Dunster House, Harvard University

Registration number 20060927D

This certifies that the heraldic arms of Dunster House, Harvard University in honor of Reverend Henry Dunster are registered and are described by the blazon below

Arms: Gules three stags' heads caboshed a bordure Or.


Joo-Hee Chung, "What are the meanings of the house and graduate school shields?", Harvard Crimson 11/01/2001

Design rationale

Dunster House was named in honor of Reverend Henry Dunster, the first president of Harvard College. It is commonly believed that President Dunster’s family coat of arms serves as the emblem of Dunster House. In actuality, when the House Shield was being designed, the designer searched for the Dunster family arms in England, and unintentionally based the shield design on the wrong Dunster family seal.

Registered by

Michael Swanson


Education, US, D, H


Roll of Arms