In 1891 red and white were chosen as the school colors. Forty years later, a rousing debate erupted between two priests, T.J. O'Connell class of 1892 and Patrick Foote, S.J., over the origins of that choice. What seems to be clear is that some teams wore red and white in the 1880s and that the student body petitioned for that combination of colors to be designated as the official school colors.
(from Serving the Intellect, Touching the Heart" by George Giacomini and Gerald McKevitt, S.J., Page 91)
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