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The DeMatha Stag

The Stag is the official mascot of DeMatha Catholic High School. St. John DeMatha, who founded the Trinitarians in the late twelfth century, is said to have had a vision of a white stag with a red and blue cross between its antlers. The Trinitarians, who wear a white habit with a red and blue cross, established DeMatha in 1946.

The Stag (Cervus elaphus), well-known deer, family Cervidae (order Artiodactyla), native to Europe, Asia, and northwestern Africa and introduced into New Zealand. The red deer has an extremely aggressive nature. Found primarily in woodlands, it lives in herds. During the breeding season, the males (harts) fight for harems of females (hinds). A large animal, the red deer stands about 4 feet at the shoulder and weighs about 550 pounds. Its coat is reddish brown, darkening to grayish brown in winter. The hart has long, regularly branched antlers bearing a total of 10 or more tines; an animal with 12 tines is known as a "Royal," one with 14 tines is a "Wilson."