Magazine article School Arts

What the Class of '74 Saw!

Magazine article School Arts

What the Class of '74 Saw!

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What the class of '74 saw!

A REUNION CAN REALLY TAKE PEOPLE back in time and refresh dulled memories of days when students walked miles and miles up and down small, drab corridors of connecting cubbyholes of learning. For many of the class of '74, revisiting their alma mater, Mountain Home High School, was a step back into a time machine, for nothing would ever change that old institution of learning. Well, almost nothing. The years since graduation revealed a face-lift in process that none expected. Murals had transformed the old place into a living canvas. Alumni wandered from room to room, hall to hall and with each step, wondered if this truly was their old high school or some strange place in the twilight zone.

They saw a directional sign leading to the multi-purpose room and telephone (what multi-purpose room?). Down one hall, they saw lions and tigers and brown spots (oh, no!). Way, way up, they saw a line of poetry from an unknown author. From Disney to Van Gogh, there was something for every taste.

A mural of the principal covers one-fourth of the wall space in his office. Other paintings can be found in, over, around and at the top of the gymnasium, including all manner of sports activities and the school mascot. There are murals in classrooms, restrooms, the library, counselors office, band room, faculty lounge, custodial room and other rooms quite forgotten.

Just where do the ideas come from? As varied and unique, simple and complex as the individuals involved in their creation and execution, each mural proceeds through a series of steps before the actual painting begins. …

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