Lehigh students have been proud of the “Brown & White” since 1867 — two years after the school's founding. When the school was founded, individual classes had their own unique colors. Soon the university realized it needed colors that could unify the entire student body. The explanation behind choosing brown and white has gone missing from the official history books. But Lehigh folklore offers up one suggestion: A woman wearing fashionable brown and white stockings crossed the path of a group of men discussing school colors and, as they say, the rest is history.