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Mural of eyes of the tiger graces Blue Ridge press box

By John Clayton, Staff Reporter
Published on Wednesday, August 29, 2012

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Mural of eyes of the tiger graces Blue Ridge press box

John Clayton

No one will be able to blame visitors to the Blue Ridge High football stadium if they get a funny feeling that someone – or something – is watching them.

A new mural on the home-side press box is a closeup of the eyes of a tiger, Blue Ridge’s mascot. The mural was painted on a sheet of aluminum by Chesnee based sign and air-brush artist Robin Caldwell and then attached to the press box.

“We had a mascot painted on the other side of the press box, but when we repainted the press box over the summer, we said we needed something on the other side that the visitors could see,” said Blue Ridge Athletic Director Sherry Windsor. “We needed something that would be intimidating and says, ‘here we are. We’re the Tigers.’”

The mural runs the length of the press box above the windows. Below the windows, are the words, “Home of the Fighting Tigers,” in script.

The new signage was put in place Aug. 24. The Tigers, who are on the road at J.L. Mann Friday, will open its home season Sept. 7 against Chapman.

Windsor said the mural is part of a theme that actually begins inside the school building with several other murals created by Caldwell and even similar nameplates created for teachers’ rooms.

Caldwell owns and operates Robin Caldwell Airbrush & Sign in Chesnee.

The pressbox mural was donated by Blue Ridge High’s Class of 2012.

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