The José Rizal University got its moniker from the abundance of World War II vintage bombs in their campus. The JRU campus, like many others, was turned into a garrison by the Japanese army. This led to many vintage bombs mined beneath the campus, which led to the heavy bombers moniker. The Seniors (collegiate) team adopted the Heavy Bomber, while the Juniors (high school) team adopted the Amazing Light Bombers.
On September 5, 2008, high school basketball player Keith Agovida scored 82 points to break the scoring record held by Erwin Bolabola by the Letran Squires in a 127-49 trashing of Malayan Science.
The last JRU won a Championship is way back 1972 lead by brothers Philip & David Cezar, Edgardo Carvajal, Olimpio Santos Jr., Cris Calilan, Rafael Lopez, William Canopio, Jimmy Santos, Carlo Magno Yabut, Melchor Rabadon, Jesus Avila, Renan Pablo, Jesus Ortiz, Minervino Reyes and Jesus Sta. Maria. Coach by Francisco "kiko" Calilan