Fear the paw: Most common college logos on Georgia high school football helmets

University athletics departments are beginning to get more protective of their logos. In this story published last week, the Washington Post chronicled schools such as Georgia Southern and Florida State that have gone after high schools using their logos without permission.


Today, we look at Georgia high schools that are using helmets or logos of college teams. This is not an attempt to hunt down trademark violators, as some Georgia schools have agreements with college teams, and many college teams don’t care if high schools borrow from them.


We just thought it would be interesting to see which college logos are the most commonly used in Georgia.


Special thanks to The Helmet Project and the Georgia High School Helmet Project.





Parkview helmetlClemson’s paw: No fewer than 19 Georgia schools use a cat’s paw as the logo on their helmets. Clemson, the Tigers, first used a paw print on its helmet in 1970, according to the Helmet Project, and the shape has changed over the years. Today, Parkview’s helmet (above) most resembles Clemson’s. In fact, it’s the only orange helmet like Clemson’s with a paw print in Georgia. Parkview’s nickname is the Panthers. The others with paw prints are Alcovy (Tigers), Bradwell Institute (Tigers), Camden County (Wildcats), Carver of Columbus (Tigers), Cedar Shoals (Jaguars), Claxton (Tigers), Crisp County (Cougars), Darlington (Tigers), Douglas County (Tigers), Forest Park (Panthers), Greene County (Tigers), Harris County (Tigers), Lakeside of Evans (Panthers), Metter (Tigers), Schley County (Wildcats), Valdosta (Wildcats), Wheeler (Wildcats) and Washington-Wilkes (Tigers).










Westside-Macon helmetlFlorida State’s arrow: There are 12 Georgia schools that use FSU’s arrow design, which the Seminoles adopted in 1976. Vidalia (Indians) and Westside of Macon (Seminoles, left) use almost exact replicas of FSU’s helmet. Those that use the shape (or one very similar) but not the colors are Baldwin (Braves), Charlton County (Indians), Creekside (Seminoles), Cross Keys (Indians), Dodge County (Indians), Jenkins (Warriors), Lumpkin County (Indians), McIntosh (Chiefs), Oconee County (Warriors) and White County (Warriors).


lFurman’s diamond: There are 14 Georgia schools that use Furman’s diamond, although each uses its own school letters. They are Berkmar, Clavary Day, Eastside, Glascock County, Harlem, Jefferson, Lincoln County (left), Macon County, Peach County, Peachtree Ridge, Sandy Creek, Thomasville, Villa Rica and Walton.











Greenbrier helmetlGeorgia’s G: It’s really the Green Bay Packers’ G. Vince Dooley borrowed the G shape from the Packers when he became Georgia’s head coach in 1964. In the case of Griffin and Greenbrier (left), the helmet includes the Packers’ hunter green and gold colors, so we know where those came from. Others using the G shape are Gainesville, Greenville, Groves and Ware County. No Georgia high school has a helmet that matches the University of Georgia’s.


 Osborne helmetlLouisville’s cardinal: Only one school – Osborne – uses Louisville’s cardinal logo, but it’s a match. That’s significant because Louisville, Texas, Florida State, Clemson and Michigan are the only major college teams whose helmets are copied almost exactly by at least one Georgia high school.


stockbridge helmetlMiami’s green and orange: It’s the sign of a good brand when merely the colors – green and orange – are instantly recognizable. No Georgia school uses the Hurricanes’ “U” helmet logo, but Albany, Rutland and Stockbridge (left) use the green and orange color pattern using a different letter.













sequoyah helmetlMichigan’s wings: Michigan has used some version of the winged helmet since 1938. The design first was used by Princeton. Seven Georgia schools use the design on their helmets, and two of them – Sequoyah (Chiefs, left) and Prince Avenue Christian (Wolverines) – use color patterns close to Michigan’s maize and blue. Sequoyah’s colors are black and gold. Others that use the designare Hillgrove (Hawks), Miller Grove (Wolverines), Rockmart (Yellow Jackets), Union Grove (Wolverines) and Woodland of Cartersville (Wildcats).













Kell helmetlTexas’ longhorn: There had never been a Georgia team named after cows until 2003, when Kell opened. Lambert (2009) and Lanier (2010) later lassoed the nickname Longhorns and some flavor of their logo. Only Kell’s helmet (left) is an exact match to Texas’, but the others use the logo in some way.


The NFL has no restrictions on high school teams using its logos. Here is a list of NFL teams and the schools that have borrowed their helmet designs in some fashion.


*Bears: Commerce, Callaway, Forsyth Central
*Chargers: Eagle’s Landing Christian, Northview
*Chiefs: Stephens County
*Cowboys: Grovetown, LaGrange
*Eagles: Brantley County, Collins Hill, Josey

*Falcons: East Laurens, Flowery Branch
*Lions: M.L. King, Westlake
*Packers: Gainesville, Greenville, Greenbrier, Griffin, Groves, Ware County
*Patriots: Northside of Columbus, Westside of Augusta, Wilcox County

*Raiders: East Paulding, Treutlen

*Rams: Clarkston, Grayson
*Redskins: Chattooga, Social Circle






26 comments Add your comment


October 27th, 2010
6:01 am

thirst for first


October 27th, 2010
8:19 am

Interesting………I wonder why the NFL doesn’t have restrictions on logo use?


October 27th, 2010
8:47 am

There are multiple ga high schools (including Walton and Peachtree Ridge) that use their own version of Furman University’s “Diamond F” logo.


