It's sitting just inside the gates of Carcieri Field, a 600-pound, 11-foot-tall statue of an Avenger on a rearing horse – the gift of the Class of 2012.
The class recalled by their advisors at graduation last June as being larger than life has left a gift that will ensure they will not soon be forgotten. The metal statue came from Wynn Betts in Colorado. It was sent to Texas to have the Avenger welded in place and then driven across country in a U-Haul. It arrived in January.
"I feel this was the perfect gift for our Class of 2012 to give to the school," said Chris Millman, class treasurer, via email. "By our senior year, we truly embodied the school spirit of true Avengers. It is symbolic for the growth and ability that all students gain at EGHS, not just the most recent graduating class. We give this gift in hopes that it can foster these feelings of school spirit for many future classes."
According to EGHS Athletic Director Chris Cobain, the class officers came to him with the idea last year and he thought it would be a great way to tie together the high school's athletic fields as one complex.
"It makes it our athletic complex, the Avenger complex," he said. There's Carcieri Field and the other fields that may be named in the future but, said Cobain, in total, it is "the home of the Avenger."
The statue will either be set in concrete or mounted – the exact placement is being discussed.
An amendment (added March 29, 2013):
According to class officer Taylor Knoop, the statue cost about $5,600.
"The money was raised through class dues and various fundraisers over our four years. Some examples are our carnation sale freshman year, several car washes, an Ultimate Frisbee tournament, the traditional dodgeball tournament and, of course, prom in our junior year."