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Nittany Lion Shrine

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At Penn State University's Greater Allegheny Campus, the Nittany Lion Shrine is located in the front of the Student Community Center.

Nittany Lion Shrine


This is the home of Penn State's famous mascot, the Nittany Lion. The Nittany Lion became Penn State's athletic symbol in 1904 when Harrison D. "Joe" Mason, confronted at a Princeton-Penn State baseball game by Princeton's Bengal tiger, responded with quick wit that Penn State's Nittany Mountain Lion was the "fiercest beast of them all." He eventually was successful in persuading the student body to accept the animal as its mascot.