About the Colgate Thirteen
A Colgate institution- the “13” celebrates a long history of musical performance and many rich traditions.
Each year, The Colgate Thirteen logs thousands of miles. Traveling over eight weekends and a
three-week extended tour in January, better known as Jantour, we’re used to the road. To stay
comfortable, all thirteen singers ride together in our vehicle, lovingly known as “The Grunt”.
A tradition over 25 years old, a custom designed and built Ford F-550 became the newest Grunt in 2012.
Our Key & Shield
The Key and The Shield are recognized as the symbols of The Colgate Thirteen. Originally, The Shield
was worn on the pocket of every Thirteener’s blazer. Even today, you may find some members in the
crescent sporting the timeless Shield on their lapel.
Both the Key and the Shield have been with the
group from its founding — finding their images on the covers of multiple albums and anything “13”.
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The fulfillment of long-standing dreams, “Thirteen House” at 13 College Street in Hamilton opened its
doors June 1, 2002. The house operates as a B&B for Colgate Thirteen alumni (“Crusties”), their families,
and the parents of current undergraduate members of the group.
It is a long overdue, classy home-away-from-home for Thirteener’s returning to Colgate with their families
and “crescentmates” for
singing, spending time with the undergraduate group, and generally enjoying the quiet enrichment of
the Hamilton and Colgate communities.
Purchased in 2000 by Robert “Boz” '85 and Jeanne Austrian, the
house has been entirely reconstructed and expanded from the ground up, today featuring 5 bedrooms,
laundry, family-style kitchen, great room and 3,500 square-feet of living space designed specifically for
Colgate Thirteen alumni and our memorabilia.
learn more about Thirteen House