The Red-Blue color competition is a long-standing tradition at Buckley. It began in 1935 with the first Red-Blue contest—at the time called Stunt Month—and has continued to this day. The Red team has won the yearly competition 47 times and the Blue team won 40. Students in grades 5-8 compete in various athletic contests such as soccer, basketball and “fun” games throughout the school year to earn points for their team. The competition culminates with a track and field meet in June called Field Day. The winner of Field Day as well as the yearly competition is announced at the annual Red-Blue Athletic Banquet.
Students are placed on either the Red or Blue team starting in the First Grade. If a family member has been on a team in the past, that child automatically is placed on that team to continue the family’s tradition at Buckley.
Upper School students elect Red-Blue captains in September. Boys and girls from each respective team and grade level are elected by their teammates to fill these important leadership roles. Captains are responsible for leading their teams during Red-Blue Spirit Day in October and guiding them throughout the rest of the school year in the various athletic contests. The captains are also instrumental in planning their teams’ participation in Field Day. The eighth grade captains' final task is to give the “end of the year” speech at the Red-Blue Athletic Banquet.
Total: RED 47 BLUE 40