Stanford Cardinal Logo

Stanford Cardinal Logo
The Stanford Cardinal logo has been based on a large red (cardinal) letter “S” since at least 1997. It has not looked the same throughout the years, though.

Meaning and history

Stanford Cardinal Logo history


The oldest logo on this list (1977) featured only the “S.” Its cardinal body was broken down into two parts by a thinner white “S” placed inside it.
On the 1993 logo, the letter had a more generic style – it was solid with thin white and cardinal trim. A green tree was placed on the forefront. The tree is a member of the Stanford Band. It symbolizes El Palo Alto, the Redwood tree that is the emblem of the city of Palo Alto.
In 2014, the logo was slightly updated. The shades of red and green were altered in a very subtle way. The white gaps below the tree and behind its top part disappeared.

Stanford University athletic program

Stanford Cardinal Logo
The athletic program comprises 36 varsity teams, including 18 women’s teams and 14 men’s teams, as well as teams in such co-ed sports as fencing and sailing. The list of varsity sports includes beach volleyball, football, baseball, gymnastics, lacrosse, and basketball, to name just a few. The teams share the same emblem, so the Stanford Cardinal football logo does not differ in any way from the school’s primary athletic logo.