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You Guessed It!

Answer to February's mystery photo is the WHS Gladiator


Last updated 2/16/2021 at 3:16pm

G. Connor Salter

Congratulations to these astute readers. They correctly identified the subject in our new "You Guessed It!" feature photo in the Feb. 3 issue.

Scott Fraser

Brian Groff of Groff's Automotive

Beverly Spencer

Mary Munoz

Courtesy of Widefield School District 3

Pete Walter and Steve Walker, above, weld the legs of the Gladiator in 1987. Below, students weld together car bumpers for the Gladiator in 1987.

(A few of them knew that the Gladiator's name is "Charlie.")

About the photo

Simply titled "The Gladiator" on the plaque beside it, this 15-foot statue is located at Widefield High School (615 Widefield Drive) and is known to most as "Charlie the Gladiator." According to the plaque, The Gladiator was built by the Metal & Arts Department of the Class of 1987.

Although many students participated in the design and construction (members of a 1986 diving team say they dreamed it up after admiring statues at other schools), Al Rivera has been credited with the final design of Charlie as we know him. Pete Walter and Steve Walker were among the dedicated seniors who worked long hours assembling Charlie.

Look for the next "You Guessed It!" on March 3 and every first Wednesday of the month.


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