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Big Pines Toppled at CVHS
Wednesday, 02 January 2013 12:56
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Fifty-year-old pine trees and a cement pathway were removed from the CVHS campus during the winter break last week after the trees’ roots created an unsafe walking environment for students and staff.

By Robert Souza

CASTRO VALLEY FORUM

 


If a tree falls in Castro Valley, you’re sure to hear about it one way or another, especially if the trees in question are the towering pines on the Castro Valley High School campus that date back more than 50 years.

The school district decided it would have to have the stately trees cut down because encroaching roots were cracking and lifting sections of concrete sidewalks and pathways as much as four inches in spots.

“We wanted to save the trees, but they had to be removed for safety reasons,” said School Superintendent Jim Negri, who explained that some of the roots would have eventually created problems for some of the school buildings’ foundations.

Negri said concrete pathways will be reinstalled and that students in the CVHS Leadership organization will replant trees and make other landscaping improvements under the direction of the school’s activities director, Nick Whitaker.

Bob Wiseman, who attended CVHS during its opening year half a century ago, said the campus was a “clean slate” when the first classes arrived in 1956, so the pines must have been planted a short time later.

“If they replace the trees they should be redwoods since the school is on Redwood Road,” said Wiseman. But sad as he was to see the trees go, he was more unhappy with the school’s changing of its mascot from “Spartans” to “Trojans” when Canyon High converted to a middle school.

 

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