Yale Blue

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Yale "Blue Site" Blue
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HSV       (h, s, v) (210°, 100%, 42%)
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Yale Blue is the dark azure color used in association with Yale University.


Since the 1850s, Yale Crew has rowed in blue uniforms,[1] and in 1894, blue was officially adopted as Yale's color, after half a century of the university being associated with green.[2] In 2005, University Printer John Gambell was asked to standardize the color.[1] He had characterized its spirit as "a strong, relatively dark blue, neither purple nor green, though it can be somewhat gray. It should be a color you would call blue."[2] A vault in the university secretary's office holds two scraps of silk, apocryphally from a bolt of cloth for academic robes, preserved as the first official Yale Blue.[1]

The university administration defines Yale Blue as a custom color whose closest approximation in the Pantone system is Pantone 289.[2][3] Yale Blue inks may be ordered from the Superior Printing Ink Co., formulas 6254 and 6255.[1]

Other uses[edit]

The hue of Yale Blue is one of the two official colors of Indiana State University,[4] the University of Mississippi,[5] and Southern Methodist University.[6] The official color "DCU Blue" of Dublin City University is very close to Yale Blue.[7]

Yale Blue was an official color of the University of California, Berkeley, through at least 2007;[8] the university has since adopted Pantone 282 as its blue.[9]

It was Duke University's official color from the 1880s until 1961, when the school adopted Prussian blue. However, Pantone 289 remains an acceptable approximation.[10]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d "Kind of Blue". Yale Alumni Magazine. July–August 2010. Retrieved January 4, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c Thompson, Ellen (October 1, 2002). "True Blue". The New Journal. Retrieved January 4, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Welcome". Office of the University Printer. 
  4. ^ "About - Indiana State University". 
  5. ^ "Ole Miss Traditions: Red & Blue". University of Mississippi. October 1, 2002. Retrieved January 4, 2012. 
  6. ^ "SMU SPIRIT AND TRADITIONS". Southern Methodist University. Retrieved January 4, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Public Affairs and Media Relations Office - corporate identity - DCU identity - DCU". 
  8. ^ "History, Symbols, and Traditions: What are Cal's official colors?". University of California, Berkeley. May 8, 2007. Retrieved December 3, 2007. 
  9. ^ Colors | UC Berkeley Brand Identity. brand.berkeley.edu. Retrieved on April 6, 2014.
  10. ^ "The origin of Duke Blue". Duke University Libraries. Retrieved December 3, 2007. 

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