My high school mascot. What's a maroon? According to Stephen F. Austin High in Austin, a "Maroon" is anyone who represents the school with pride. Even more intriguing than the mascot's name is its depiction, a maroon ball of fluff with large eyes. The first picture of "Mr. Maroo" was drawn in 1957, but the school says it has more than 100 different illustrated versions of the mascot.