CHAPMAN, Kan. – After a tornado tore through the tiny central Kansas community of Chapman three years ago, destroying more than 50 homes and four school buildings, one of the rallying cries was Fighting Irish.
After all, Chapman High School has a distinct Irish theme – school publications are called The Emerald and The Shamrock, the four-leaf clover is distinct on the school’s website, and there’s even a Fighting Irish library. The fighting leprechaun mascot was put on sign in front of the school.
If this sounds familiar, it should: The University of Notre Dame uses the same mascot and it told Chapman High the similarities were too close for comfort.
In a statement Notre Dame provided to the Chapman School District, the university said, in light of the fact that Chapman High School has used the Fighting Irish’ logo in a limited capacity since as early at 1967, we will agree to allow the school to continue using this logo on items for the school’s internal use, i.e., athletic uniforms, stationery, etc., so long as it is used contiguously with the wording Chapman High School.’ This logo may not be used on any item that may be produced for resale.
The leprechaun mascot got no similar concession.
We regret that we cannot extend permission for Chapman High School to use this trademark, the statement reads.