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Why is Dartmouth's Color Green?

At an eastern college rowing race in 1866, it was one of the only colors not represented by the participants. Dartmouth did not have a color to identify its crew. Harvard had chosen crimson, Yale blue, Hamilton orange, Williams purple, Amherst yellow, and Brown brown.  The following September, Dartmouth students met and settled on green as the school color, because, it is told, “ Indeed, it was the only decent color that had not been taken already.”