August 30, 2019
By Mya Banks, Cypress Springs HS
Aug. 30, 2019—Proudly standing watch in front Cypress Springs High School, Legacy was officially dedicated Aug. 19 as the school’s newest students were introduced to the campus.
The panther statue came to the campus in November and was named Legacy following a vote by the student body. The project is complete, with a stand made of marble featuring names of those who donated to make the statue possible for CFISD’s sixth comprehensive high school, which opened in 1997.
Incoming freshman students who attended Cypress Springs’ annual “Fish Camp” on Aug. 19 joined fellow Panthers, parents, campus staff and community members at the dedication ceremony. Dr. Cheryl Henry, Cypress Springs principal, spoke at the ceremony, telling its history in becoming a reality at the campus and thanking those who helped make it possible.
“People associate Legacy with me but there was a student in the class of 2015 who started talking about his legacy with me,” Henry said. “It’s something that will always connect students.”
Cypress Springs is the latest CFISD high school to feature a statue at its campus. Others are Cy-Fair (Bobcat), Cypress Creek (Cougar), Cypress Falls (Eagle), Cypress Ridge (Ram), Cypress Ranch (Mustang), Cypress Woods (Wildcat), Jersey Village (Falcon) and Langham Creek (Lobo). Most are outside in front of the school like Legacy, while statues at Cypress Ridge and Cypress Ranch are in the front lobbies.
Cypress Springs supporters and donors partnered with statuary Schlitzberger & Daughters Monument Co. to make the idea into a life-sized Panther statue. The base features squares where donors can add their names or inscriptions.
“It’s going to stand here forever,” said physics teacher Frank Gill. “It allows people…to come and add their legacy. I’ve been here since the school opened and I wanted to leave my name behind–my mark–and say thanks to the people closest to me. I think it gives people an opportunity to express themselves in the future also.”
Added senior Robinson Rodriques: “Legacy adds foundation and surface to the school, allowing students to grow as a family and not just a system.”