Thanks to a few hours and efforts of volunteer work, a 1958 legacy “PHS” monument sign, stationed in front of the present day Prescott Sports Arena, has been given a makeover, complete with an extensive wash down and new paint job.

Thanks to a few hours and efforts of volunteer work, a 1958 legacy “PHS” monument sign, stationed in front of the present day Prescott Sports Arena, has been given a makeover, complete with an extensive wash down and new paint job.
Sandy Morman, a principal in the sign’s makeover, said that according to local sources, the original monument sign was made by a known "concrete man,” named Carl White, and with the help of PHS Agriculture students, the monument was placed in front of Prescott High School in 1958.
As the sign approached its 60th anniversary, a chance photo opportunity at the sign brought it to Morman’s attention.
Morman said, “My grandson, Kash Fore, a 2nd grader at PES, attended the preseason Prescott High School pep rally with me and his Pepaw, Mike. As we were leaving he asked to have his picture made on the sign.”
“Once I got my phone out, we had a look at the sign. It was scarred really bad, since last time I had paid attention. Paint peeling. Cracks. And dirt and leaves matted into tops of the letters,” she said.
The revelations about the monument’s condition spurred a renewed interest as well as  action by Morman.
She recalled “My dad was principal as well as a coach at PHS for nearly 30 years and my brother, sister and I all had our pics made on the sign in the 1970s.  My own son, Gabe, and daughter, Abby, have had their pics made on the sign back in the 1990s, and they knew of many group yearbook pics taken and probably 100's of kids, many friends, who'd had their pics made there.”
Morman said she was very interested and concerned in why no one had apparently attention to the ancient structure over all the years, and when she asked questions, “One thing led to another, naturally,” she said.
Marsha Poole contacted Morman about the sign, crediting its known history to Rex Hildebrand, who happened to be a 1958 PHS graduate.
Morman said “Then I got ahold of some old annuals and looked back to 1963. The sign was there then — and looking new.”
Morman and Poole got together over the Thanksgiving break to clean and repaint the sign.
“Marsha and I worked on the sign during Thanksgiving break. It took all of Monday to scrape paint and wash. Tuesday, we filled concrete putty into the letters and holes. Friday, we painted the entire thing, and Saturday, Marsha went and covered up white paint spatters,” Morman said.
Morman added that Dennis Pruitt, the Jr High FB coach, who lives near the school, brought over a power washer to spray clean the structure down.