“Holding Forth the Word”

“Holding Forth the Word”

Who remembers this? The velour panel was recently found buried in a storage room. It once hung over the stage in Hillcrest Union as seen in the photo from the 1984 choir festival hosted in that space. Now it is newly hung in the Celebration Hall atrium. 

The design was conceived by then art teacher, Grace (Wyse) Lafoon, F’ 61-68 and was accompanied by the tagline “Holding Forth the Word.” Although the tagline continued to be what the school all about, the Operating Board commissioned then Bible and photography teacher, Merrill Miller ’78, F ’84-89 to come up with a new logo that followed that same theme. The logo that Miller came up with in the fall of 1986 reflected his dedication to careful, artistic design and to the key purpose of the original tagline. Merrill retained the open book image and added a unique flame incorporating the image of a dove. He mentioned in his notes that God was often present in the Bible through fire and a dove can represent the Holy Spirit. The new “Holding Forth the Word” logo continued to be used in its original form as the school’s identifier for another 10 years. Miller updated the logo slightly for the 50 year anniversary celebration in 1995.

Later the original tagline would be dropped for the newly adopted “Igniting Mind and Spirit” tagline from the Exceptional Endeavour capital campaign of the early 2000s. That fresh, updated design was used until the 2019-20 school year when the school completely rebranded as Hillcrest Academy. The school’s new name came with a new logo and a new tagline: “Academics that Inspire. Faith that Leads.”