Designing the Country Day Crest

The following is taken from a letter dated October 4, 1984, written by founding Headmaster Peter A. Schwartz, to Edmund Schenecker ’79, Alumni Council President, 1983-1985.

“… In 1962-63 we were all pretty much concerned with raising money, building buildings, hiring teachers, finding furniture, buying books, and worrying about books to build a library. Some things were left to the Headmaster. The school crest was one such matter. I gave it a lot of thought. We were starting a traditional school in a place that had never had one. We were only eighteen years away from World War II, were in the jet age and just beginning the space age. We wanted to preserve the sound principles upon which our country was founded, and the educational principles that made us great and had enabled us to forge ahead in transport, electronics, and space. Furthermore, we were living at a time when all sorts of educational experimentation was taking place. Without going overboard, our school was going to at least recognize all of these things. What sort of a crest could we dream up that would express both our principles and our recognition of the sign of the times?

I ruled out traditional symbols and instead looked for a symbol of jet age and a symbol of traditional learning. The result was the jet wing breaking the traditional ruler. This left us with the traditional destroyed by the modern technology symbol. I decided that could be handled by the Latin motto “Humanitas per disciplinam.” Humanitas means human nature, mankind, kindness, compassion, courtesy, culture refinement, civilization – the things a traditional school tries to implant in its students’ way of life. FWCDS was to be a traditional school that was going to use untraditional methods to achieve traditional ends.

Our first art teacher, Mrs. Arthur T. (Jane) Clemen and mother of Chuck ’67 put the ideas into graphic form. Jane did a pretty good job with the ideas I gave her and came up with something highly distinctive, dynamic and moving. There’s no confusing FWCDS’ crest with anyone else’s.

The graphic form was presented to the Board of Trustees and the founding parents for approval. The art and motto were accepted and became official. I think the original ideas represent a unique event in the history of education, in a unique time, and in a unique place; and I hope that what they represent would not be lost to undue acceptance of traditionalism …”
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Fort Worth Country Day (FWCD) is a K-12 private, independent, coeducational, nondenominational college-preparatory school located on approximately 100 acres in Fort Worth, Texas. The mission of Fort Worth Country Day School is to foster the intellectual, physical, emotional, and ethical development of capable students through an academically rigorous college preparatory program that integrates the arts and athletics.