PHS re­ceives wood-carved do­na­tion from alum­nus

Porterville Recorder - - FRONT PAGE - By THE RECORDER recorder@porter­villere­corder.com

Porter­ville High School was re­cently given a gift that will likely be­come an icon on the cam­pus for years to come.

Jeff Jones, a Porter­ville Union High School Class of 1967 grad­u­ate, spent the last few years de­sign­ing, en­gi­neer­ing and cre­at­ing a beau­ti­ful hand-carved ma­hogany pan­ther for his up­com­ing 50th class re­union. Af­ter the re­union, Jones has de­cided to do­nate the statue to the school.

“I have been a wood carver my whole life, and carv­ing a statue like this for the school is some­thing that has al­ways been on my bucket list. The 50th class re­union seemed like the right time to make it a re­al­ity,” said Jones.

Weigh­ing over 400 pounds, the statue is carved from ma­hogany and sits on a fiber­glass shell sup­ported by a steel frame. Jones did all of the work him­self, which was doc­u­mented by his wife and high school sweet­heart, Jackie (PHS Class of 1969). She has also do­nated all of the photo doc­u­men­ta­tion to the school so that the work that went into the cre­ation can be shared as well.

Af­ter the Class of ’67 re­union break­fast in the Pan­ther Den, the statue will be put on per­ma­nent dis­play in the Li­brary Me­dia Cen­ter.

Jeff Jones went to Du­cor School be­fore grad­u­at­ing from Porter­ville Union High School. He then went on to Porter­ville Col­lege, and grad­u­ated from Cal­i­for­nia State Univer­sity, Fresno with a de­gree in me­chan­i­cal en­gi­neer­ing in 1972.

He is cur­rently the se­nior vice-pres­i­dent of E & B Nat­u­ral Re­sources. He has worked in the Kern County Oil In­dus­try for his en­tire ca­reer, and has been rec­og­nized as a Dis­tin­guished Lec­turer as well as the Pro­duc­tion En­gi­neer of the Year by the So­ci­ety of Petroleum En­gi­neers.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

Porter­ville Union High School Class of 1967 grad­u­ate Jeff Jones stands next to the hand-carved wooden pan­ther that he made and do­nated to Porter­ville High School.

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