How did West Virginia University’s official school colors of gold and blue come about?
The colors were adopted by the school’s upperclassmen in 1890, according to West Virginia University: A Pictorial History, 1867-1979. The color choices were taken from the West Virginia state seal. Additionally, the words “gold and blue” are sung in the first verse of Hail West Virginia.
The correct reference to West Virginia University’s color scheme is “Old Gold and Blue”, not Blue and Gold (those are Pitt colors!).