After 20 years (I graduated in 1988), I finally got back to Cameron last week to see the Miami game. It definitely lived up to my memories and expectations. The crowd was as boisterous as I remember and a buddy of mine, who I invited but didn't go to Duke, was totally impressed by the crowd, how loud it got, and, most significantly, how the crowd kept cheering and pushing the team even when we were down by 16 in the second half. I was proud and he was so happy to be a part of it he bought a CAMERON CRAZIE t-shirt after the game.
While walking the campus before the game, he also couldn't believe how many people wore Duke hats, t-shirts, sweatshirts and other apparel. He joked, "Do you have a uniform code here?" I remember from my days as an undergrad how students wore their Duke garb proudly and was happy to see that was still the case. Maybe it's like that at other schools, but I don't think to the same extent.
Now to my question which, to some degree, is supported by the photo on the DBR website today. In the 1980's I seem to recall that the primary color for apparel and other merchandise was in the navy family. The photo on the website shows a uniform in Duke blue that is darker than what the players where today. I recall the color of the uniforms being not quite navy in the 80's, but definitely darker than the royal blue color it is today. Looking at the shirts worn by the students, as well as a trip to the school store, the school's color now seems to be more of a royal blue. I never really noticed this from watching on tv, but it was quite apparent when I was there in person.
Was the school's color always royal blue, but the store just sold more navy because it was more popular at the time? Or was the school's color a darker blue than the royal it is today and migrated to royal blue? Was this a gradual shift? And what about the uniforms? Was there a particular year when the color became lighter or was that a gradual migration?
I would be interested if anyone has any thoughts or insights about this.
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According to the younger crowd (ie: my generation), navy is most definitely not. My vote was that the dark blue, like on the top of the ad banner for this site, was true Duke Blue, but the boy stated that it was the royal blue like on the Cameron Crazie t-shirts. When compared to the comments here leads me to believe that the color morphed over the years. Perhaps due to customer popularity or even how the color looks on TV? Clearly I don't have an official answer (nice touch with the Prussian Blue ref above, DITBD) but wanted to weigh in my thoughts and say that Duke Blue seems to be a bit of an interpretation.
My mother attended Duke in the 60s. Everything she has is navy and white. Seems to me Navy is the official Duke blue. What they do for team uniforms can, obviously, be quite different. FWIW, dark blue is my favorite color, but I like the royal blue uniforms - they pop on tv.
Here's an article about the color:
In the late 1880s, the student body chose dark blue as the color. Then Prussian blue was adopted on September 23, 1965 by the Board of Trustees. Duke Blue is officially registered as Pantone 287:
However, for merchandise, anything in the range of Pantone 283 to 289 is acceptable. Pantone 283 is waaay too close for Caroline blue for my liking.
Edit: Art Heyman!!! That seems a good person to be for the rest of the day...I don't think I'm posting anymore until AFTER the game!
Last edited by Bluedog; 02-11-2009 at 10:48 AM. Reason: acknowledging Art Heyman status
In the early 90's I'm fairly sure Duke blue was actually gray or white.
So what Pantone were the UNC coaches wearing, and what shade of dark blue did their team wear on one of the away games they played? Sure looks like Duke Blue to me...and I'm an ophthalmologist!
i graduated in '65. i don't need a pantone chart to know what Duke blue is. i just look at my letter sweater. royal blue, it ain't.
This discussion reminds me... anyone see The Office episode when Dwight wore Cornell gear and Andy got all flustered and upset?? http://officequotes.net/no5-05.php
Dwight: Cornell is a good school, and I want to better myself through higher education. If it makes Andy angry, so be it. [He sips from his Cornell mug]
More than likely it's because the formula is for CMYK so you would include them all, even if one was a value of 0. Remember, "0" is NOT NULL.
I feel that all this color diversity defeats the notion that there's a "Duke Blue" and would like to see the Athletic Dept. unify the blue across all teams. Or, are my eyes fooling me and they are all the same Pantone whatever?