Canby High School unveils bronze cougar statue
With the help of leadership students, band members and cheerleaders on Friday, June 4, Canby High School administrators unveiled the newest addition to the developing senior park area: a large bronze cougar statue.
The 8-foot-6-inch-long, 40-inch-high and 24-inch-wide mascot is displayed on a large concrete pedestal and comes as a tribute to the class of 2021, which has faced an unusual senior year in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Associate Principal Cari Sloan is the one who made it all happen.
"We are excited to honor our students, especially our seniors, with this Cougar statue," Sloan said. "Cougars are known for their strength and adaptability, and our students have embodied the Cougar spirit in this year of COVID."
The senior park area, where the cougar is located, began developing last year, when staff members worked to honor the first senior class affected by the COVID-19 pandemic with the giant senior rock.
"CHS administration came up with the idea of making the area around the senior rock into a senior park to remember this time and as a tribute to our students, especially, to the classes of 2020 and 2021," Principal Greg Dinse said. "This statue can be a showcase for our school and community for years to come."
This year, staff and volunteers added a curb around the rock, a plaque and the statue.
The park, located in front of the high school, adjacent to Birch Street, will be completed in phases over the next few years, according to Sloan. Highlights of the finished project include the rock, the cougar, a "C" walkway around the rock, benches, lighting and vegetation.
The completion of the Cougar project was a collaborative effort. The company All Classics Limited out of Delaware created the cougar and shipped it across the country, and Dave Garber donated the concrete. The high school staff also wanted to thank the city of Canby, Jamie Netter, Daren Monen, Todd Roberts, Jeffery Hart, Nick Erwin, Karla Kramer of Second Nature Landscape Design, Gavin Smith from GHS Engineering and Tony Sloan for their assistance with the project.
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