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Saturday, September 30, 2023

Century Walk: ‘A Whale of a School’


With the beginning of the school last month, older readers of PN may remember the words to the song “School Days, School Days….” Yes, those were the “Golden Rule Days.”

Century Walk in its 27 years has created Public Art acknowledging several aspects pertaining to our schools. So it is appropriate that we feature in this back to school edition one of our Educational locations – Highlands School on Hillside Ave. and its concrete sculpture. With a head almost 9 feet high and a tail raised 5 feet in the air, it is a testament to the school’s slogan, “A Whale of a School.”

So when you have a chance, get back that old “school spirit” and go and take a look. And if you have any extra time you might also want to check out other sites featuring our education related art: (1) Washington Junior High School with the sculpture of “Officer Friendly” (George Pradel) and (2) Naperville Central High School with the sculpture of Billy Scherer, both local legends, or (3) the “Golden Rule Days” sculptured one-room school house.

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And since the art is free, you won’t have to worry about paying any tuition!

About Century Walk

The Century Walk Corporation, founded in 1996, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing public art to Naperville, to add beauty to the town, build community and bridge generations by paying tribute to over 200 years of Naperville history through a diverse collection of murals, mosaics, sculptures and more.

Learn more about 50-plus pieces of Naperville public art at www.centurywalk.org.

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