Sequoia High School has been the centerpiece of education in Redwood City since its founding in 1895. Thousands of young people have received a quality education inside its walls, and we certainly hope this will continue for another 100 years.
In an effort to communicate our pride in our alma mater and our support of quality education, the Sequoia High School Alumni Association is raising funds to erect a minimum 3- or 4- foot bronze statue of the great Cherokee scholar, Sequoyah, which will sit on a pedestal. Gifted sculpture, Daniel HorseChief, who designed and created a ststue of Sequoyah for Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahome, has been selected to do the work. The statue will be in a prominent interior location of the school that will lend dignity to its presence.
Creator of the Cherokee writing system known as syllabary, Sequoyah reflects the great history of Sequoia High School, capturing the importance of education and global understanding. He is the perfect symbol of this institution, “Sequoia” being the Latin form of Sequoyah.
The minimum cost will be from $14,000 to $25,000, amount and size depending on funds raised with an option for a larger size if significantly more money is raised, WE are hoping that alumni, local businesses, and corporations will support this worthy project and make a donation to help defray the cost.
[As a Sequoia Alum from the Class of 1960, you likely] appreciate the 118 years that Sequoia has maintained its commitment to education in Redwood City, please join me in making a tax-deductible donation. The Sequoia High School Alumni Association is a 501(c)(3) .nonprofit organization, Tax I.D. 94-967009.
Please make your check or money order payable to Sequoia High School Alumni Association (note Sequoyah statue on the memo line) and mail your payment to Sequoia High School Alumni Association, P.O. Box 2534, Redwood City, CA 94064
From a letter signed by Ken Rolandetti, President, Sequoia High School Alumni Association and John Castro, Sequoyah Statue Project Leader
January 28, 2013