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Forty years later, Glenbard South alum remembers creating school logo

Published: Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013 6:00 a.m. CDT
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Barbara Gable, a member of the Glenbard South High School Class of 1973, holds up the school's Raiders logo, which she created based on an image from the side of the original Glenbard South class ring.

GLEN ELLYN – In 1972, when students from the Glenbard high schools learned that a fourth building would open and some of them would have to leave their friends behind to attend the new school their senior year, they weren’t happy.

But they figured if they were going to be uprooted, they may as well make the best of it, and soon became a close-knit senior class.

“We were the first graduating class of Glenbard South, so everything we did would influence the following years,” said Barbara (Douglas) Gable, a member of the Class of 1973.

Gable can claim to have one of the longest lasting influences as the creator of the Raiders logo that is still in use today.

Using an image of a raider on a horse that appeared on the side of the Glenbard South class ring as inspiration, Gable simplified and modified it to create the logo, painting a large version of the raider that hung for about 35 years in the school’s gym.

Looking to invoke school spirit, the Glenbard South administration had turned to art teacher Frances Langguth for student help in creating the logo.

Although the project started off with about a half dozen students, eventually it dwindled to just one: Gable.

“It’s like my claim to fame,” she said.

Glenbard South Principal Sandra Coughlin said it was amazing to her that the original administration used a student idea that’s now seen everywhere at the school.

“It’s created who we are,” Coughlin said. “Not many schools can say that.”

In high school, Gable tended to lean toward artistic offerings both in classes and clubs, taking photography and drawing her senior year, working backstage for theater productions and creating advertisements for the school newspaper, a job she later echoed after graduating college.

Gable worked as the art director for a small advertising firm in Lisle, before getting married and moving to Pennsylvania, where she lives today.

Although she wasn’t able to return to Glen Ellyn for the Class of 1973’s 40th reunion Sept. 27 and 28, she still keeps in touch with many of her classmates online.

“Through the miracle of Facebook, we all stay in touch,” she said.

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