School Colors

Earliest known references to school colors

 
Batavia Crimson and Gold

      Earliest known reference (1911): “Its [sic] our team that made us famous | Clad in sweaters of ‘Crimson and Gold.’”—from the poem, “What Made Batavia Famous?” by E.N.A. [Edith N. Abernethy], Class of 1912, in Batavia School and Home Bulletin, Wednesday, 15 March 1911, p. 1

Observation: Batavia’s school colors were established and clearly identified with its athletic teams even before the merger of East Batavia (District No. 101) and West Batavia (District No. 102) school districts in April 1911.

Geneva Blue and White

      Earliest known reference (1901): “Foot ball colors blue and white” for the Geneva [community] football team.—Twice-a-Week Republican [Geneva, Ill.], Saturday, 28 September 1901

Note: The community (or town) team, which played from 1898 to 1902, was a semi-professional team composed of “working or [high] school boys.”—Twice-a-Week Republican [Geneva, Ill.], Saturday, 30 November 1901