International School Basel
Fleischbachstrasse 2 | 4153 Reinach BL | Switzerland | +41 61 715 33 33
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In 2004, Grade 2 student, Alie Fordyce, submitted a “simple yet effective” design for a School Sports logo competition. It was predicted that her winning entry (which ingeniously positioned a symbolic dragon within the letters ISB) would soon be seen around campus at forthcoming sporting events.

However, dragons have a reputation for invisibility and for lying dormant, sometimes for years on end. Regrettably, Alie’s dragon proved no exception! Instead of appearing on athletics shirts and banners as intended, it remained undisturbed and hidden amongst the Sports pages of the ISB Yearbook 2004 – 2005.

Some time later, in what could be deemed a curious coincidence, the Athletics Department began meeting with the Communications Department to create – once and for all - a distinctive logo to identify the school at sporting events. At the same time, the Communications Department, while cataloguing ISB publications, had been thumbing through copies of Yearbooks from previous years. When the Sports pages of the 2004 – 2005 Yearbook were opened, seven-year-old Alie’s competition-winning dragon was at last discovered and awoken from its slumber! The merits of Alie’s dragon were immediately obvious to all. It was therefore decided - with the enthusiastic backing of the Athletics Department and with a little help from the Communications Department - that her design should form the basis of the new Athletics Department logo.

While a student at ISB, Alie was a fine athlete who represented the school in many sporting events down the years. After graduating, she became a student of Princeton, and ran track for the University while pursuing a degree in Ecology and Environmental Health.

About ISB

Situated in a beautiful and dynamic region of Switzerland, ISB is an English-speaking international day school which provides students aged 3-18 with the education, support and inspiration they need to become global citizens.


ISB has many years’ experience supporting students and families from all over the world. We accept students throughout the School year, dependent on availability of space and fulfillment of entry requirements. 


ISB is an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School. Currently studied by over one million students in 148 countries, the IB prepares students with the intellectual, personal, emotional and social skills needed to live, learn and work in a rapidly globalising world.


ISB is situated on three campuses, all easily accessible by public transport.

Student Services

The facilities, technological and personnel support on offer at ISB make a vital contribution to the academic, social and emotional development of all students at the School.

Student Life

Sports, drama, music, art, debate, representation, recreation – at ISB, there are numerous ways for students of all ages to cooperate and compete to improve existing skills or try something new.

Parent Community

Individual parents and parent groups constitute an indispensable part of the vibrant community of ISB. 

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