LAKE FOREST — A discussion of the Lake Forest High School logo during a community workshop prior to the District 115 Board of Education Nov. 9 meeting has touched off a reaction to potential change among some community members.
The school currently has at least six logos in the school and on various communication materials, according to Communications Director Anne Whipple.
All of the logos currently in use sport the school’s blue and gold colors, and some contain references to the nickname “Scouts.” Four of those contain Native American images of some sort.
District Superintendent Mike Simeck said in a phone call with Daily North Shore on Nov. 12 that consistent branding is important in any organization. But he also said there would be no logo change, and that creating consistency by eliminating some of the older symbols is not near the top of his priority list.
The newest iteration of the logo is the plain LF with no other design within it, which was put into place in 2013 when the district redid its website, according to Simeck.
Questions about the LFHS logo have been circulating at least since the beginning of the 2015-16 school year when fall athletic teams ordered new gear for the season.
Girls’ swimming coach Carolyn Grevers said she received direction not to order Scout gear with Native American imagery in the future.
“I was not notified that the Native American logo was not allowed on our clothing when we ordered it, but was told later in the season to not use it again,” Grevers wrote in an email responding to a Daily North Shore question. “There seems to be quite a few rumors on why it’s not PC.”
Athletic Director Tim Burkhalter said the issue was a more uniform approach and made no reference to purposely removing Native American images.
“It’s about consistency,” Burkhalter said. “We’re trying to gain a consistent logo in all our uses. We still use the circle Scout on our state boards,” he added referring to the symbol on the posters in the Exhibition Gym put up each time a state championship is won.
Jennifer Neubauer, a Lake Forest resident and founder of Lake Forest Schools Watch group, wrote about the BOE’s community workshop in a Letter to the Editor on Nov. 10, in which she said the discussion included removing “scouts, spears or arrows” from the logo.
D-115 Communications Director Anne Whipple told Daily North Shore on Nov. 12 that “It was a five-minute informational presentation and no recommendations were made.”