Syracuse University adopted orange as its official school color, after experimenting with pea green and rose pink, followed by a dabble in azure blue and pink, according to Mary O’Brien assistant university archivist.
“Everyone decided it was time to get a better color,” said O’Brien, pausing briefly for the right word. “A jazzier color.”
The decision to even consider a change occurred after a track meet in 1889 – a meet SU won, but not without “rather cutting comments” from the opposing team.
Following a little research and feedback from alumni and students, the board of trustees adopted orange a year later, making SU the first university in the nation to use the color by itself.