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UConn To Morgan: Your Husky Looks A Lot Like Our Husky

Will it be altered or changed? Officials at UConn are in talks with officials in Clinton over the look, color and design of the Morgan Husky, which UConn feels is much too close to its own logo.

 

How many ways can you draw a Husky? That's the question of the day as it appears officials at the University of Connecticut are in talks with school officials in Clinton over the look of the Morgan Husky.

UConn, of course, is also home of the Huskies and Lady Huskies. Both schools also share the same colors: blue and white.

Sources say that someone attending a game at the Morgan School took a photo of the large Husky logo that's painted on the floor of the gymnasium and showed it to UConn officials. Sources also say that this mascot back-and-forth game is not a new one and that Morgan was forced to make some changes to the design of its Husky many years ago.

So how far does the Morgan Husky mascot go back? All you have to do is ask Clinton resident and Morgan alumni Jane Scully Welch, who said "the Husky name was chosen in a student contest in 1953. Andy Bakoledis suggested the name and he won the contest ... I believe he was a freshman at the time."

According to Wikipedia, UConn first started using the Husky as its mascot in 1934.

The university mascot was the Aggies until 1933, when the school changed its name from Connecticut Agricultural College to Connecticut State College. To reflect this change, athletic teams were known as the Statesmen. In December 1934, the Husky was chosen as the mascot. 

The Morgan School has many different versions and looks of Huskies on its walls, gymnasium floors, windows and sports apparel. Some face right, others left, some have an open mouth, others closed.

Students who write for PawPrints, the online newspaper at the school, are looking to spearhead the development of a new logo. To read more about their plans, click here.

So what do you think about all this? Should Morgan be forced to make changes to its existing mascot or choose a new one?

A quick Internet search found many high schools have the same mascot as universities in the same state.

For example, Yale University has a bulldog as their mascot. A quick search discovered five Connecticut high schools with the bulldog as their mascot: Bolton High School, Bulkeley High School in Hartford, Bunnell High School in Stratford, Crosby High School in Waterbury and Lyman Memorial High School in Lebanon. There may be more.

Anyone who has ever driven through the state of Georgia knows that the University of Georgia, "the dawgs," also has a bulldog as their mascot. Another quick search showed four high schools in the state with a bulldog as their school mascot.

Stay tuned to the Clinton Patch as this story develops and more information is obtained on the specifics over the proposed mascot changes/design.

Art Kuever October 16, 2012 at 07:22 PM
Actually this is good timing, a new building for the new Husky Mascot Logo to be unveiled. This could be a great opportunity to get it right and copyright the logo correctly so it does not happen again.
Fran M. October 17, 2012 at 01:24 AM
I don't think the issue is with the mascot itself, it's with the *logo* of the mascot. There are probably several high schools with the mascot name of "Patriots" or "Cowboys" or "Knights", etc., but if their logo very closely resembled a professional team logo, I'm sure that team would object. That said, I don't know if a state university has the same copyright privileges? I tend to agree w/ Art. This might actually be a good time to standardize the Morgan husky logo anyway? Why would our HS have several different versions of the logo? Honestly, the first time I saw the Morgan HS gym logo, I was surprised at how much it looked like UCONN's...
Fran M. October 17, 2012 at 01:26 AM
FWIW, I prefer the blue husky image on the brick facade in photo #4 ;)
Bob Torcello October 18, 2012 at 03:16 PM
Perhaps it should be as the drawing resembles a Samoyed much more than a husky. Uconn's does also but not as much a Morgan's. Long white bib is not a husky. ;)
Bob Torcello October 18, 2012 at 03:17 PM
I thought also the Morgan High Art students might have a contest for best new husky drawing.

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