DSS gym's new look is page from town's past - Pacer nickname evidenced in harness racing mural
Delta Secondary's east gym got a fresh look over the winter break with a new mural and graphics.
"Definitely, students are proud of it," said principal Terry Ainge.
The mural, done by artist Dean Lauzé, depicts a harness racing scene and is "a bit of a nod to the school's history," he said.
Ainge noted on a blog post about the project that the origin of the school's Pacer name is tied to Ladner's Paterson Park, a former venue for harness racing.
Student council prime minister Megan Trotman, who's also on the senior girls basketball team, got the ball rolling on the project.
She said she loves the new look.
"As a player, I find it makes me more proud of my school, to be a Pacer," she said.
Trotman said she was excited to see the project finished, noting the entire process took about six months.
Lauzé has done murals for a number of other schools in the Lower Mainland.
Senior girls basketball coach Kerrie Trotman said the new look will provide more school spirit.
"It gives pride to the school," she said.
DSS athletic director Shell Thompson said the atmosphere in the gym "will only be enhanced by the artwork here."
Grade 8 student Jackson Goodman said he liked the updated artwork.
"Now, it stands out more," he said.