Lakes Eagles Logo

The History of Our Lakes Eagles Logo

The original Lakes Community High School logo was created in the months before the school opened in 2004. A committee made up of students, parents, and school personnel chose the design from many submitted by community members.

The original logo is made up of two main elements: the word “Lakes” in royal blue script outlined in red, and the eagle. The typeface used for “Community High School” is Schoolbook Bold.

Between 2004 to 2012, these two elements were used for most branding of Lakes Community High School. The full logo is still represented on the north wall of the main gymnasium as a mural where the eagle is breaking through bricks to land on the “Community High School” text.

Placing this large of a logo on a t-shirt became a challenge even from the day the doors opened in 2004. This led to most t-shirts and small items needing economical branding. Most of these items would get a small “L” with a small version of the eagle landing on the “L,” which is shown below.


In 2013, the gymnasium floor required refinishing, and the single “L” was redesigned to be part of the center court inlay. The logo also was used on magnets and other branded apparel. In 2016, District 117 joined six other schools to form the Northern Lake County Conference. The artwork provided to the NLCC was the original eagle. At the beginning of the 2016-2017 school year, the combination of the gym floor logo and the eagle became the official Lakes Community High School logo for all branding purposes.

                                      GymFloorSmall                              Official Logo

Trademark and Fair Use

Logos are protected by U.S. trademark law, not copyright, and fair use of a trademark is not the same as fair use of copyrighted work. The reasoning behind fair use in either instance, however, is similar, as it protects a fundamental right of free expression. Fair use allows the use of a logo without seeking permission from the trademark owner, but only under certain circumstances.

U.S. trademark law, as set forth in the Lanham Act, provides for a non-owner of a logo registered as a trademark to make fair use or “nominative use” without prior permission from the trademark owner. Logos as trademarks also can be protected by state law and court rulings in common law. The Publishing Law Center explains that, unlike a copyright, the trademark ownership of a logo could potentially last forever. But logos don’t have to be registered as trademarks to be protected under common law. The law allows the owner of a trademarked logo to attempt to prevent any appropriation of the logo for use on competing goods or services or any use that could cause consumer confusion on ownership or endorsement. The rights of the logo owner, however, are not absolute.

The fair use or nominative use of our Lakes Community High School logo is recognized for purposes of description and identification. A newspaper, for instance, may incorporate our school logo in an article about our standardized testing results. Trademark allows an author of a nonfiction work to use our trademarked logo only to describe or identify our school. It might not be considered fair use, for instance, for a book on the general condition of the public education system in Illinois to incorporate only the logo of LCHS on its cover. Actual findings of infringement are left to the courts.

Our internal staff, activity sponsors, and athletic coaches from time to time use our logo for selling merchandise to raise funding for our student programs. This is an excellent example of fair use of our Lakes Community High School logo. 

We ask that anyone using our trademark appropriately use our likeness for positive description and identification, as well as the promotion of student achievement within our schools and communities that we serve.

Below are downloadable versions of the logo elements in several file types and color combinations. Right-click (Windows) or control-click (Mac) to save these files to your computer. 

Note: All versions of the LCHS logo are a trademark of Lakes Community High School and Community High School District 117.

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    Community High School District 117

    1625 Deep Lake Road

    Lake Villa, Illinois 60046

    Phone: 847-395-9001

    Fax: 847-395-7553

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    Antioch Community High School

    1133 Main Street

    Antioch, Illinois 60002

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    Lakes Community High School

    1600 Eagle Way Drive

    Lake Villa, Illinois 60046

    Phone: 847-838-7100

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