CLAYTON — A ‘Rivalry Helmet’ mounted to a jug has been created by the Northmont High School Fine Arts Department to honor the renewal of the football rivalry between Butler and Northmont high schools.
The helmet and jug are painted in both schools colors, one half green, one half purple, and has been dubbed, ‘The Dam Jug’ in reference to the Englewood Dam which is the major landmark dividing the two school districts.
The Rivalry began in the 1960s and in the 1970s Butler became known as “The Team across the Dam.” Butler and Northmont have been in the same league since the 1960s starting with the Southwestern Buckeye League, Miami Central Conference, Greater Miami Valley Conference, and currently, the Greater Western Ohio Conference.
The football rivalry stopped 11 years ago when the GWOC realigned with new divisions schools with Northmont moving into what was once the Central Division. The GWOC has since split into four divisions.
The football teams started playing each other again in 2016 when Northmont defeated Butler. Most of the other sports continued to play during that era and it continues today. The heyday of the rivalry began in the 60s and lasted until the late 2000s.
To renew interest of the rivalry, the winner of last Thursday’s game will receive the ‘Dam Jug,’ which will be housed at the winning team’s school for the year. Thanks to the NHS Fine Arts Department for making the jug possible: Robin Dakin, Chrissy Hall, and Sam Pfeffer.
For the all sports trophy a Rivalry Board will be displayed in both schools where the winner of each sport will be on display. An article will be posted when the board is completed.