No college emblem half so sweet / As our colors, colors pure and true, / No college banner that we greet, / Like thee, our dear old white and blue.” When Annie Pike Greenwood (BS 1900) wrote these lyrics for BYU’s “College Song” in 1899, BYU had been tied to white and blue for nearly a decade. Since choosing its colors, BYU has featured nearly every shade of blue:
Color Commencement: BYU’s first blue appears on the cover of 1891’s commencement program, where a printed badge holds ribbons and golden text reveals the meaning of the school colors: white symbolizes purity, and blue, truth.
Sky-Blue Y: The first Brigham Young University yearbook, dated 1909, featured a sky-blue Y from the same swatch of the color wheel as the ribbons on the 1891 commencement program. It was the same year work began on the Karl G. Maeser Memorial Building.
Powdery Pennant: With its block letters, it is likely that this powder-blue banner was created in or after 1911, the year serifs were added to the letter on Y Mountain.
Almost Purple: A blue so deep it’s almost purple is the cover on this 1905 copy of the White and Blue, BYU’s student newspaper from 1898 to 1923.
Royal Roots: Silvery lettering graces the crushed suede, cerulean cover of 1911’s Banyan, the first BYU yearbook with that name.
Loyal, Strong, and Blue
Over the years Cougars have sported a variety of hues on the field and on the court. In 1940 the football jerseys even had orange accents. But blue—from powder to navy—has always been the primary color, and the latest jerseys, incorporating royal and navy, are bringing back the best of years past. Check out a gallery of football jerseys and helmets below.