Red & Blue History

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 44 times and the Blue team won 36. 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 46 BLUE 38

Winners by Decade

List of 9 items.

  • 2010-Present

    2010 Blue
    2011 Red
    2012 Red
    2013 Blue
    2014 Red
    2015 Blue
    2016 Red
    2017 Blue
    2018 Red
  • 2009-2000

    2000 Red
    2001 Blue
    2002 Red
    2003 Blue
    2004 Red
    2005 Red
    2006 Blue
    2007 Red
    2008 Red
    2009 Red

  • 1999-1990

    1999 Red
    1998 Red
    1997 Red
    1996 Blue
    1995 Blue
    1994 Blue
    1993 Red
    1992 Blue
    1991 Red
    1990 Red
  • 1989-1980

    1989 Red
    1988 Red
    1987 Red
    1986 Blue
    1985 Red
    1984 Blue
    1983 Red
    1982 Blue
    1981 Blue
    1980 Red
  • 1979-1970

    1979 Red
    1978 Red
    1977 Blue
    1976 Blue
    1975 Red
    1974 Blue
    1973 Blue
    1972 Red
    1971 Blue
    1970 Blue
  • 1969-1960

    1969 Blue
    1968 Red
    1967 Red
    1966 Red
    1965 Blue
    1964 Red
    1963 Blue
    1962 Blue
    1961 Red
    1960 Blue
  • 1959-1950

    1959 Blue
    1958 Blue
    1957 Blue
    1956 Blue
    1955 Blue
    1954 Red
    1953 Red
    1952 Red
    1951 Red
    1950 Red
  • 1949-1940

    1949 Blue
    1948 Red
    1947 Red
    1946 Red
    1945 Red
    1944 Blue
    1943 Blue
    1942 Blue
    1941 Blue
    1940 Blue
  • 1939-1935

    1939 Red
    1938 Red
    1937 Blue
    1936 Red
    1935 Red

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