Leaving a Mark By Sophie Corbett, Carondelet Senior
Sep 01, 2018 11:12AM
Tyler Shaver, on the pool deck with his mural
The College Park High School pool deck has a brand new mural thanks to recent graduate Tyler Shaver. In his four years at College Park, Tyler was extremely involved in both water polo and swimming, so a giant mural seemed a fitting way to give back to the aquatics program. “I was inspired by past projects completed by the CP leadership and sports leadership programs, and I wanted to give something back to the school and aquatics programs that gave so much to me. I came up with the idea to paint an aquatics mural on the gym wall by the pool deck on the second day of my senior year and decided I was going to accomplish this before I graduated,” said Tyler.
The process was not an easy one. After working with a graphic designer, Tyler had to
get approval from the College Park administration, followed by approval from the Mount Diablo Unified School District, which took almost four months. He was then able to secure funding from the College Park Athletics Booster Club for the paint for the project. One of the toughest obstacles was the design had to be projected onto the wall in order to be traced. This included lots of equipment and had to completed in one night. Another hurdle included figuring out how to get high enough to paint the mural since the wall is almost 30 feet tall. Luckily, Tyler received a generous donation of a scissor lift from Cresco Equipment Rental in order to complete the project. The painting of the mural began in early June. After a long process that lasted the entire school year, Tyler’s idea finally came to fruition with the help of the College Park athletic director, a graphic designer, his family, and many volunteers. He is extremely grateful for everyone who made this project possible.
Tyler’s dedication to the College Park aquatics program comes to life in his mural. The water polo player in the mural bears the same number on his cap as Tyler’s, #23. His goal was to give back to the community, and he certainly did that. When asked what the biggest thing he learned from this process was, Tyler said, “I learned project management - specifically how to take a big and seemingly arduous project from an idea to reality. I also learned that when I want to accomplish something I set my mind to, I'll do whatever it takes to get it accomplished.”