At first, putting the logo that sparked “Horn Fever” in the center of Gardner Edgerton High School’s new basketball court seemed like a great idea.
After all, the long-horned bovine silhouette did accompany the Trailblazers to a runner-up finish at state football and a third-place finish at state basketball this year.
But then someone thought to check with officials at the University of Texas — whose own longhorn logo happens to be very similar, albeit orange instead of blue.
Texas didn’t like the idea, so Gardner Edgerton’s new basketball court is now safely emblazoned with the school’s official steer-and-covered-wagon logo instead.
“We don’t have deep enough pockets to mess with the University of Texas,” said Bill Miller, district director of operations.
Since the 1970s, each new head football coach at Gardner Edgerton has picked out an informal logo to put on his team’s helmets, Miller said. Other versions of the school mascot grace T-shirts and spirit apparel.
“Placing a logo on a gym floor is a much more permanent application,” Miller said.
University of Texas officials said Gardner Edgerton’s logo was too much like their trademarked logo and asked the district to use something different, Miller said. The school district agreed to phase out the logo in question in favor of a revised version.
Miller said the high school coaching staff has been working with a graphic artist to develop a “new and improved” logo, set to debut on helmets at this year’s first football game.