CARRBORO, N.C. -- Carrboro High School at 201 Rock Haven Road is sporting a new mural, ready the return to in-person classes beginning on Aug. 23.
The mural is a gift from the Carrboro High School Class of 2021, students who had not been in school most of their senior year and for about half of their junior year.
Muralist Loren Pease, in collaboration with Michael Brown, involved students on the conceptualization and painting of the mural, which depicts a purple jaguar and “Welcome to Carrboro High” message. It's located on the outside wall facing the football stadium and athletic fields. If you look carefully, you also will see bees, a nod to Carrboro’s affiliation as a Bee City USA and the school’s commitment to environmental stewardship.
“They wanted something bright, vibrant, and unlike other school murals that are designed to be intimidating to opposing teams,” said Ms. Pease, who also happens to be a bee enthusiast and beekeeper. “The students chose a Carrboro welcoming vibe.”
Completed in July 2021, the $3,000 mural was supported through fundraising efforts, including a $500 grant from the Town of Carrboro and some in-kind donations from Ms. Pease, whose son is a rising sophomore at Carrboro High.
In a letter to the Town Council, parents of the Carrboro High School Class of 2021 wrote:
“Murals tell our community what and who we care about, what historical events need to remain in our hearts, not just for the times we live in but for future generations. We, as a community, we need to tell these children that we see them and acknowledge this trauma and that we recognize that what they are living through in not normal, or fair, nor will it be easy to move on from. A mural will tell them that it is okay to feel sad about what they lost. That acknowledgment is key to their eventual healing.”
Muralist Loren Pease makes final touches on the new mural at Carrboro High School.