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1890 football squad

If you visited a University of Illinois sporting event in 1893, you would have seen fans and athletes adorned in these colors.

What colors were they?

Answer: Green and white

These colors reflected the athletic director’s Dartmouth roots. Before 1893, U of I used several color schemes, mostly gold and black. In 1894, with the dedication of Engineering Hall approaching and the need to order decorating materials, orange (freedom) and blue (steadfastness and stability) were formally selected as the University’s colors.

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