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First, thank you for your valuable time. I am currently writing a fiction novel about a girl named Fae who is half human and half fairy. Without going into large amounts of detail that are not pertinent to the question, my problem is as follows. I have chosen a real locale for my characters to live and the majority of the story to be told. I am using real street names and geographical landmarks. This I don't think is an issue. However, I would like to use one of the local high schools as a setting, as many of my main characters are high school age, and a decent portion of the story will take place in said high school. Is it possible to write or email the principal of said school, or the local school board, in order to obtain permission to use the schools name in my story? I only wish to use the Schools name, and maybe its team name or mascot. I do not plan to use real names, exact addresses, phone numbers, or any detailed information about the school itself, or any faculty or students. In theory , I will be using the name, but everything else would be a creation of my own. Is this a liability or illegal? If I contact the principal or school board and receive permission to use the name, does that remove the liability? Any advice would be helpful. Thank you again.

Using the real name of a school is a liability. They have patented their name and mascot.

IF you can get permission in writing, it is legal with their permission.

But you won't get their permission.

Schools are owned by the city's school district and complicated.

It would also put students in danger to perverts and psychopaths.

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