Statue could be in stadium by graduation

Posted: April 8, 2013

The Winchester Star

STEPHENS CITY — Sherando High School officials are hopeful that a 7-foot-tall bronze Native American statue will be in place in the school’s Arrowhead Stadium by June.

The plan, which was approved by the Frederick County School Board last week, is for the statue of a Native American riding a rearing horse to be placed inside the fenced area of the stadium. The Warrior — the school’s mascot — will be holding a spear and wearing a ceremonial headdress.

School officials hope to have the statue erected before graduation on June 8, but the actual installation timetable has not been set yet.

The Native American will be fastened to a large boulder, and a light will shine on the statue during events.

A bronze plaque will be attached to the boulder and contain portions of the “Spirit of a Warrior,” which is read each year at graduation. The plaque also will recognize the contributions of the classes of 2012 and 2013, which have adopted the statue as their class projects, and along with the Varsity Club, and raised about $6,500 to pay for it.

At a School Board Building and Grounds Committee meeting last week, Sherando Principal John Nelson said that seniors and athletic teams will be able to touch the statue at graduation and during games for good luck or as a tradition.

— Contact Rebecca Layne at rlayne@winchesterstar.com