HALL OF FAME
OH Boosters give logo rights to the District
July 29, 2014Oak Hills High School
The Oak Hills Local School District is now the registered owner of the Old English “OH” logo.
The Oak Hills Athletic Boosters transferred the rights to the service mark to the school district during a July 24 reception and meet and greet with Mike Coots, the district’s new athletic director.
Ownership of the logo became a source of contention earlier this year when the Boosters asked the Little Highlanders athletic organization to stop using the logo after the group refused to sign a set of standards for using the logo.
The Boosters developed usage standards to protect the logo upon deeming the logo had been used inappropriately and in a manner which reflected negatively on the school district, and asked organizations within the district who wanted to use the logo to agree to the standards.
Leaders of the Little Highlanders claimed the Boosters didn’t own the rights to the logo and couldn’t enforce a set of standards for it. They insisted the logo should be owned by the school district.
The Oak Hills board of education narrowly approved a resolution in February supporting the Boosters as the owners of the logo, but also asked the Boosters to consider transferring ownership to the district.
Jim Frondorf, a vice president of the Boosters, said the board indicated they would devise their own guidelines for using the logo.
“We liked their approach, and since we exist to serve the district, agreed to transfer ownership as they requested,” he said.
“The Boosters goal was to have standards apply that would protect the ‘OH,’ and now that goal has been met.
“For anyone who hesitated to sign our standards agreement because they felt only the school board had the right to ask, they should no longer have any concerns or worries,” he said.
Jan Hunter, school board president, said the board has reviewed a list of standards for using the logo, but it has yet to vote to adopt them. She said the standards are similar to those developed by the Boosters, and the district will require organizations within Oak Hills who want to use the logo to sign an agreement.
Some of the key usage standards the board is considering include the following:
• Organizations shall not transfer or assign the right to use the “OH” logo to any other entity or person.
• Organizations shall support Oak Hills school board and its schools.
• Organizations shall not make statements or publicly act in a manner which runs contrary to its stated support of the school board and its schools.
• Organizations shall not use the “OH” for commercial reasons.
Hunter said the district’s ownership of the logo is good for the Oak Hills community.
“I think it shows the Boosters have placed their trust in the school district that we can protect the integrity and goodwill of the logo, and the district will honor that trust,” she said.
Frondorf said the Boosters also see it as a win for the community.
“Everyone using the ‘OH’ logo, including the Boosters, will now be held to the same high standards,” he said.
Ed Badinghaus, president of the Little Highlanders, said his organization no longer wants to be involved in the logo debate and he wants to focus on athletics.
“The logo is where it should be,” he said. “The ‘OH’ is supposed to be with the school district and I’m happy about it.”
Hunter said the district will certainly permit the Little Highlanders to use the logo, as long as the group agrees to the standards.