Pete is Purdue’s unofficial mascot and is one of the most recognized characters in NCAA sports. Originally created in 1940 as an advertisement for the University Bookstore, Pete came to life in 1956 and has had more than five makeovers through his 50+ years. Today, five students share the responsibility of acting as Pete. Requirements? Be at least six feet tall, weigh no less than 180 pounds, be involved in campus activities and possess leadership qualities.