San Antonio College’s official mascot is the “Rangers.” The Ranger has been associated with San Antonio College (SAC) since 1926 when the college newspaper was originally dubbed the "Junior Ranger."
The Gnome Ranger
During the 2013-14 academic year, the “Gnome Ranger” idea was developed with student and employee input. The administration wanted the spirit figure to be connected to SAC in a unique, fun way.
Although not widely known, gnome-like creatures have been part of the SAC family for many years. There are paintings in the basement of the Koehler House with gnome-like creatures bowling and enjoying “spirits.”
It is said that the paintings were created by the house’s original owner, Otto Koehler. Koehler was the CEO of the City Brewery (now the Pearl Brewing Company.) He built the Koehler Mansion in 1901 to oversee the brewery from the house’s third floor balcony. The estate was deeded to the College in 1971. Koehler’s paintings still hang there today.
Antonio the Ranger
Over the years, several different variations of "Ranger" images have been created and used. With student leadership input, Antonio the Ranger was reimagined as a heroic character to capture the strong spirit of San Antonio College. Antonio was introduced in the Fall of 2019, and is named after our fair city of San Antonio.