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Yale Blue

Yale “Blue Site” Blue
    Color coordinates
Hex triplet #0F4D92
sRGBB  (rgb) (15, 77, 146)
HSV       (h, s, v) (212°, 90%, 57%)
Source Yale University - Identity Guidelines
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)

Yale Blue is the dark azure color used in association with Yale University.


  • History 1
  • Other uses 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


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 being associated as 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

The hue of Yale Blue is one of the two official colors of Indiana State University,[4] University of Mississippi,[5] and Southern Methodist University.[6]

Yale Blue was an official color of the University of California, Berkeley, through at least 2007;[7] the university has since adopted Pantone 282 as its blue.[8]

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.[9]

See also


  1. ^ a b c d "Kind of Blue".  
  2. ^ a b c Thompson, Ellen (October 1, 2002). "True Blue". The New Journal. Retrieved January 4, 2012. 
  3. ^
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  5. ^ "Ole Miss Traditions: Red & Blue".  
  7. ^ "History, Symbols, and Traditions: What are Cal's official colors?".  
  8. ^ Colors | UC Berkeley Brand Identity. Retrieved on April 6, 2014.
  9. ^ "The origin of Duke Blue".  

External links

  • Yale Alumni Magazine slide show about Yale Blue
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