Sculpture at HRVHS shattered by vandals

The legacy of a dying man to high school athletes was destroyed by criminal mischief last weekend.

The destruction of “Eagle Rock” has prompted the Hood River County School District to offer a cash reward in hopes of catching whoever committed the crime. Principal Steve Fisk said $500 will be given out to anyone with confidential information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the culprit(s).

“So many good folks but a great deal of effort into this and we want to do everything we can to find out who was responsible,” Fisk said.

Sometime on Sunday, the thunderegg donated by the late Jim Darr was smashed. The crystal nodule, valued at $3,500, had been attached to a pedestal crafted from a historic Hood River school bell. It had been installed in early June at the northwestern corner of the football stadium. Gary Fisher, Darr’s step-son, had gotten permission from the school board to set up the natural carving in a small memorial garden. He said the beauty of the large stone was intended to lift the spirits of those who touched it in passing.

“It was going to be the lucky Eagle Rock for sporting events,” Fisher said.

He said the true tragedy of the crime is that it shattered Darr’s last dream. He said the avid rockhound had wanted to share the brilliance of the stone with others. In fact, Fisher said the 61-year-old held onto his fragile health until he learned in early January that the school board had accepted his gift.

“He waited for me to come back from that meeting so that I could tell him the good news about the rock and then he died that same night,” Fisher said. “Jim was so trusting and there is a lot of sentimental value to that rock — this is really a shame.”

Meanwhile, Fisk and co-principal Martha Capovilla, along with vice-principal Brent Emmons, welcome calls at 386-4500 that could help solve the case.

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