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From its initial beginnings in 1883 until 1967, Houghton College did not have an official mascot. A student vote, held due to the addition of intercollegiate sports, selected Highlander as the winner. Highlanders fit from a geographic standpoint, due to the campus's hillside location overlooking the Genesee River. Historically, the Highlander name has strong ties to Scotland, and while there is no direct connection to Scotland in Houghton's history, a creative poem penned by Ruth Brooks Luckey brought the story of the fictitious Angus McMillen to life. The story chronicles the journey of McMillen from the Scottish Highlands to Houghton, N.Y., and the role he played in the formation and early life of the college. Later in 2016, Houghton introduced the official lion mascot to campus, named Lucky after former president James S. Luckey who was instrumental in gaining Houghton it’s permanent charter and accreditations! The lion represents authority, strength, power, royalty, justice and courage. From a Biblical perspective, the lion depicts authority and power, with Christ referred to as the Lion of Judah. Jockey Street Coffee Roaster’s second medium roast blend is named in honor of the Houghton College mascot. Go Highlander’s!