It was a celebration of all things London athletics, from the students, school staff and the many community supporters.

On Friday morning, reviving a years-old tradition, London High School Junior Varsity cheerleaders painted at the intersection of Main and High Streets a large bright red “L” for London High School.

Stephanie Schooley, London Elementary teacher and vice president of the London High School Athletic Boosters, was excited about reviving the tradition while she and the students waited just before 9 a.m. to carry the large wooden “L” frame from the sidewalk to the middle of the intersection.

“This is really great, and something for school spirit and community spirit in London,” she said.

She said the London High School Athletic Boosters were also leading the effort to paint another large “L” in front of the school complex.

London Mayor Patrick Closser said that to the best of his knowledge, it has been “the late 1990s” since the tradition of students painting the “L” at the main downtown intersection has been carried out.

“It had been a long-standing tradition for a number of years,” Closser said. He said there had been talk about reviving the tradition on social media so he talked with London Superintendent Dr. Lou Kramer about teaming up with the schools and “We said, let’s do it.”

Schooley said that cross country coach Zach Freer built the frame the students used to spraypaint the large “L” at the intersection and the school. She said that the Athletic Boosters are also planning as a fund-raiser to paint smaller versions of the “Big Red L” in the driveways of homes in the community.

Junior Varsity cheerleaders taking part in the painting were Jayda Cunningham, Hannah Jones, Kylee Long, Denea Doyle, Chloe Fender and Laney Fisher, along with coach Abby Fisher.

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London High School Junior Varsity Cheerleading Squad members are pictured with the “Big L” London High School emblem after they painted the letter in the center of Main and High Streets Friday morning. Pictured are cheerleaders Chloe Fender, Jayda Cunningham, Denae Doyle, Kylee Long, Hannah Jones, Laney Fisher, Vice President of the London High School Athletic Boosters Stephanie Schooley, cheerleading coach Abby Fisher and Mayor Pat Closser.
https://www.madison-press.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2017/10/web1_Big-L-1.jpgLondon High School Junior Varsity Cheerleading Squad members are pictured with the “Big L” London High School emblem after they painted the letter in the center of Main and High Streets Friday morning. Pictured are cheerleaders Chloe Fender, Jayda Cunningham, Denae Doyle, Kylee Long, Hannah Jones, Laney Fisher, Vice President of the London High School Athletic Boosters Stephanie Schooley, cheerleading coach Abby Fisher and Mayor Pat Closser.

London High School junior varsity cheerleaders spray the large “L” emblem at the intersection of Main and High Streets in downtown London Friday morning as part of the district’s celebration of school athletics and spirit. The painting of the “L” revives a long-standing tradition in the London School District.
https://www.madison-press.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2017/10/web1_Big-L-2.jpgLondon High School junior varsity cheerleaders spray the large “L” emblem at the intersection of Main and High Streets in downtown London Friday morning as part of the district’s celebration of school athletics and spirit. The painting of the “L” revives a long-standing tradition in the London School District.

London Mayor Patrick Closser, at right, positions the frame for the large “L” London High School emblem Friday morning that was painted at the intersection of Main and High Streets Friday morning by members of the London High School junior varsity cheerleaders.
https://www.madison-press.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2017/10/web1_Big-L-prep.jpgLondon Mayor Patrick Closser, at right, positions the frame for the large “L” London High School emblem Friday morning that was painted at the intersection of Main and High Streets Friday morning by members of the London High School junior varsity cheerleaders.

By Gary Brock

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