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25 years ago: Local graphic artist wins logo competition for USD 497

August 13, 2011

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Aug. 13, 1986:

  • Kurt Krause, a recent Kansas University fine arts graduate who was working as a graphic artist for Volume Shoe Corp. in Topeka, had won the competition in the Lawrence school district’s search for a new, unifying logo. The logo included the image of a teacher holding a book and two students sitting on each side inside an outline that suggested a school building. The logo, while standardizing the schools in the district, would not “replace each school’s mascot or school colors,” said Katharine Weickert, new communications coordinator for the district. “For instance, Lawrence High will still have the chesty lion, Central Junior High will still have the mustang and so on.” The board approved the new logo on a 4-1 vote, with board member Mary Lou Wright voting “no” to express her dislike for the design, which she said looked too much like the Burger King logo.
  • Quaker Oats Co., 727 N. Iowa, had made a $7,500 contribution to Youth Sports Inc., a private non-profit organization, to fund a soccer field at a planned 55-acre youth sports complex southwest of Lawrence. Although actual work on the facility had started in the first week of July with some grading work done by a local company, YSI was planning a ceremonial ground-breaking during the coming week.

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