San Antonio College’s official mascot is the “Rangers.” The Ranger has been associated with San Antonio College (SAC) since 1926 when the college newspaper was originally dubbed the "Junior Ranger."
Over the years, several different variations of “Ranger” images have been created and used. However, the images grew to look cruel, harsh and mean. Due to the historical controversy surrounding the Texas Rangers, SAC decided to no longer use a human image to depict the Ranger.
During the 2013-14 academic year, the “Gnome Ranger” idea was developed with student and employee input. The administration wanted the spirit figure to be connected to SAC is a unique, fun way.
Although not widely known, gnome-like creatures have been part of the SAC family for many years. There are paintings in the basement of the Koehler House with gnome-like creatures bowling and enjoying “spirits.”
It is said that the paintings were created by the house’s original owner, Otto Koehler. Koehler was the CEO of the City Brewery (now the Pearl Brewing Company.) He built the Koehler Mansion in 1901 to oversee the brewery from the house’s third floor balcony. The estate was deeded to the College in 1971. Koehler’s paintings still hang there today.