of Hope Nicknames--Dutchmen, Flying Dutchmen, Flying
College was founded
by settlers from the Netherlands in
1866. The college's athletic teams have been known as the
Dutchmen since the beginning of the intercollegiate program
in the early 1900's.
Flying Dutchmen was coined by a sports writer for the student
newspaper in 1958 following a big victory in basketball.
with the times, the women's teams since the 1970's have
been known as the Flying Dutch.
An athletics mascot, "Dutch" made
its debut in 2006.
The football series between Hope
and Kalamazoo has been known as the "Wooden Shoes Rivalry" since the 1930s. The travelling
trophy is a pair of hand-carved wooden shoes.
of School Colors--Orange and Blue
Dutch roots also led the selection of orange and blue as
the school's colors. Beginning in the 16th century, the
flag of The Netherlands had a field of orange, white and
blue. Red, white and blue became the official colors of
the national flag of the Netherlands in 1937.