Stephen T. Badin High School alumni across the state may soon have an opportunity to show more of their school spirit while traversing Ohio’s roads.
Ohio Rep. Sara Carruthers, R-Hamilton, submitted a bill last week that would create a specialty license plate for the near-60-year-old high school.
Carruthers said with each license plate issued, the schools would receive around $30 per plate.
“They would get money to go to whatever they wanted it to go to,” she said. “I love our local schools and want to help them any way I can and this was a way for people to show support and give.”
Badin spokesperson Dirk Allen said he’s “sure there are a lot of people from the Badin Family over the years who would be delighted” to represent their alma mater with a specialty license plate.
“Every once in a while we see a high school specialty plate and think, ‘Wouldn’t it be cool to have one for Badin High?’ "
The Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles offers nearly 400 specialty license plates, said Ohio BMV Registrar Charlie Norman.
“A specialty plate is a fun way for Ohioans to be able to showcase their support for their favorite organizations and causes,” he said.
The introduction of House Bill 394 bill follows the passage of a similar bill when the General Assembly approved in 2020 a bill that created specialty plates for Hamilton, Fairfield, and Ross high schools, but Carruthers said there’s still work to be done by the schools to make it a reality.
Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles spokesperson Lindsey Bohrer said the process to create these specialty plates starts with a petition of 150 signatures of people who intend to purchase the new plates. Then a bill must be passed that’s introduced by a state lawmaker.
Bohrer said once the bill passes, and in addition to the signatures, there are additional steps, including a completed affidavit to participate in the Organizational/Collegiate Special License Plate Program and an electronic file of the logo and name.
She also said organizations “must maintain a minimum of 25 license plate sales per year.”
Elder High School in neighboring Hamilton County was approved for a specialty plate last year, and the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles unveiled the new plate this past spring.