Gunrock is the official mascot of the
University of California, Davis. He is named after Gun Rock, who was born in 1914 and was the offspring of English Triple Crownwinner Rock Sandand race mare Gunfire.fact|date=July 2008 His bloodlines are similar to those of the legendary racehorseMan O' War. In 1921, he was brought by the U.S. Army Cavalryto the campus of University of California, Davis, which was breeding horses for the Cavalry at the time. In 1924, he was adopted as the official mascotof the men's basketballteam and accompanied the team to games and rallies. Later, a traditional mascot was created and named Gunrock by the students. That mascot persisted into the 1970s, when he was replaced by "Ollie the Mustang". Ollie did not last long, as a period of confusion about the school's mascot and nickname set in, lasting into the first decadeof the 21st century.In 2003, after the school's official mascot was officially identified as the mustang, the name "Gunrock" returned.
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