George Washington University
It’s no surprise that a Washington, D.C. college, chartered by an Act of Congress nearly two centuries ago, has traditions steeped in our nation’s history. To commemorate its namesake, George Washington University chose the colors of the Continental Army uniform, buff and blue, and the name “Colonials.” Students and athletes alike portray these proudly in their pursuit of excellence, especially on the basketball court. Spurred on by the rowdy Colonial Army student section, the basketball programs have seized numerous Atlantic 10 championships and made several trips to the NCAA tournament. The Colonials look forward to beating their newest rivals, the George Mason Patriots, in the battle for the Tri-Corner Hat Trophy. “Raise High to the Buff and Blue!”
Nickname:
Colonials
Top Rivals:
George Mason University
Style Facts:
“George,” the head of George Washington on a student wearing a colonial uniform, has served as the Colonials official mascot since 1948. The phrase "Raise High", taken from the GW fight song, originally coined to foster spirit and morale during the 2011-2012 basketball season, has developed into a campus motto—more than just a catchy slogan for Colonials enthusiasts to rally around.