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Heraldry

Flying flags

The heraldic banners of the schools of the University combine the colors normally used on the hoods of the various disciplines with symbols illustrating the activities of the histories of the disciplines, particularly at Stanford. The element which appears in all the flags is a triple frond of the redwood tree. By long usage, the Palo Alto redwood tree has been taken as the symbol of the whole University. The triple frond is used to symbolize the botanical function performed by leaves, namely the synthesis involved in the organization, transmission, and generation of knowledge which takes place in the schools and on which the scholarly growth of the University vitally depends. The common function of the schools is represented in the cardinal flag, the redwood frond in a white circle.

University flag

University Flag

This flag, which is intended for University-wide use, takes as its principal design element the triple redwood frond which is common to all the school flags.

flag of the university president

Presidential Flag

The President's Flag is derived from the seal adopted by the University's first president, David Starr Jordan. The Palo Alto redwood tree represented in its natural colors, on a white ground, is set off from the cardinal field by the same decorative ring used around the edges of the University seal.

flag of the school of medicine

Arms of the School of Medicine

Per pale and dexter per fesse; dexter upper, argent a triple redwood frond slipped gules; dexter lower, gules two fretted windows interlaced bendwise argent; sinister, vert and aesculapian staff and serpent or.

CREST:

A lion rampant queue ennowed gules.

FLAG:

Quarterly: 1st, argent a triple redwood frond slipped gules; 2nd & 3rd, vert an aesculapian staff and serpent or; 4th, gules a fretted window argent.

Year School Established:

1908

flag of the school of law

Arms of the School of Law

Purpure, on a pale ermine a triple redwood frond slipped gules.

Crest:

An eagle displayed tenny armed and membered or.

Motto:

Lex atque Justitia.

Flag:

Purpure, on a pale ermine a triple redwood frond slipped gules.

Year School Established:

1893

flag of the school of humanities and sciences

Arms of the School of Humanities and Sciences

Erminois a saltire gules; on a chief argent a pair of triple redwood fronds slipped gules.

CREST:

A molet gules edged and shanked or.

FLAG:

A saltire gules between in chief and in base a triple redwood frond slipped gules; dexter and sinister erminois.

Year School Established:

1948

flag of the school of engineering

Arms of the School of Engineering

Azure, four mascles joined fesswise tenny: on a chief gules two triple redwood fronds slipped argent.

CREST:

An arch above a flowing stream.

FLAG:

Quarterly: 1st, argent a triple redwood frond slipped gules; 2nd, tenny three mascles joined fesswise azure; 3rd, gules, three mescles joined fesswise argent; 4th, azure, three mascles joined fesswise tenny.

Year School Established:

1925

flag of the school of earth sciences

Arms of the School of Earth Sciences

Gules three piles sable: on a chief or lion passant gardant gules.

CREST:

A lion rampant gules.

FLAG:

Quarterly: 1st, or a triple redwood frond slipped gules; 2nd, gules four piles sable; 3rd, sable four piles gules; 4th, or a pair of lions passant gardant gules.

Year School Established:

1947

flag of the graduate school of education

Arms of the Graduate School of Education

Gules an open book argent edged or and covered sable; a chief parted per pale; depter, argent a triple redwood frond slipped gules; sinister, azure a lamp or enflamed gules.

CREST:

A fox cub sejant proper.

MOTTO:           

Disce ut Doceas.

FLAG:

Quarterly: 1st, argent a triple redwood frond slipped gules; 2nd & 3rd, gules an open book argent edged or and covered sable; 4th, azure a lamp or enflamed gules.

Year School Established:

1891

flag of the graduate school of business

Arms of the Graduate School of Business

Sable a fret gules; on a chief or a lion passant gardant gules.

CREST:

A lion rampant queue ennowed gules.

MOTTO:

Je Garde Bien.

FLAG:

Per pale and dexter per fesse; dexter upper, gules a triple redwood frond slippedor; dexter lower, sable a fret gules; sinister, or a lion rampant queue ennowed gules, bordure tenny.

Year School Established:

1925