Rocky the Red Hawk, hands on hips, standing in front of the Student Center on a sunny day

Rocky the Red Hawk

Montclair State’s School Mascot

Rocky the Red Hawk stands between 5’8″-6’2″ tall and closely resembles the red-tailed hawk, which many members of our community may see flying over campus throughout the year. Rocky is dedicated to spreading Red Hawk Pride to all and frequently attends events both on and off-campus. He never misses a Homecoming or Commencement and loves to come out of his nest as often as he can to support the students, faculty and staff here at Montclair State.

Rocky the Red Hawk sitting on top of the hawk statue, one arm up, on a sunny day

Request Rocky!

Rocky is available upon request, pending notice and availability. He loves taking selfies, passing out prizes, riding around on his golf cart with handouts and all around just having fun. So no matter what your event, we would love to try to make it!

Request Rocky Today!

Team Rocky

In 2015 a group of approximately 20 dedicated Montclair State undergraduate and graduate students was formed called Team Rocky. These student leaders encourage others to get involved and stay connected to campus and always show their true Red Hawk Pride. Rocky represents all Red Hawks, so Team Rocky is as diverse as our student body. The team has formed traditions and continues to grow as the campus expands.

Want to Join Team Rocky?

Once a member of Team Rocky, always a member of Team Rocky! That said, openings depend on how many students we lose to graduation each year. Some years we may have 10 open spots and others maybe only one or two. The application and training process is strenuous. Do you think you have what it takes? Applications for 2019 open Monday, December 3.

Apply to Team Rocky!


  • In 1989 Montclair State University became the Red Hawks.
  • In 2001 “Rocky” was named after a student vote as our school mascot.
  • In 2015 Team Rocky was formally established.
  • In 2017 Rocky created his very own Snapchat: @RockytheRedHawk and Instagram: @RockyRedHawk
  • In 2018 Rocky’s little sister, “Roxy,” official made her debut.

Help us celebrate Rocky’s birthday every year on October 5!