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I Didn’t Know That: Go Orange! Go Big Blue!

Boise State Cheerleader holds sign that says Boise

Whether you heard it at Convocation on your first official day as a Bronco, in the student section at a Bronco football game, or as the soundtrack of your Saturday afternoons as a child, you’re hopefully familiar with that peppy tune we Broncos know and love: Boise State’s fight song, “Orange and Blue.”

Did you know the fight song is nearly as old as Boise State itself? It was written in 1940 by a student, Eldred Renk. It’s been through some revisions since then—as has Boise State—but has stood the test of time. When Boise State College became Boise State University in 1974, the school held a nationwide contest for a new fight song, one that’d be more fitting for a major educational institution. Broncos were asked to vote on submissions from across the country. When all was said and done, they voted to keep Renk’s “Orange and Blue.”

And so for 80 years now, Boise State’s band—now the Blue Thunder Marching Band—has rallied Bronco Nation with this song.

Orange and Blue – Boise State Fight Song

Fight Broncos
Celebrate the Orange and Blue
Boise will stand and cheer for you
Fight for distinction and our alma mater
Bravely defending B-S-U

Fight on courageously for Boise State
Success and honor make her great
Boise’s proud tradition-
Head’s up competition
Glory for B-S-U!

Go Orange!
Go Big Blue!
Fight! Fight! BSU!

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