School colors

In the United States, school colors are the colors chosen by a school to represent it on uniforms and other items of identification. Most schools have two colors, which are usually chosen to avoid conflicts with other schools[1] with which the school competes in sports and other activities. The colors are often worn to build morale among the teachers and pupils, and as an expression of school spirit.[2]

School colors are often found in pairs and rarely no more than trios, though some professional teams use up to four colors in a set. The choice of colors usually follows the rule of tincture from heraldry, but exceptions to this rule are known.

Common primary colors include orange, purple, blue, red, and green. These colors are either paired with a color representing a metal (often black, brown, gray (or silver), white, or gold), or occasionally each other, such as orange/blue, red/green, or blue/yellow. Pairing two metals, such as black/white, silver/gold, and especially black/gold, is also a common practice. Finally, some American schools, in a display of patriotism, adopt the national colors of red, white, or blue.[3]

In an effort to further establish identity and promote a standard, many institutions often decree the use of specific shades of colors. Maroon, generally regarded as a darker shade of red, is a common primary color. Various shades of blue, from powder to Prussian, are also in use; a few schools have adopted two different shades of blue for their colors, with the darker shade serving as the primary. The shade of gold can vary greatly even within an institution, from a vivid yellow to a more convincing gold.

Black, white and gray are often used as neutral colors for sets that do not otherwise adopt them. This practice is especially notable in basketball (where home uniforms are often white) and professional baseball (where team colors are often used as trim for white or gray uniforms).


Most competitive teams keep two sets of uniforms, with one emphasizing the primary color and the other emphasizing the secondary color. In some sports, such as American football, the primary color is emphasized on home uniforms, while uniforms for other sports, notably basketball, use the secondary or a neutral color at home. This is done to avoid confusing the two schools' colors. In addition, various groups that generate support for athletic teams, including cheerleaders and marching bands, wear uniforms with the colors of their school.

School colors have many non-athletic purposes as well. Members of a university's community will often display them as a sign of support or spirit for their particular institution. Likewise, during college or university ceremonies, those schools which award an academic hood to their students will generally abide by the American Council on Education guidelines and use the school colors on the inside and the disciplinary colors on the outside velvet trim (regardless of the ceremony, recipients of a degree have the right to wear the hood thereafter). Some doctoral robes will also be in the colors of the university which granted the degree. At many private schools, or more traditional state schools, "school colours" are awards presented for achievement in a subject or a sport - See Sporting colours.

British and Irish universities traditionally have an academic scarf in the university's colors, usually long, woollen and patterned only with lengthwise stripes of varying widths. At collegiate universities such as Oxford, Cambridge, Durham and Lancaster, each college has its own colors and scarf. Other non-collegiate universities such as Glasgow and Newcastle have scarf colors for each faculty.

See Also


  1. ^ "Guide to the University of Chicago School Color History Collection 1894-1911". Retrieved 2016-05-11.
  2. ^ "Princeton University - Orange and black -- the history of Princeton's colors". Retrieved 2016-05-11.
  3. ^ "History of Penn Colors, University of Pennsylvania University Archives". Retrieved 2016-05-11.
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Cardinal (color)

Cardinal is a vivid red, which may get its name from the cassocks worn by Catholic cardinals (although the color worn by cardinals is scarlet). The cardinal bird takes its name from this color.

The first recorded use of cardinal as a color name in English was in the year 1698.

Carolina blue

Carolina blue (occasionally referred to as Tar Heel blue) is the shade of blue used as one of the official school colors of the University of North Carolina. The name is derived from the popular usage of "Carolina" to refer to the university. For clarity in branding and marketing, UNC Creative has defined the color as Pantone 542 and declared that the CMYK representation is Cyan 60%, Magenta 19%, Yellow 1%, and Black 4%. This CMYK results in a Hex code of #62C6F2 . However the university has chosen the hex value of #4B9CD3 as their web safe Carolina Blue due to contrast issues and section 509 web requirements. Oddly enough none of the colors match the selected Pantone 542 which would be a hex value of #6699C2 , RGB of (102,153,194), and a cmyk value of 47,21,0,24.

