A Brief Chronology

Late 1940's - SDSU adopts an Aztec Warrior as its symbol and mascot. Over the years, the mascot earns the affectionate name "Monty Montezuma"

May 15, 2001 - SDSU President Stephen Weber sets aside the results of a campus referendum where 95% of the students and boosters state their desire to retain Monty Montezuma. SDSU becomes the only division one program without an official mascot.

Spring 2002 - Aztec Warrior Foundation formed by an independent group of SDSU Alumni, boosters, and fans to bring back a Warrior mascot.

Summer 2002 - The SDSU mascot search committee, in a split decision, recommends a warrior figure as school mascot. Dr Weber reviews the decision and states, " a mascot is intended to be an appropriate unifying, spirit-raising symbol of the university". To date we have " been unable to develop a mascot that meets these criteria"

July 31, 2002 - Pope John Paul II performs a canonization mass for Aztec Juan Diego in Mexico City, thus creating the first Native American to be a Saint of the Catholic Church. Aztec Warriors honor the Pope with performances in authentic warrior apparel. The Aztec Warrior Foundation uses research from these proceedings to support the authenticity of the design for the new SDSU Aztec Warrior uniform.

September 14, 2002 - The first appearance by the new Aztec Warrior at the SDSU vs. Arizona State football game.

November 12, 2003 - President Weber announces Mascot referendum allowing students, AAF and Alumni to Vote to make the Aztec Warrior the official mascot of San Diego State.

December 11, 2003 - Aztec Warrior Mascot once again official by overwhelming vote


  • Sending a 100% donation to the AWF to help cover the cost such as internet, printing, marketing, insurance etc.
  • Purchasing and proudly wearing AWF GEAR
  • Call or send e-mail and letters to Chancellor Charles Reed, Cal State System (creed@calstate.edu) 401 Golden Shore, Long Beach, CA 90802-4210. Phone (562) 951-4000.
  • Call Dr Stephen Weber's office (619) 594-5201 and state your feelings.

"Never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never-in nothing, great or small, large or petty -- never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense" Winston Churchill, October 29, 1941

- Donors List -

Warrior Black

Temple Inland

A-Accurate Moving Company

Warrior Red

Partnership Home Mortgage

Jeffrey Fleming

Good Source

South Bay Volkswagen

The San Diego Foundation (Price-Weingardt Charities)

Dennis Wise

Richard Burruss

Thomas Lohner


Photo taken by Joel Zwink

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Aztec Warrior Foundation is an independent non-profit corporation that is not sponsored by or affiliated with San Diego State University.