Items available for purchase include a gym-floor replica for $25, a Dome brick for $50 or a bleacher bench for $100. A small plate attached to each brick is inscribed with the words, “Cleveland High School Dome 1966-2014 ‘Fierce Raider Pride.’”
Principal Autumn O’Bryan explained the potential profits could reach $20,000. The funds will be used to purchase equipment for the new Raider gymnasium.
Items outside of the memorabilia sales have also been sold in preparation for the needed purchases once the new gymnasium is constructed. These items include a large chunk of the blue bleachers installed in the 1990s, and their handrails.
“We are trying really hard to be good stewards of money. We also don’t want to build a really nice facility and then not put things in there that match the facility the city gave us,” O’Bryan said. “We want to make sure it is a nice place, it’s a beacon for our community and that it is something our community [has pride in].”
She stressed there are only a limited supply of the bricks (300) and bleachers (50). Sales have already been made, so the numbers have since dwindled. The number of replicas to be sold is still flexible.
Bricks, bleachers and gym floor replicas have already been
purchased as gifts and for the sake of nostalgia.
Alumni were emailed the information before it hit the general public. Former Cleveland High students interested in being on the mailing list can sign up at chsraiders.com. Those listed will receive quarterly updates.
O’Bryan said a lot of people like the idea of having a piece of the Dome.
“It is a neat nostalgic piece. They are actually kind of cool,” she said. “We had someone buy [a bleacher bench] to place by their pool. It would be a good piece for a child’s room or a classroom.”
Those interested in purchasing a piece of the Raider Dome can either go to chsraiders.com and print a copy of the mail-in form or email Eric Phillips at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All purchases will go through the Raider Nation Foundation. O’Bryan explained the organization is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit formed through the Bradley Cleveland Public Education Foundation. It was organized to provide a safe, comfortable way for the community to donate to Cleveland High.
This means donation checks in the future can be made out to the RNF nonprofit, instead of directly to Cleveland High.
O’Bryan explained the foundation will solicit and receive funds for everything from athletics to science clubs to band.
“It is not just for athletics. There are a group of bandies in the town who love the band, and who will always love the band,” she said. “There is a group of theater kids. There is a group of choir kids. There is a group of science kids. There are kids, or rather adults, all over town who really bought in to what they were doing.”
The sale of the Dome memorabilia is the first large project to be handled by the foundation.