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Posted on: June 28, 2019

RPHS gym updates will cover Panther mural

Steven Ohora with panther mural

A project to increase safety in the main gym at Ray-Pec High School will also result in the loss of the large Panther mural.

Wall padding will be added this summer to both ends of the gym to increase safety for athletes, officials, cheerleaders, dancers, and Physical Education students.

If you would like to take a picture of the mural, or take a picture of your students in front of the mural before it is covered, you may stop by between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. on these dates: July 1-3 and July 8-12. Enter through the south commons entrance, and bring your own camera.

A familiar image to many, the large mural depicts a Panther crashing through the wall. It was painted in 2000 by Steven O'Hora of Bates City. At the time, he was employed as a custodian for the Grandview School District. After painting many Bulldogs throughout Grandview schools, he was asked to paint the mural for Ray-Pec. He said it was the first mural for which he was paid outside of his regular job. Over the past 20 years, he has painted many mascots, murals, and gym floors at schools throughout the area, including Lee's Summit, Blue Springs, Pleasant Hill, Clinton, and Holden. He estimates that he has completed more than 200 such commissioned projects.

In addition to installing wall padding, the District plans to repaint the entire gym. The championship banners are also being updated.

(The picture shows Steve O'Hora with the mural in 2000.)

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