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For Baton Rouge High, we raise our cry…

“… for the school we all adore ….”

So I hear that most people didn’t have a grand time in high school. Most people didn’t like their classmates from high school. Most people don’t say, “wow, I can’t wait to go to my high school reunion and see my old school!” But those people didn’t go to Baton Rouge High.

It was the magnet school for arty kids. No football team, no cheerleaders, but we had a great jazz band, radio station and musical theater- also a great debate team, mu alpha theta, beta club and chess team. For electives you could take Logic, Philosophy, or Yoga- and this was before yoga was hip. Just think, an entire school with nothing but kind of nerdy arty kids- it was great!

So this year they finished renovations on our dear old school and they added a TON. It is gorgeous. It is state of the art. They’ve added a tv station as well as upgrading their radio station. They have black box theater room(s) and practice rooms and a recording studio and an out door amphitheater. It was $58million and it shows. I actually have mixed feelings about this as it was the taxpayer’s $58 million and there is some dire need for charity hospital. But it’s done now, and so I will celebrate the gorgeousness of the school.

But I digress. This past weekend they had a grand opening and fund raising gala. They had asked artists to donate their time and talent by painting fiberglass bulldogs (mascot) to be auctioned off at the gala and so I volunteered. I made my bulldog jazz band themed as I played jazz in high school and it had a huge impact on me- I even ended up with a BA in music! I adored our band directors as they were invested in teaching us not only about music, but about life. They were tremendous people.

So for my jazz band bulldog, I painted instruments from various angles wrapping around the bulldog and then down one leg I painted the three BRHS band directors: Lee Fortier, John Gerbrecht, and Bobby Campo. Here are photos:

It’s all done in acrylic and took a lot longer than I originally anticipated it would. But it was fun and good to paint with real paint – I do so much digital these days!

This past weekend I flew down to Louisiana and toured the school and went to the gala (and my 20 year high school reunion!). At the gala I found two things:

1. My bulldog! On display and ready to be live-auctioned off!

 

and 2: Mr. Gerbrecht in the flesh!

He is such a great person. And I am SO glad that his family won the auction! I couldn’t be happier knowing it’s going to such a wonderful family and that it will mean a great deal to them personally. Yay for dear old Baton Rouge High!

 

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4 responses to “For Baton Rouge High, we raise our cry…

  1. Mr. Gray

    Fun! What do people do at class reunions?

  2. Tracy ⋅

    I found this when searching for bulldog icons and I just LOVE this bulldog! I wish I could pay you to make me one like it, minus the band teacher pictures (no offense to them of course, I just don’t know them personally… lol). The face is just too adorable.

    • Thanks very much Tracy! The fiberglass base form was actually provided by the alumni association, so I’m not sure where they got it or how you’d get one. It was a great deal of fun painting on it though!

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