Colors of the Ivy League team. The colors of Harvard University are Crimson, Black, and White. The athletics team is known as the Crimson. The football team was originally painted gold but this was changed when William Howard Taft became president in 1909. He had a passion for law and order and felt that having a police-like team would help bring respect to Harvard.
The baseball team was also originally painted gold but this was changed when John F. Kennedy became president in 1961. He loved the sport and wanted to make sure that Harvard had a strong baseball program so he could be associated with it even though he never played himself.
The basketball team was colored blue until Harry Walker Keating became president in 1952. He wanted to change the color of the basketball team to crimson to represent the school's sports programs in art and music as well as football and baseball. This color change made sense because before then, the only time the basketball team wore any kind of color was during the annual Ivy League games where they would wear white uniforms with red stripes down the side.
So now there are three reasons why the basketball team wears black and white instead of just black or just white.
Harvard University in Crimson/Colors and The Bear/Mascot.
The color crimson is derived from the red dye made from the kermes insect found on Harvard trees. It was chosen because it is a deep, strong color that will not wash out. The color blue is used to indicate distance on Harvard maps and notes of invitation letters.
The bear symbolizes strength and courage for Harvard students. It also represents industry after a laborer's hard work, and sagacity after a fool's heart. Finally, it denotes charity toward all people, since bears do not attack others of their species.
Crimson football has been a part of Harvard history since 1875. The original field was in Cambridge, Massachusetts but now plays its home games at Harvard Stadium in Boston, Massachusetts. Harvards first football team was undefeated and rated as one of the best college teams of its time. Today, Harvard continues to be a leader in athletics with 22 national championships across several sports.
Students, alumni, and fans refer to the entire university community as "Harvardians".
Yale's official colors are Yale Blue and White. The athletics squad is known as the Elis, or the Bulldogs.
Yale's nickname is the Ivies because they used to be called the Yales. The university was established in 1701 by royal charter from King George I as the Collegiate School. It was not until 1810 that it adopted its present name, after Charles Yong, the British monarch who extended the charter. In 1811, the school began a formal college system, which includes only men today. In 1920, women were admitted for the first time as undergraduates.
In 1934, President Herbert Hoover proposed that a committee be appointed to consider changes in the institutions' curricula and faculty appointments to make them more competitive with other universities. The committee was appointed but no action was taken on the recommendations. In 1940, however, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed an executive order establishing a commission to revise the curriculum in accordance with the recommendations of the Hoover committee. The result was the creation of two new degree programs: one in engineering science and one in business administration. These programs were expanded in 1969 by the addition of a third degree program, communications science.