When Glenbard South High School opened in 1972, a group of seniors ended up being uprooted from their longtime schools and transplanted to spend their final high-school year in a brand-new building—and it was a member of that close-knit group who ended up designing the Raider logo still in use today, the Suburban Life reports.
According to the paper, Glenbard South Class of 1973 alumna Barbara Gable (née Douglas), who was interested in art at the time, created the logo as part of an art teacher’s challenge and painted a mural version that hung for 35 years in the gym; Gable would later have a career in advertising, then marry and move to Pennsylvania where she still lives.
“It’s my claim to fame,” Gable told the paper. “We were the first graduating class of Glenbard South, so everything we did would influence the following years, [and] through the miracle of Facebook, we all stay in touch.”
The logo was adapted from that first graduating class’s rings, the paper said.