It's generally the main initial of the school: McKinley High School will use an M, Lane Tech (Lane Technical College Prep High School) uses an L, etc. Some schools use a monogram consisting of multiple initials (e.g. Georgia Tech -- although the original style used only a T -- and Notre Dame).Has anyone actually said what a varsity letter is actually based on? I mean does the choice of letter depend on the name of the specific school?
Then they use the same letter; it doesn't matter. These aren't coats of arms. Of course the jacket and the letter will be in the school colors, so there's an added level of differentiation.If so, what happens when several schools have the same or similar names?
Yes, it's the same for all sports at the school. Somewhere else on the jacket it will say "FOOTBALL", or show a pair of lacrosse sticks, or whatever.And if it's based on the school's name, does that mean it's the same regardless of the particular sport or team? And if someone is seen with (eg) G for (eg) Georgetown, how does anyone know whether they are a footballer, oarsman, table-tennis player or whatever?