Yesterday, it was discovered that the CHS’s commemorative boulder, which had stood on the school’s campus for decades, had been destroyed.
The boulder had been painted on many times, both as a tradition by graduating classes and possibly as a mean-spirited prank by students of rival schools. It was the latter that supposedly led to the boulder’s ultimate demise.
Coming into popularity in the 1960s, the painting of the “Senior Rock” has been a tradition that has endured at many schools across the United States. Hopefully, a new boulder will be put in its place in time for the class of 2020’s graduation; though that would somewhat diminish the supposed reason behind the rock’s removal.
The school removed the rock: In a press release, the Corvallis School District wrote, “Last spring, Corvallis High School administrators and district facilities staff began planning for the removal of the CHS rock due to an increase in offensive graffiti on the rock, including profane, racist, homophobic, anti-Semitic, and sexist messages. While there are similar issues at Crescent Valley High School, the rock at CVHS will remain, as it is currently within the surveillance camera area.”
A replacement rock is planned: In the same press release, the district also offers, “CHS senior class presidents were scheduled to meet with Principal Matt Boring last week and were expected to propose an additional rock to be installed on the school campus to be used for announcements and messages. The meeting was canceled due to the ordered school closures.
Principal Boring had planned to share the plans to remove the existing rock and explore the idea of placing a rock in a location more easily monitored by staff and camera surveillance. This morning, he met virtually with senior class and ASB presidents, and their leadership advisor. The discussion included the idea of a new rock, one placed in the courtyard outside the cafeteria. This location acknowledges current reality — the rock needs to be in a more secure location–and ties into past tradition — the rock was located in the courtyard at the old CHS.”
Words and Images by Thomas Nguyen