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Now You See It, Now You Don't: School Logo Resembled Caltech's

Capo Unified removes the logo from its new online school.

The logo for the Capistrano Unified School District’s new online high school, which bears a striking resemblance to the logo for Caltech, was removed from the virtual school’s website Thursday.

Both logos show two hands holding a torch with the school's name around the border. Both also feature the year the institutions started on the left: California Preparatory Academy in 2011, Caltech in 1891.

A Caltech spokeswoman declined to comment for this story.

Caltech has registered its logo with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The research and education institution describes its protected logo as having:

  • Arms; fingers; hands; human hands, fingers, arm
  • Blow torch; propane torches; torches; welding torch
  • Circles having letters or numerals as a border; circles having punctuation as a border; letters, numerals or punctuation forming or bordering the perimeter of a circle
  • Circles that are totally or partially shaded

The logo was first trademarked in December 1989, according to the patent office.

The Cal Prep logo was designed by Raad Ghantous, an interior designer based out of Dana Point. Capo Unified's board of trustees honored him at a meeting in July for his contribution to the district.

Contacted by phone Thursday, Ghantous declined comment. “I really don’t have the time to talk about it,” he said.

At the July school board meeting, Ghantous said it was his pleasure to design the logo for the district: “You guys do great work. It’s just a small way for us to say thank you very much.”

On Wednesday, Patch contacted district officials for comment. Although CUSD's spokesman did not respond, the logo was removed from the website the next day.

bbq November 06, 2012 at 03:00 AM
F, Since the "state of CUSD schools is great" then what is all the debate about? If it ain't broke, don't fix it, right? No need for more $$$$. Enough said!
bbq November 06, 2012 at 03:04 AM
Shelly, I feel sorry for you. You must drive yourself crazy day and night with one continuous loop slowly chugging through your brain.
shelly November 06, 2012 at 05:10 AM
bbq, You are entitled to repeat your view as you often do and I can repeat mine. Have a wonderful evening.
fact checker November 08, 2012 at 02:38 AM
bbq, You aren't interested in taking our class sizes back to where they were 4 years ago? You aren't interested in restoring furlough days? You aren't interested in restoring classroom supplies and technology? The majority of voters are.
Capo Parent November 09, 2012 at 12:50 AM
I wonder how many mediocre, pathetic or underwhelming things happens in the classrooms of CUSD?

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