Penn State's Original School Colors


Penn State’s school colors are blue and white. But it hasn’t always been that way -- originally, the school’s colors were black and dark pink. These colors only represented Penn State for the brief span of approximately two-and-a-half years, however.

History and Changeover

  • In October 1887, a committee composed of three students developed school-color combination options. From these options, the student body unanimously chose black and dark pink. However, it was soon discovered that the pink coloration of school-themed apparel faded significantly due to sun exposure. Additionally, evidence in the university archives suggests that an opposing baseball team -- namely, Dickinson’s -- mocked the Penn State teams’ uniforms. Thus, in March 1890, Penn State students opted to change their colors to blue and white.

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