The Community Press Article on the OH Logo
Debate over ‘OH’ logo continues in Oak Hills
A disagreement over the Oak Hills logo rages on between the Oak Hills Athletic Boosters and the Little Highlanders.
The Boosters requested the Little Highlanders, a youth football and cheerleading organization, stop using the Old English “OH” service mark or legal action may be taken, but the Little Highlanders remain steadfast in their contention the Boosters don’t own the mark and can’t prohibit their use of it.
Jim Frondorf, vice president of the Boosters and a 1976 Oak Hills High School graduate, said the Boosters are on file as the legal owners of the service mark with the Ohio Secretary of State, and believe the “OH” deserves the same protections any business would apply to its logo or trademark.
The Oak Hills Board of Education also passed a resolution in February recognizing the Boosters as the owner of the mark. The vote was 3-2 in favor of the resolution – board members Steve Schinkal and Jeannie Schoonover voting against it. Schinkal suggested tabling the issue to gather more community feedback, but the board proceeded with the vote.
“The Boosters believe that this issue is so important that we are committed to do whatever is necessary to maintain the integrity of the mark,” Frondorf said.
Ed Badinghaus, president of the Little Highlanders and a 1990 Oak Hills graduate, said the more than 400 children who play football and cheerlead for the Little Highlanders organization deserve the right to wear the “OH” logo and be a part of the Oak Hills community.
Restricting who can use the mark only hurts the children, and he said his group is pushing for the school district to take ownership of the service mark.
“The community should own it,” he said. “Not just one organization.”
Frondorf said Badinghaus and the Little Highlanders have positioned themselves as looking out for the interest of children in the district, but the group’s actions have demonstrated otherwise.
Frondorf said the Little Highlanders made several demands of the school district and threatened to oppose the tax levy the district had on the May 2013 ballot. The May levy failed, but the levy request was put to voters again and passed in November 2013.
Oak Hills Superintendent Todd Yohey confirmed, saying in spring 2013 he was shown an anti-levy Facebook page posted by a member of the Little Highlanders football leadership, and that during the May 2013 levy campaign he received more than one phone call from a member of the Little Highlanders football leadership threatening to organize opposition to the levy if he didn’t disband the Oak Hills Youth Athletics program, disband the Oak Hills Athletic Boosters and fire then Oak Hills athletic director Jan Wilking – who has since left Oak Hills and is now athletic director for Wyoming City Schools.
“Based on these actions that I personally experienced, I am not surprised that the Booster club has denied permission to the Little Highlanders on use of their ‘OH’ logo,” Yohey said.
Badinghaus said the anti-Oak Hills levy page posted to Facebook last spring was created by a parent who has children enrolled in parochial school, and not posted by leaders of the Little Highlanders.
“We weren’t a part of it,” he said.
He also denied the Little Highlanders threatened to oppose the district’s May 2013 levy.
“I don’t understand where these claims are coming from,” Badinghaus said. “For the Boosters to make these allegations is ridiculous.”
He said the Little Highlanders raised nearly $500 for the community group formed to support the school district’s November 2013 levy, and made announcements during halftime of its football games during the fall encouraging parents to support the levy.
“We do support the Oak Hills community. Our whole goal is to give the ‘OH’ logo back to the school district where it belongs,” he said. “I believe we’re on the right side of this.”
The Boosters believe they’re on the right side of the issue as well.
Frondorf said they would like to resolve the issue without resorting to legal action, but the Boosters are also committed to ensuring the service mark is used responsibly and represents Oak Hills in a positive manner.
“The school board has publicly resolved to support our efforts to protect the logo and uphold the standards that it represents, and we believe that any organization that claims to be proud of what the logo stands for would respect the wishes of the board, which is, after all, elected by the Oak Hills community,” he said.
“We remain hopeful that reasonable people will step forward and be part of a solution that benefits the entire community.”
OH Logo Update
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Concession Stand Volunteers….
The boosters are looking for parents to work the concession stands for the Division IV basketball tournament. I need workers for the following dates and times. Please let me know if your available to help for a few hours on any of these dates.
Friday, Feb 21 – 5:00 until 10:00
Saturday, Feb 22 -2:00 until 9:30
Tuesday, Feb 25 -5:00 until 9:00
Wednesday, Feb 26 – 5:00 until 9:00
Sat, March 1st – 5:00 until 9:00
Any questions, please feel free to contact Jane Miller at 315-4511.
Thanks for your help in advance.
Enquirer All-City Fall Sports Winners
Congratulations to our Oak Hills Highlanders selected in the Enquirer Fall Honors!
**Boys Golf – Coach of the Year** Aron Strine
Boys Cross Country 3 Highlanders Selected (Andrew Schille, Derek Knabe, Tom Seibert)
Football 6 Highlanders Selected (Demarco Ruffin, Connor Swanger, Chandler Marston, Khiren Beamon, Ryan Wimmer, Montell Brown)
Boys Golf 3 Highlanders Selected (Coach Aron Strine, Sam Meek, Ben Laumann)
Boys Soccer 1 Highlander Selected (Brandon Wuestfel)
Girls Soccer 2 Highlanders Selected (Katie Murray, Sydney Kilgore)
Girls Volleyball 1 Highlander Selected (Kayla Weber)
OH Logo Information
Additional information on the Booster’s attempt to protect and manage our “OH” logo – There is considerable discussion presently in our community concerning our attempts to protect the “OH’. We have heard a lot of misinformation. For example, we have heard that the Boosters have formed their own youth sports group [not true] and are trying to gain exclusive use of the logo [also not true]. So we have decided to include a link to the documents that are at the center of this “controversy”. Feel free to read and form your own opinion on our approach. Also, please know that, to date, more than 10 organizations have willingly decided to join our initiative. Three have not, two of those are the Little Highlander Football and Cheerleaders.
Click here to read the documents pertaining to the “OH” logo.
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