Canby’s beloved Casey the Cougar has gotten a makeover. Canby High School unveiled a fresh, new redesign for its Cougars logo during a brief event at the Applied Technology Center Thursday afternoon.
Produced by students and staff in the school’s graphic design department, the new logo incorporates several timeless elements unique to Canby into a sleek, modern design.
School officials said the refresh is intended to coincide with the school’s new, $23 million science and general education wing, which is funded by the bond voters approved three years ago and is expected to open this fall.
“With all of the building updates and the new wing being added to the school, we wanted to use this opportunity to refresh our campus with a new logo,” said graphic arts teacher Ian Eilert said.
The modernized Cougar logo was pitched as part of an idea to “brand” the new wing. Once administrators agreed on the look, the design underwent its greatest test: students. Several groups of students, including leadership, graphic design and yearbook staff, all approved the design.
The new design incorporates several classic elements subtly “hidden” in the design, including the three whiskers representing Canby’s three rivers and the mouth and teeth forming a “C” in honor of the community’s name and mascot.
“Thanks to the passage of the 2020 bond, our campus will have a fresh new look and a new logo,” Canby High School Principal Cari Sloan said. “This logo was designed to be unique to Canby and symbolizes our amazing school and community.”
The school last saw a new logo in 2015 when student Dane Archer won a design contest with a life-like, front-facing cougar head that discreetly contains the words “Canby Cougars.”
That logo will live on in the school’s history while the community enjoys the new design, which Eilert believes will stir up excitement and stand the test of time.
To see the progress on the 50,000-square-foot wing that’s under construction at the back of the school near Cougar Stadium, visit the district’s bond information web page.
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