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Mural Memories

Paint covered senior artists have been gathering around a wall on the Main Lawn for the past few weeks, working on a beautiful mural to represent this year’s graduating class. But do you ever wonder where the tradition of the CB Senior Wall started? Over dinner one night, my parents complimented the progress that has […]

Paint covered senior artists have been gathering around a wall on the Main Lawn for the past few weeks, working on a beautiful mural to represent this year’s graduating class. But do you ever wonder where the tradition of the CB Senior Wall started?

Over dinner one night, my parents complimented the progress that has happened on the current senior wall which led me to discover that their class, Class of 1992, started this wonderful tradition. 

Today our students put a ton of time and effort into creating a beautiful senior wall, but the first time around there was a lot of trial and error. Kim deGuzman ‘92 described her senior mural as “awful”.

“Considering that it was the inaugural year, it was an endeavor. I don’t know if we really knew what the ‘wall’ was supposed to be about,” my father Ryan deGuzman ‘92  says. “I honestly didn’t think it would still be going on today. If we had known, we would have made it better.” 

Despite this rough start, the senior wall has continued to be a tradition. The seniors this year chose a magnificent design by Grace Larsen-Anderson (‘20) that depicts the “New Horizons” that the seniors will be looking forward to after graduation.

Though it is Grace’s design, many artists collaborate to create it. Savannah Burciaga (‘20), one of the many artists, explains that working with other artists to create one piece is a collaborative process.

“You might be doing something over on one side, but the other side is doing something else. You just have to make sure everyone’s doing it all together and it matches.”

Every senior mural holds special values and sentiment for the students of the graduating class. History teacher and former Senior Class Moderator Mr. Tom English says the mural is a senior tradition that “fosters a sense of unity and sense of pride because, if you are signing it, you are putting up there that this is our class.”

Mr. English was the Senior Class Moderate as the tradition of the senior mural took off and has seen many murals created since. Although Mr. English says he has no favorite senior mural, he admits, “some have been better than others.” 

The tradition of creating a senior wall is on its 28th year at CB and has become a rite of passage for Falcons to sign your name and claim your class. The Class of 2020 looks forward to “New Horizons,” but we also encourage our fellow Falcons to look forward to their future at CB and beyond. 

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