Founder's Day Athletic History
During OBU’s first year of operation, students chose the school colors of green and gold. These colors were selected because of the beautiful wild golden coreopsis which grew on the lush green prairie of the future campus location—Bison Hill. “This little flower had inspired the students.” As far as I can tell, there was no school mascot in the earliest days of athletics. The teams were known as “The Baptists.”
After the 1911-12 school year, OBU ceased operations for three years until the first building on the new campus—Shawnee Hall—was completed.