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Notre Dame comes down on Chapman for leprechaun logo

October 18, 2011|By Karl Man | KWCH 12 Eyewitness News

(CHAPMAN, Kan.) — They’ve been the "Fighting Irish" since 1967, but now a Kansas school is in trouble with a nationally known university.

The University of Notre Dame contacted Chapman High after it saw its trademarked leprechaun logo on the Chapman website.

"Well when you get a letter from Notre Dame it gets your attention"

Chapman high principal Kevin Suther says that letter came this past summer.

Recently hired superintendent Lacee Sell adds it was clear Notre Dame was serious.

"They are no longer allowing us to use the fighting leprechaun mascot," adds Sell.

Now it should be noted, Notre Dame is not allowing Chapman to use the actual leprechaun logo. School district officials say they are legally allowed to keep the "Fighting Irish" nickname.

"For anything like stationary and school uniforms as long as its Chapman Fighting Irish, we are still the Fighting Irish", says Suther

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As for students, they may not be thrilled about a new logo but students along with alumni and community members have the power to make history. An open art contest will be held to pick out the design of the new logo.

As for the brand new logo and when it's going to make its first appearance the school says they plan to unveil it in February at a home basketball game.

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