Student mural brightens up Old Rochester Regional High School

Sep 13, 2018

O is for Mattapoisett. R is for Marion. R is for Rochester.

That all makes sense if you are standing in the lobby at Old Rochester Regional High School looking at a new student mural.

Developed by four ORR students at the end of the last school year and painted by the students over the summer, the “Welcome to ORR” mural fills each letter with an iconic image from one of the three towns that make up the district. Ned’s Point Lighthouse adorns the O, sailboats fill one R, Eastover Farm fills the other.

Proud art teacher Kate Butler explained that the idea for a mural was sparked by a field trip some teachers took to Falmouth High School, where they saw walls painted with “beautiful artwork.”

Back at Old Rochester, Butler and others put out the call for students with an interest in similarly brightening their school’s walls.

Kaitlyn Kelley of Rochester, Grayson Lorde or Mattapoisett, and Marc Bourgeois and Sofia Sudofsky of Marion answered the call.

Working together last spring during Bulldog Block – a longer school-day period designed to provide time for special-interest projects -- the four collaboratively developed their concept for, in Butler’s words, “a mural that represented the tri-town.” Sketches followed, and the students spent part of their summer vacation in school on their own time doing the painting.