WHS Class of 72 donates memorial stone

Members of the Wabash High School Class of 1972 inspect the boulder after it was put in place Monday morning. Photos by Joseph Slacian

By Joseph Slacian

A 50,000-pound granite boulder was delivered Monday morning, July 10, to the Wabash High School.

The boulder will soon be turned into a legacy gift from the WHS Class of 1972 to the Wabash City Schools.

WHS Assistant Principal Jeff Galley said class representatives contacted the school to see about making a donation.

At first, those involved discussed possibly planting a tree. However, school officials had always wanted to set up a type of memorial at the intersection of Alber Street and Harrison Avenue, just northwest of Alumni Field.

Officials began exploring the possibility of locating the memorial there, but because of the weight of the memorial and the various utility lines running through the site, it was deemed impossible to do.

Rather, the memorial will now be located near the Wabash High School gym, just northwest of the circular drive.

To prepare the site for the boulder, a four-foot hole was filled with about 3,500 pounds of gravel to serve as a base, class member Tim Eslava said.

It was on there that the boulder was placed.

West Plains Mining donated the rock to the class, and delivered it to the school on a front-end loader.

Rick Burns will engrave the Apache logo onto the rock. The inscription also will recognize the Wabash High School Class of 1972, as well as West Plains Mining.

“They’ve been tremendous to work with throughout the entire process,” Eslava said.

Burns said the inscription could be completed in a few weeks.

The class is having its 45th reunion on Aug. 18-19, and a dedication ceremony could take place at that time.

Posted on 2017 Jul 11