I just received an email from Tom Shearer. He was the principal at Mount Tahoma during its move to the new building (and an alumnus – Class of 1975). He is the superintendent of the American International School in Lagos, Nigeria.
I asked him about his thoughts of moving the school’s iconic rock, blasting it, slicing it, etc.
Here’s his response:
Although the rock has a lot of sentimental value to us who graduated from Mt. Tahoma, however as principal it was a constant chore to keep clean and graffiti free. When the new building was under construction, we had worked with the contractor and a parent who was willing to help move it to the new site because of the historical significance. But to coordinate that was difficult. I tried for the entire year the school first opened and had no luck.
Maybe it is time to move on and let history be. It was a unique feature to the old school, but now the students there at the new site can create their own. I trust that the principal will know what is best!