New High School mural infused with history, pride

    From its earliest days as the Hamburg Academy to the current structure on Legion Drive, Hamburg High School has its life and times commemorated in a newly-installed purple panorama. The vinyl mural, which spans one wall in the cafeteria, was four years in the making as a project of Student Government. It was installed during the February mid-winter recess.

    The series of images incorporates photos of the original Hamburg Academy of 1868, the current school as it’s looked at various stages since opening in 1955 and Howe Field. These scenes are overlaid with modern geometrics in shades of purple. There is a top border of Bulldog pawprints.

    mural view  “It shows historical aspects of the school,” said Student Government President Nick Brodfuehrer. “This just shows what Hamburg really is.”

    “It starts at the beginning and goes to the present,” said Lynn Sajdak, Student Government adviser.

    The mural is intended to be a focal point of school pride, added Vice President Ethan Pohlman. It is located in a busy hub of activity and its grand scale catches the eye.

    In deciding the mural’s design, the students enlisted the help of Kathy Praczkajlo, a personal aide at the Middle School who has been organizing the district’s archive room. She helped them sift through many old photos to find just the right ones and gave them a Hamburg history lesson as well.   

    Student Government is an “umbrella organization” for all of the High School’s clubs, classes and organizations. Each year, it carries out one community project and one in-school project. It is also in charge of many school events. Proceeds from these events and the Howe Field concession stand, along with a district contribution, financed the $5,000 mural. It was created and installed by VSP Graphic Group.

    Pictured at top are Student Government officers, from left, with the mural as a backdrop: Aaron Kummer, Olivia Novack, Nick Brodfuehrer, Margaret Hastreiter, Ethan Pohlman and adviser Lynn Sajdak.

    -- March 1, 2018