The North Carolina Tar Heels athletics department has their own formulation for Carolina blue. Carolina athletics blue has the same CMYK color representation as the university's version of Carolina blue, but the RGB representation for Carolina athletics blue is Red 123, Green 175, and Blue 212. This results in a Hex code of #7BAFD4 , the official matching hex code for Pantone 542 C.Use of the light blue color at UNC dates from 1795 when the Dialectic (blue) and Philanthropic (white) Societies of the university chose representative colors. Society members would wear a blue or white ribbon at university functions, and blue or white ribbons were attached to the diplomas of graduates. Light blue and white have been UNC's sporting colors since the 1880s, when UNC's football team adopted the light blue and white of the Di-Phi Societies as their colors.

Columbia blue

Columbia Blue is a light blue tertiary color named after Columbia University. The color itself derives from the official hue of the Philolexian Society, the university's oldest student organization.


Crimson is a strong, red color, inclining to purple. It originally meant the color of the kermes dye produced from a scale insect, Kermes vermilio, but the name is now sometimes also used as a generic term for slightly bluish-red colors that are between red and rose.

Duke blue

Duke blue is a dark blue tertiary color used in association with Duke University.

Forest green

At right is displayed the color forest green.

Forest green refers to a green color said to resemble the color of the trees and other plants in a forest.

This web color, when written as computer code in HTML for web site color display, is written in the form forestgreen (no space).The first recorded use of forest green as a color name in English was in 1810.

Forest green is a representation of the average color of the leaves of the trees of a temperate zone deciduous forest.

Jacksonville State Gamecocks

The Jacksonville State Gamecocks are the intercollegiate athletic teams of Jacksonville State University (JSU) located in Jacksonville, Alabama, United States. The Gamecocks athletic program is a member of the Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) and competes at the NCAA Division I level including the Football Championship Subdivision. The JSU mascot is Cocky the Gamecock, and the school colors are red and white. Gamecock teams have won six NCAA national championships in four sports, and, along with Wisconsin–Whitewater, is one of only two schools to win titles in baseball, basketball, and football.

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Maroon ( mə-ROON,) is a dark reddish purple or dark brownish red color that takes its name from the French word marron, or chestnut.The Oxford English Dictionary describes it as "a brownish crimson or claret color."

In the RGB model used to create colors on computer screens and televisions, maroon is created by turning down the brightness of pure red to about one half. Maroon is the complement of teal.

Morehead State Eagles

The Morehead State Eagles are the intercollegiate athletic teams representing Morehead State University (MSU), located in Morehead, Kentucky, United States. The Eagles athletic program is a member of the Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) and competes at the NCAA Division I level including the Football Championship Subdivision. The MSU teams are the Eagles, the eagle mascot is named Beaker, and the school colors are blue and gold.

Oxford Blue (colour)

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Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles

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True Blue (color)

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The color of the frame holding the Victory Bell was painted True Blue when UCLA was in possession of the bell after a football victory over the USC Trojans.

Tufts Blue

Tufts Blue is the tone of azure blue used in association with Tufts University.

Tufts University Relations defines "Tufts Blue" as corresponding to the Pantone color of 279 or the process color of 70c 30m 0y 0k.


UCLA Blue is the dark azure color used in association with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). It is described as a deep sky blue and is accompanied by a sun gold, UCLA Gold. Both are colloquially referred to as 'blue and gold'.

UCLA Blue was approved by the Chancellor of UCLA in March 2004.The hexadecimal value of the color is 3284BF. UCLA Blue is a Pantone color.

UCLA Blue is used by the school's academic and administrative units, which is different from True Blue adopted by UCLA Athletics. Still, journalists often refer to the UCLA sports teams' color as "UCLA Blue".

Up with the White and Gold

"Up with the White and Gold" is a fight song at the Georgia Institute of Technology. It is generally played after a touchdown in a Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets football game. The song's title refers to Georgia Tech's school colors and its lyrics contain the phrase, "Down with the Red and Black", an explicit reference to the school colors of the University of Georgia and the then-budding Georgia–Georgia Tech rivalry.

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Yale Blue

Yale Blue is the dark azure color used in association with Yale University.

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