This month, the final touches were put on a long-term building and renovation project at Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe High School.
It started several years ago when ESPLOST IV funds provided the school with a new performance gymnasium, redesigned media center, expanded cafeteria, updated office area and front entrance, new visitor restrooms and concessions, new flooring, a new roof and doors, and fresh paint.
ESPLOST V has provided funds to finish the project – new bleachers, a press box and a new track in the athletic fields area – and finally, the new sign.
If you’ve passed the school recently, you’ve almost certainly seen the 25-foot-tall sign sporting the school’s logo of an Indian Warrior head. Two giant red feathers, measuring 13½ feet from top to bottom, add to the dramatic effect of the sign. A digital LED display mounted to the sign allows the school to easily show announcements and provide information, like the time, for Battlefield Parkway motorists.
The sign, designed by Ray Boaz and Tripp Mullins with Derthick, Henley & Wilkerson Architects, has a concrete masonry unit structural core and is faced with precast pieces to give the appearance of limestone strata in a mountain. The feathers are painted aluminum.
"The new sign," says Catoosa Schools Superintendent Denia Reese, "is a reflection of the tradition and spirit of LFO Warriors past and present. The sign that can be seen from outside is just a small part of the projects that have been completed inside LFO High School and on its athletic fields. As an LFO alumni the sign reminds me that it’s great to be a Lakeview Warrior."