The new Centennial Plaza at will be dedicated Tuesday morning. The three-year, PTO-led project cost $176,000 and is intended to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the school, a news release issued Friday states.
"The PTO engaged the entire Clayton community, parents, alums and businesses, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of excellence in education at Clayton High School," stated Dr. Louise Losos, principal of CHS, in the release. "Centennial Plaza has truly enhanced our facility and pulls the entire campus together.”
Charlie Brennan of KMOX 1120 AM will emcee the event starting at 11:30 a.m. The radio host is also a parent to two Clayton students.
The new plaza is in the green space near the school's front entrance and hosts the granite globe sculpture once located beside the front doors.
CHS alumni Laura and Bob Deutsch of HWP Rigging moved the 10-ton sculpture for free on Sept. 17.
CHS began holding classes in 1908 and graduated its first class in 1911, the Clayton History Society's website states.
More about the plaza:
- Co-Presidents Sue Hodapp and Jan Goodman of Clayton's PTO co-chaired the fundraising effort.
- Mitchell and Hugeback Architects performed initial architectural design.
- Centene Corporation served as its Cornerstone Donor.
- More than 200 families purchased engraved bricks to honor students and alumni.
- provided architectural services during construction.
- S. M. Wilson served as construction manager.
- Contegra served as general contractor.
The Staenberg Family
Hugh & Janice Grant
John & Anne Gatewood Family
The Barrack Family
Bond Wolfe Architects
Jan & Dick Goodman
The Hannum Family
Jim & Sue Hodapp
The Klamer Family
The Koman Group
The Rapponotti Family
SM Wilson & Co.
The St. Ivany-Smith Family
The Smith-Katz Family
Sandy, Morgan & Micaela Stoner
The Zimmerman-Root Family
The Townsend Family