Every school needs a mascot. For Hermiston High School that mascot is a Bulldog.

In case people didn’t already know that, the school has added one last detail to the newly renovated Kennison Field Complex in order to make it abundantly clear.

Amidst the bustling homecoming activities taking place at Hermiston during the last week, a different commotion was taking place in the plaza of the Kennison Field Complex; the preparation and installation of a larger-than-life bronze bulldog perched atop a two tier pedestal.

The almost six foot long four foot tall monument, weighing in excess of 400 pounds, is the result of additional private donations and in-kind support pledged around late fall just after the Kennison Field grand opening.

Deputy superintendent Wade Smith said many in the community wanted to see the installation of a monument at the field.

“We had a few people express the need for such a landmark at our new complex,” Smith said.

“Much to our surprise, within a few days anonymous donors and local contractors stepped up to the plate to make it happen.”

The bronze bulldog statue, identical to one commissioned by the U.S. Marine Corps for their Devil Dog Mascot, serves as the finishing touches to the overhauled complex.

“This monument serves as tribute to the community’s efforts,” Smith said. “Without the unwavering financial and donated support we wouldn’t be celebrating this achievement.”

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