A UNC home football game wouldn't be complete without spotting Rameses munching grass on the sidelines of Kenan Stadium. The Hogan family has been proud to uphold this gameday tradition for the University for the past 93 years.
While Rameses has become an icon for UNC over the years, housing and preparing him for game days is a longstanding tradition in the Hogan family. In 1924, the family purchased a ram mascot to support Jack “The Battering Ram” Merritt, a star football player on the team. Henry Hogan, a lineman on the team, offered his family’s nearby farm as a place to keep and care for the ram.
Under the care of the Hogan family, there have been 20 generations of Rameses.
Ann Leonard, wife of former owner and late Rob Hogan, lives on the farm and said the current iteration of Rameses, Rameses XX, is one of her favorite rams.
“He is very docile and doesn’t seem to mind all the attention he gets and he is very well behaved,” Leonard said. “People kiss him, hug him, look him right in the eyes. A lot of animals would be uncomfortable with that, but he’s been great about it.”