Tonawanda News — In the spring, when you visit the City of Tonawanda Middle/High School, you may be surprised to see a commemorative brick wall next to the building heading to the new Clinton H. Small Stadium.
John White, president of the Tonawanda High School Foundation Board, proposed the brick monument for approval by the Tonawanda Board of Education, and was pleased that the project received enthusiastic authorization.
“The wall will commemorate the past, enhance the present and build, brick by brick, a new future,” White said.
“This has nothing to do with the Clint Small stadium,” White explained. “This is a way for alumni, present students, businesses, former teachers and administrators — anyone with a connection to the school — to be part of an exciting and new project,” White added.
White said the project will be ongoing, most likely not completely finished for three or four years.
Each brick is 4 by 8 inches and the smooth surface will allow for three lines of copy. The cost is $75 and all proceeds will be used to fund financial need scholarships for THS seniors.
The wall itself was designed by architect Dave Kenyon and will be built by a local company to ensure it is done correctly.
“There’s no way volunteers will do this — I’m not a bricklayer,” White laughed.
“This is a huge endeavor,” Deanna O’Brocta, who is co-chairman of the project, said.
“This brick wall will honor many past and present, students, faculty, families and athletes while funding the scholarship program. One of the most recent bricks purchases was for a young lady who played in the THS band. It lists her name, instrument and year she graduated, O’Brocta said.
The two agreed that when the wall is complete, everyone who walks through the area, past the bleachers and makes a left to get into the stadium, will see it.
“With that area and the amount of room available, we could grow it for years,” White said.
Plans to get the word out include contacting alumni, in particular the Golden Warriors, those who have graduated 50 or more years ago, giving out information in the district schools, businesses and to board of education members. A website, www.tonawandabrickwall.com was designed by O’Brocta and Karen Russell.
The website is designed to use a credit card, although orders may be mailed with a check or money order to Deanna O’Brocta, 170 Brookside Terrace West, Tonawanda NY 14150.
“We’ve inviting everyone who had any contact with the school to join in,” White said.
“In the end, it’s the students who win as we give out scholarships — and by the way, a memorial brick would make a great Christmas present,” White added.
For more information or to receive an order blank, call O’Brocta at 694-5220.