Students labor to restore High Point Central sign

Community may make contributions
Mar. 11, 2013 @ 01:18 AM

Bo Henley is a proud High Point Central Bison, so it bothers him that his school lacks the most basic form of identity: a sign. He and his friends want to remedy that.
The only way someone unfamiliar with the high school on Ferndale Boulevard could identify the large brick building is a small notation on a blue awning at the back of the school.
A brick structure at the front of the school, on the Ferndale side, for years featured the words “High Point Central High School.” It may even have been build at the same time as the school, in 1926. Bo and his father, A.B. Henley, have found photos of the brick sign in yearbooks from the 1940s. Throughout the years, the sign was vandalized, and eventually school personnel removed the sign portion from the brick structure altogether.
“I had noticed (the absence of a sign) about a month ago, and one day my dad said, ‘I drove by school today ... ’ and I said, ‘Let me guess, there’s no sign,’ ” said Bo, 16, a sophomore.
A.B. Henley is one of the Central supporters lobbying Guilford County Schools to spend money to renovate Central.
The two began brainstorming, and Bo enlisted the help of his friends, sophomore Jack Lewis and junior Alex Hill. The first weekend in March, the three young men and A.B. Henley labored to remove huge roots from a planting area around the brick structure. This past weekend, they pressure-washed the brick and continued to remove roots.
“Some of those roots were as big as my foot, and I wear a size 15,” Bo said.
They’ve ordered new lettering and have gotten estimates for a brick mason to repair the overall structure. The new lettering will be aluminum with a bronze finish, and it will be secured with sturdy screws set in cement.
“Your average Joe with a crowbar won’t be able to come by and take the letters off, now,” Bo said.
Estimates on costs are $1,000 for the purchase and installation of the lettering and $200 for the mason’s work. Each of the students will put in approximately eight hours of labor, Bo said.   
“This is something that needed to be done right now, and it’s a good project for kids to take ownership of their school,” Bo said.
The three students are asking community members for donation, and Bo will speak at a faculty meeting at Central on Tuesday, to ask teachers for contributions. He also will speak to any civic group that may be interested in donating.
Donations may be sent to High Point Community Foundation, and 100 percent of donations will be given to Central Principal Robert Christina to pay for the work. / 888-3601

To contribute: Send checks made to “High Point Community Foundation - High Point Central Sign Project” to High Point Community Foundation, P.O. Box 5166, High Point, NC 27262. Deadline for contributions is April 30.