Brad Choat (Twitter: @choatsnews)

GRANITE CITY, Ill. (KMOX) – The Metro-East steel town of Granite City had a big enough population to support two high schools from 1973 through 1983.

On Sunday afternoon, the alumni of the short-lived Granite High School North will be unveiling a bronze statue of their team’s mascot – a steelworker – at the GCHS football field.

Tami Finch served as treasurer of the committee that raised $21,000 for the project, in a variety of ways, “Chicken & beer dances, trivia nights, poker runs, barbecues, selling t-shirts and stickers at events.”

She says it’s been a fun process, “It started four years ago with the Class of 1982 getting together for a reunion and worrying that the high school they attended would be forgotten.”

A Class of 1980 member herself, Finch says the committee worked with a Utah sculptor to create the bronze Steeler.

The statue unveiling is set for 1 pm Sunday at the Granite High football field, with a party afterwards at the Granite City Elks Lodge property.

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