cheer can be seen on the sidelines of all athletic games cheering on the Texans and TexAnns. This year, they are celebrating their 70th year at Tarleton!

Texan Rider

The Texan Rider, Tarleton’s official mascot, can be found on the sideline of athletic games and many Tarleton events. Read about how the Texan Rider became Tarleton's mascot.

Texan Stars

For over 40 years, the Texan Stars have been an integral part of Tarleton State University. Formed in the spring of 1974, the Stars are a part of Tarleton's longstanding traditions. They perform at football and basketball halftime shows, Homecoming events and Midnight Madness. The Texan Stars were team champions for five consecutive years at the American Dance Drill Team Collegiate Championship Competition, from 2008 - 2012.


PANKUS members promoting Tarleton team spirit

PANKUS, People Against Not Knowing University Spirit, is unified by their love of Tarleton. Like many other spirit groups, they can be found cheering on the Texans and TexAnns of every game.


Make sure you're ready for Purple Thursdays and Game Day! Visit the Campus Store, located in the Thompson Student Center for all of your Tarleton gear needs.