Yale students and visitors customarily greet Dan/Walter with a cheer of "Boola, boola." " Yale University was the first school to adopt a mascot in 1889 and it was Handsome Dan the bulldog. Some university mascots get small scholarships for their work. "[R]epresenting the character of Brutus is secondary only to your academic pursuits at The Ohio State University," it says. Christian Petersen/Getty ImagesAdvertisementAdvertisementThe Best, the Worst, the WeirdIn mascot circles — yes, they exist — there's an ongoing competition over who has the best mascot.