October 27th, 2010
9:12 am

I bet the kids that go to the high schools that wear the same colors and logos of an NFL or college team is way more likely to be a fan.


October 27th, 2010
9:27 am

Charlton County also uses the Florida State logo.


October 27th, 2010
10:22 am

I didn’t see Grayson listed….don’t they use the Rams helmet? Also, doesn’t North Gwinnett use the “G” logo on their helmet as well?


October 27th, 2010
10:36 am

Troup has a solid blue helmet now under coach Flowers. Their best team in school history wore the Michigan wings then they went to the Bengals helmet. Now they were a solid blue helmet which Charles Flowers is known for wearing(solid black at Shaw and solid maroon at Dougherty)

GHSF Daily

October 27th, 2010
10:52 am

Thanks for the corrections. We’ve updated them. …

Only reason we didn’t include Furman is because it’s not an exact match, as Furman has the ‘F’ inside the diamond, and also because we compared to Division I-A just because that was simpler.


October 27th, 2010
11:14 am

My old high school, West Hall, is kind of a hybrid. The mascot name is taken from Michigan State, the Spartans, and the colors and helmet logo are seemingly a take-off of the Dallas Cowboys (the helmet logo features a Spartan warrior in the middle of the star).

GHSF Daily

October 27th, 2010
11:25 am

I also just added the Furman diamond and the 13 schools that use it.

Also, someone asked about North Gwinnett – The Bulldogs have NG inside the oval on their helmets, but their uniforms and helmet together probably look the most like UGA than any other school.

All the teams w/ the UGA/Packers G have school names that start with G except Ware County. I might be wrong here, but here’s what I think happened there – Ware County and Waycross merged about 18 years ago. Ware was the Gators, and Waycross was the Bulldogs. Ware kept the name Gators (thus the G), but the G is shaped like the UGA G, perhaps so that UGA and Florida (Ware is near the FLA border) each have some representation. Just a theory.

bulldog dad

October 27th, 2010
11:27 am

North Gwinnett using an interlocking NG on its helmet that is in a different font, not the Georgia/Packers “G”.

High School Fan

October 27th, 2010
12:06 pm

Heritage also uses the Patriot. I also think that Franklin County uses the Lions logo, at least they did a few year ago. I seem to remember Stephens County using the Furman diamond as well.

GHSF Daily

October 27th, 2010
12:19 pm

I’m basing this on the Georgia High School Football Helmet Project, and it does not show Heritage w/ the Patriot or Franklin w/ the Lions logo. But there could be errors, as the Helmet Project relies on schools and fans to notify them of changes.


October 27th, 2010
12:22 pm

Doesn’t Northside Warner Robbins resemble Auburn University?


October 27th, 2010
1:00 pm

Why yes N-WR sure does resemble Auburn. The main differences are they use an ‘N’ (correct me if I’m wrong) on their helmet where the AU would be and they wear blue pants. But the striping on the helmet and jerseys are very similar. Comes from having former AU QB Patrick Nix’s father, Conrad, as the coach for so many years to my understanding (once again correct me if I’m wrong).

Former patriot

October 27th, 2010
1:46 pm

Berkmar now uses the “Furman Diamond” on its helmet, except with a “B” on it. It used to use the current New England Patriots logo on the helmet and I believe have gone back to using the old school Patriot logo (the man in a three-point stance) as well.

Former patriot

October 27th, 2010
1:50 pm

I stand corrected, just looked at the Helmet Project site and apparently they now have the kneeling patriot on their helmets. They need to pick a logo and stick with it. As a Georgia Southern grad though, I’m glad they no longer bare the Furman diamond!

Trey Meeks

October 27th, 2010
2:34 pm

Truetlen is the Vikings…not the Raiders.


October 27th, 2010
3:13 pm

North Gwinnetts jerseys closely resemble Missouris jerseys but just red and black. Even the helmets, but instead of having the tiger they have NG.


October 27th, 2010
4:03 pm

Add Crisp County High (Cougars) to the teams with a paw design. The paw was used for years before the previous coach, Tommy Walburn, changed the Chicago Bears-like “C”. The hiring of new Coach Sean Pender this year was accompanied with the much appreciated return of the paw to the side of the helmet. The GA HS Helmet Project website hasn’t updated this yet.


October 27th, 2010
5:58 pm

Just a “BIT” of trivia and correct me if I am wrong but is HARRISON HIGH in Cobb not the ONLY GEORGIA high school and maybe THE ONLY high school that uses the HOYAS logo and comparison. I think that tolod us that when EAST played them a few years ago, seems it was a point of pride for the school.

Alumni Trojan

October 27th, 2010
6:57 pm

Doesn’t (or didn’t) Fitzgerald have the Furman diamond as well?
Here’s a pic from 1990:


GHSF Daily

October 27th, 2010
11:29 pm

“Truetlen is the Vikings…not the Raiders.”

Yes, but they have a viking inside the Raiders’ design. …

GHSF Daily

October 27th, 2010
11:34 pm

I made the edits to fix Crisp County and Berkmar. …

Also, Fitzgerald’s helmet looks a lot like Georgia Southern’s – the white numbers on the side, except Fitz is purple.

GHSF Daily

October 28th, 2010
9:44 am

I’m told now that Salem no longer uses FSU’s helmet. … I’ve learned from this that high school teams change their helmet design quite a bit, at least some do.

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