The CHS “gum tree” – that tree covered in used gum at the bottom of the trail – is a symbol of tradition at this school. The multi-colored tree has its own Facebook page and is known by almost every student. But according to maintenance staff member Marlin Moore, the tree was cut on March 1 due to the weather.
“The weather knocked the tree over, so we just had to cut the rest of it down. It was unrelated to the fact that there was gum all over it,” Moore said.
Assistant principal Douglas Bird, who overlooks building and grounds, said he had no idea that the tree had disappeared until inquired about it.
“I know that the gum tree has been a tradition with students here for a long time, but since it was knocked down, the rest of it had to be taken out, probably for safety reasons,” Bird said. “I know you guys loved your gum tree.”
After finding out about the loss, Bird later added that he has heard from the maintenance staff that some students have already started a new gum tree near the location of the old one. Now the tradition, odd and somewhat unsanitary, will live on in a new home.