Hickory High's first sign in 50 years

Hickory High's first sign in 50 years
Posted on 06/09/2022
new sign

The current building for Hickory High School opened in 1972. 

The final costs approached $6 million by 1976 with the addition of the

gymnasium and the music department. A sign identifying the school was placed roadside.


However, a sign on the main building was never included in that original budget.

So, for 50 years, since the opening of the school, the main building of

Hickory High was nameless. Until now.


Collaborating with a group of community leaders, Charles Young, a retired attorney

who graduated from Hickory High School with the class of 1960,

decided to lead the change to update signage for Hickory High. 


With individual support from Hickory High's class of 1960,

which was the best class ever, according to Young, combined with

additional community funding, a new sign to promote

Hickory High School, with two accompanying Tornadoes (the school logo),

was recently installed on the front of the school.


The total for the new signage was $6500.00 with $5,500.00

donated from the group of community leaders.

The remaining balance was covered by Hickory Public Schools.


The new signage was designed and made by Sign Systems, Inc,

with input from owners, Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Hines and their sons,

C.J. Hines and Tucker Hines, who are both graduates of Hickory High.


"We are tremendously pleased and deeply grateful for the gift of this new sign,"

said Hickory High Principal, Rebecca Tuttle.  "To think that for 50 years, since 1972,

our main building has never had a sign, with the exception of simple vinyl signs

that fade and blow away with the first strong gust of wind. 


"The new signage is sturdy and sustainable, has clean lines,

and it's easy to see from a distance. We also love the addition

of the Tornadoes on either side of the letters. From all of us

affiliated with Hickory High School, we extend our appreciation

to Charles Young and the group of 'community leaders'

for their generous contributions, as well as Sign Systems, Inc. 

for completing such a fantastic job!" said Tuttle.




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