- Associated Press - Monday, June 2, 2014

KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) - Ketchikan High School students have voted overwhelmingly in favor of keeping the school’s king salmon logo.

Students voted 295 to 53 Thursday in favor of the current logo, which was designed by artist Ray Troll, the Ketchikan Daily News (https://is.gd/dPKLQD) reported.

A proposed logo to replace the current one was based on Alaska Native art. That logo was designed by freshman Samuel Rasmussen.

The current logo is located on the floor of the school gym, which is being resurfaced this summer.

The logo will be reapplied after the floor is sanded. The floor will then be resurfaced.

The proposal to replace the logo caused a ripple in the community, with high school alumni coming out overwhelmingly in favor of the current design.

Ketchikan Gateway Borough School District Superintendent Robert Boyle said that in an online district poll, 929 votes were in favor of the existing logo and 168 supported the new design.

The topic is likely to come back to the board as a discussion item, according to school board president Michelle O’Brien. She does not expect the board to change the logo.

“The bottom line is that we want to listen to the community,” she said.

The board discussed the matter at a meeting Wednesday. The board took no action. However, board members said they had received extensive feedback from Ketchikan High School graduates who didn’t want the logo to change.

“A lot of people just got all fired up about it,” school board member Dave Timmerman said.


Information from: Ketchikan (Alaska) Daily News, https://www.ketchikandailynews.com

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