Topeka High School senior and artist Alessandra Chavez has created four T-High themed murals, spanning 16 feet (each panel is 4×7 ft), enriching the mural landscape in Topeka as well as the recently beautified T-High plaza. The Topeka High Western Street Plaza is the area leading to the Western Street entrance and enhancements of this project include a main leading brick pathway, walls that reflect the look of the front entrance veranda, and the addition of more sidewalks and tables which will be used for outdoor classrooms, overflow lunch space and a general third space gathering spot.

Alessandra Chavez - THS Mural

The beautification project and murals were funded by the family of William and Myrtle Huss (THS 1921) Barrett. The nine siblings, all donors for the projects, are also all graduates of Topeka’s oldest high school (and one of the first million dollar school West of the Mississippi). They dedicate their contribution to their parents and their sister, Pauline. The siblings (and their spouses) include:

  • PaulĀ  (’44)
  • William “Bill” J. (’47 and THS Hall of Fame)
  • Tom (’48 and THS Hall of Fame) and wife Marilyn Dunn (’52)
  • Bonnie (’49) and husband Dale (’49) Wilson
  • Donna Barrett Leyden (’51)
  • Jack (’52) and wife Marcella (’52) Ecord
  • John (’53)
  • Richard “Dick” (’56)
  • Carolyn (’61) and husband J. Frank (’61) Keller

Topeka High School and the Topeka High School Historical Society will host a dedication ceremony on Friday, May 11 at 2:30p in the THS Hoehner Auditorium, celebrating the recently completed beautification project. The public is invited.

For more information, contact Joan Barker, THS Historical Society, 295.3200

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